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.
Manoor, a small coastal village in Karnataka’s Udupi district, is located near the Arabian Sea. There are beaches, backwaters and estuaries near this village which makes it a perfect getaway. Its district headquarters, Udupi, is 25 km away and Bangalore, its capital city, is 430 km away. This village is known for its scenic surroundings.
Places to Stay
Manoor does not provide hotel accommodation. Visitors to this village can book rooms in Udupi, which is nearby. Some of the budget hotel located here are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Varsha Guest House (Tariff – Rs.449), Hotel Rukmini Residency (Tariff – Rs.650) and Hotel Sharada International (Tariff – Rs.607).
The languages spoken in Manoor are Tulu, Konkani, Beary Bashe and Kannada.
The most important festivals celebrated here are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Krishna Janmashtami in August, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Manoor. These places include Udupi (25 km), Hoovina Kere (4 km), Padukere Beach (4 km), Beejadi Beach (5 km), Kundapur Backwater (11 km), Gangolii Estuary (14 km) and Krishna Mutt 9 km away from this area.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport, which is 77 km away from Manoor, is the nearest one from the village.
Udupi Railway Station, which is 29 km away from this village, is the nearest and major railhead.
There are regular bus trips from nearby villages to this region. Private bus operators such as Sri Durgamba Travels run buses daily from Mangalore to Manoor. Travel websites offer discount on bus ticket booking, especially during the festive season.