Named after Kasaragod Town, Kasargod, the northernmost district of Kerala is famous across the world for its coir and handloom industries. With a coastline of nearly 30kms, Kasargod is endowed with nine rivers and is well-known for its forts, rivers, hillocks, beaches and shrines. NH-66, which forms the backbone of Kerala’s road network enters Kerala via Talapady of Kasargod district.
Places to Stay
There are many affordable hotels in the district such as Apsara Regency (Tariff- Rs.500 onwards), Chandralayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs.1500 onwards), City Tower Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600 onwards).
The local festivals include Kumbala Bedi Utsava, and Moodappaseva, celebrated in the Madhur Temple. And Bootha kola is a spiritual act performed in Kasargod.
As many as seven different languages are spoken here excluding the local dialects and tribal languages. The languages spoken include Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu, Beary bashe (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims) and Konkani. Besides these, Marathi, Hindi, Havyaka Kannada and Urdu are also spoken here.
Places to visit
The places to see near this scenic beach town are the Bekal Fort, the biggest fort in Kerala (15kms), the Ananthapura Lake Temple, the Mallikarjuna Temple. The Mallik Deenar Mosque (3kms) is one of the first masjids in India built during the period of the prophet Muhammad by swahabi 'Malik-ibn-Deenar'. The Bela Church, built in 1890, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is located 14kms north of Kasaragod.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, which is located at a distance of 50kms.
Kasaragod Railway Station is a major railway station that serves the Kasaragod Town in the Kasaragod District of Kerala.
Kasargod Bus Station is situated in the heart of Kasargod town, 3km away from the Kasargod Railway Station. The popular bus operators in the area include Sri Durgamba Travels, Kallada Travels and Ganesh Travels & Tours. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.
The coastal town of Bhatkal in Karnataka has endless attractions to offer its tourists from beaches to hill stations and waterfalls. Its capital city, Bangalore, is based at a distance of 491 km from here. Murdeshwara Temple, Kannigundi falls, Kadvinkattu dam, Jali beach, Bandar beach, Gandhi falls and Marukere Hill Station are some of the major attractions in and around the town. Do the miss the mouth-watering Bhatkali Biriyani when you are visiting this town.
Budget Hotels in Bhatkal
Hotel Kwality is one of the most convenient places to stay in Bhatkal. The other popular lodges are Kola Paradise followed by Central Lodge.
Kannada is the official language of this area.
Events in Bhatkal
Some of the important festivals of Bhatkal are Pongal (January), Ganesh Chaturthi (August) and Diwali (November).
Places to See in Bhatkal
Bhatkal is popular for its Vijayanagar carvings. The beautifully built mosques are Sultani Masjid Mosque followed by the Noor Masjid and the famous Khalifa Masjid. Besides the holy places this town is also well known for its educational institutions like Anjuma Hami-e-Muslimeen. It was founded in 1919. The most popular temple is the Kethapayya Narayan temple. This temple is known for its cultural significance.
How to Get There
The Mangalore International airport is located very close to it. One can select any flight that takes off to various destinations from here.
The railway station that is nearest is the Bhatkal station. There are trains that run to Mangalore as well as Mumbai.
There are numerous buses that ply to and fro from here. They lie on the National Highway 17. The people have the option to choose from luxury to sleeper buses. The payment can be made either through the ATMs or through the bank account. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.