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.
A panchayat town in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, Mulki was earlier known as Moolikapur. Located on the banks of the Shambhavi River, the town is well-connected to neighbouring regions. The National highway 17 (Now NH 66) passes through the heart of Mulki town. The townsfolk are known for their skilled craft and they mostly thrive on agriculture and fishing.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Mulki. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Adhidhan and Punaroor Tourist Home that offers rooms from Rs.900 onwards.
All annual festivals like Ugadi, Sankranthi, Dussehra, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Kannada is the Local Language
Places to Visit
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Immaculate Conception Church,Noor Masjid, Shafi Jumma Masjid and Sri Venkataramana Temple are all located within 2kms of the town bus stand.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport which is 22km from Mulki is the nearest airport to this place.
Mulki has its own Railway Station
The MulkiBus Stand has regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourists, Seabird Tourists and Ideal Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Log on to Ticketgoose.com and get a cheap bus ticket.