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 coastal village in Karnataka, Sastana is just 17 km away from Udupi. It is a perfect place for those who are looking for offbeat destinations. Its proximity to places like Aroor (13 km), Udupi (17 km) and Malpe (22 km) makes this place even more attractive. There are numerous beaches to explore, if you want to enjoy the sand and sun.
Places to Stay
If you are looking for budget hotels, then head to Udupi, which is just 17 km away from here. There are several hotels that tourists can choose from like Rukmini Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs.700), Summer Park Hotel (Tariff –Rs.900) and Sharada International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,100).
The languages spoken here are Kannada and English.
Some of the major festivals celebrated in Sastana are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sastana being a coastal town has numerous beaches to explore, including the Padukere Beach (9 km), Beach Bengre Kemmannu (19 km), Beejadi Beach (14 km), Malpe Beach (23 km) and Maravanthe beach (32 km). Other places of attraction include Aroor (13 km), Udupi (17 km) and Malpe (22 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from this town is the Mangalore Airport (73 km).
The major railhead connecting this town is in Udipi, which is 21 km away.
Buses are available from Udupi, Bangalore and Mysore. SRS Travels, Durgamba Motors, Bharati Tourists and Sugama Tourists are some of the top operators plying their buses on this route. To book bus tickets online, you can log on to www.ticketgoose.com.