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.
Surathkal is a municipal town situated on NH 66 in the South Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is located at a distance of 13 km from the district headquarters of Mangalore. The town is famous for the sacred Mahalingeshwara Temple which attracts many devotees all the year round. The town has many spectacular beaches and natural lakes that are ideal for visiting. The nearest cities to Surathkal are Mangalore (13 km) and Udupi (42 km).
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable rates are located in the region. Some of them which are worth giving a try are Lalit International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Maharaja International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Laxmi Mahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Poonja International (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Srinivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), The prestige (Tariff – Rs. 900) and many more.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Apart from this, Tulu is also widely spoken in the area.
The important festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm are Makar Sankranti in January, Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Hampi Festival in November, Dussehra in October and many more.
Places of Interest
Surathkal is blessed with a number of picturesque beaches named as Surathkal Beach with the lighthouse that offers the breathtaking sunset view as well as the beautiful Panambur Beach. There are also number of natural waterfalls such as Hanuman Gundi waterfalls, Unchalli Falls, Jog Falls, and Sirimane Falls that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 15 km from the town.
Surathkal Railway Station, located at a distance of 1 km is the nearest railway station from the region.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that operates between many destinations. There are also many private operators such as Sri Dugamba Travels and others that provide services between many places. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.