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.
Saligrama in Karnataka’s Udupi district is a beautiful coastal town. Its proximity to Kundapara (16 km) and Udupi (20 km) makes it a preferred weekend getaway for those who are looking for a break far away from the bustling city. There are several beaches like Padukere Beach (6 km), Beejadi Beach (11 km) and Beach Bengre Kemmannu (23 km), which are worth exploring.
Places to Stay
In terms of accommodation, Saligrama has very few options. Tourists can opt to stay in Udupi, where there are numerable budget hotels. Some of them are Summer Park Hotel (Tariff –Rs.900), Rukmini Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs.700) and Swadesh Heritage Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600).
Kannada is the official language of Saligrama.
Mahashivaratri in February, Ugadi in March-April and Dasara in September-October are some of the major festivals celebrated with great pomp in Saligrama.
Places of Interest
This place has several attractions, including beaches and temples worth visiting in Saligrama. Some of the beaches that tourists can visit are Padukere Beach (6 km), Beejadi Beach (11 km), Beach Bengre Kemmannu (23 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport, which is 78 km from here, is the closest to the village.
The nearest major railhead connecting this place is the Udupi Railway Station, which is 24 km away.
Direct buses are available from cities like Mumbai, Mysore and Bangalore. VRL Travels, Durgamba Travels, SRS Travels and Sugama Tourist are some of the top operators travelling on this route. Ticketgoose.com offers a wide variety of choices for bus booking anywhere in India.