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.
Kumta, a coastal town in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district is the perfect weekend getaway. Tourists can come and explore the beaches. This is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy marine life and for nature photographers. There are many attractions such as beaches, forts, dams and waterfalls in the nearby areas. The best time to visit Kumta is during the summer.
Budget Hotels in Kumta
There are many hotels providing reasonable charges for travellers to Kumta. One such budget hotel is Hotel Pandurang International (Tariff – Rs.818).
The languages spoken in Kumta are Konkani, Marathi and Kannada.
Events in Kumta
The important festivals in Kumta are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Kumta
Kumta has many tourist attractions in and around its town. These places are Kumta Beach (4 km), Vannalli Beach (5 km), Kadle Beach (6 km), Mirjan Fort (12 km), River Aghanashini (19 km), River Aghanashini Estuary (18 km), Gokarna (32 km), Honnavar (20 km) and Kasarkod Beach (23 km) away from Kumta.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport, which is 165 km away from Kumta.
Kumta Railway Station is just a kilometer away from the main town centre that connects Kumta to all major railway stations.
Kumta is regularly busy with state-run and private buses from neighbouring cities. Shreekumar Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels and Seabird Tourists are some of the private bus operators that run daily buses from Bangalore and Pune to Kumta. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.