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.
Located at a distance of 8 km from Mangalore Station, Kottara Chowki is situated in the port city of Mangalore and is about 350 km west of state capital, Bangalore. This town is known for its Karavali College which offers a wide variety of courses. The Kadri Manjunath Temple and its history attract tourists to this town all year through.
Places to Stay
Kottara Chowki has some good budget options. Some of them are Ginger Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1786) and Hotel Rizk (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The local language is Kannada. The other languages spoken include Malayalam and Tulu.
The Annual 9-day festival at the Kadri Manjunath Temple, in the month of January, is an important event of this town.
Places of Interest
New Manglore Port (1.9 km away) is a famous tourist attraction in this town. Jami Mosque of Zinad Baksh (1.3 km away) and Kadri Manjunatha Temple (2.0 km away) are some places that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
The nearest Airport to Kottara Chowki is the Mangalore Airport, which is located at a distance of 16 km away.
The closest railway station is situated at a distance of 7 km away, which is the Mangalore Central Railway Station.
Bus operators like Sri Durgamba Travels offer good experience to passengers. Book online bus ticket in advance from Ticketgoose.com for a hassle-free travel.