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.
Thekkatte is a small coastal village in Kundapura of Udupi district, Karnataka. Udupi is 30 km away and Bangalore is 432 km from Thekkatte. Nearby coastal cities are Karkala, Udupi, Kota, and Mudbidri. There are several beaches along the coastal line. People can also visit surrounding areas like Karkala, Bhatkal, Hosanagara, and Udupi.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels located around Thekkatte. Affordable hotels are available in Kundapura, 10 km from Thekkatte. Some of the hotels are Parijatha Lodge (Tariff – Rs.393), Hotel Shalom (Tariff – Rs.341), Jewel Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.900), and Hotel Sharon (Tariff – Rs.572).
The languages spoken in Thekkatte are Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Beary Bashe, English, and Hindi.
Important festivals celebrated in Thekkatte are Kite Festival in January, Ugadi in March-April, Krishna Janmashtami and Mosaru Kudike held during August-September, Shivratri in February, and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many beaches which are famous for their water sports. Some of the places in Kundapura which are worth visiting are Kodi Beach (7 km), Kundeshwara Temple (2 km), Trasi (12 km), and Marvanthe Beach (13 km).
How to Get There
The Bajpe Airport, which is about 82 km from Thekkatte, is the nearest.
There are no railway stations in this area. Kundapur Railway Station is 12 km from Thekkatte.
There are many state-owned and private buses that connect Thekkatte to other localities. Some of the private operators like Sri Durgamaba Travels and Sugama Travels have regular trips to Thekkatte from places like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, and Dharwad. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.