The northern most district of Kerala, Kasaragod lies on the seacoast and borders the Coorg and Mangalore districts of Karnataka in the East and North directions. A land of diverse languages of which Tulu, Kannada, Malayalam, Konkani and Tamil are the most spoken ones here.
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The town has 12 rivers, with the longest one being the Chandragiri River, which flows from Pattimala in Coorg and embraces the sea at Thalangara near Kasaragod. It is also well known for the landmark destinations of Madhur Temple, Ananthapura Temple, Theruvatthu Mosque, Chandragiri Fort and the Malik Deenar Mosque.
Start Point : Bengaluru
Best Time To Visit: It is a year-round destination. Due to its close proximity to the sea, the summers tend to get very humid and hot, hence the ideal time to visit this place would be from September to Mid March.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport, which is about 70 km from here. The airport receives flights from across the country and from other countries.
By Train: The Kasaragod Railway station is well connected to all the major cities across the country, with regular trains operating from Bangalore, Trivandrum and other places.
By Road: Kasaragod is well connected by roads and has regular bus services operating from Bengaluru and other cities. If you would opt to travel by your own, you could wish to take any of the 3 routes that are mentioned below.
Route 2: Bengaluru - Ramanagara - Mandya - Hunsur - Madikeri - Sullia - Kasaragod, via NH 275
Route 3: Bengaluru - Kanakapura - Malavalli - Mysuru - Hunsur - Madikeri - Sullia - Kasaragod, via NH 209 and 275.
If you choose to drive using Route 1, it would take you around 7.5 hours to cover a total distance of 372 km from Bengaluru to Kasaragod. The road takes you through the beautiful ghats of Sakleshpur and Hassan. It also passes through the famous temple town of Kukke Subramanya.
If you are opting to travel by Route 2, it would take you approximately 8 hours to cover the total distance of 363 km; and it would take you around 9 hours to cover the distance of 386 km via Route 3 which goes through the NH 209 and 275.
The journey can be planned as a long weekend drive from Bengaluru, leaving early on a Friday morning; and after spending a day and a half, one could opt to return on Sunday early morning or early afternoon and reach Bengaluru by nightfall.
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If you are taking Route 1, Hassan could be considered as an ideal stopover for a filling breakfast at Adyar Ananda Bhavan on the highway or at one of the small eateries lined up across the highway. After which you can proceed towards Kukke Subramanya and later head towards Kasaragod.
As you drive through Hassan and Sakleshpur, the beauty of nature takes you to a tour of the beautiful ghat sections here, along with the coffee estates and you could witness nature at its best here.
The next stop is at the temple town of Subramanya, which is home to the famous Kukke Subramanya Temple. One could stopover here for a vegetarian meal, and also opt to pay a visit to the beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya.
The temple town is at the base of one of the tallest peaks in Karnataka, which is the Kumara Parvata. It also forms the background for the temple and is a major attraction for the trekking enthusiasts. The total hiking distance from Subramanya to Kumara Paravatha is around 16 km, the trek is a challenging one and would take around 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit from the base camp.
After the lunch and visit to the temple, one can head towards the destination of Kasaragod, which is about 92 km and would take you an hour or two to reach the place.
Once you reach Kasaragod, the place has plenty of sights to offer you, from ancient temples and forts to beaches, backwaters and its rich culture.
The Bekal Fort is a must-visit attraction when in Kasaragod. The fort is the pride of the district, it is a key hole-shaped structure which was constructed around 300 years ago for defense purposes. The Madhur Temple is a very fine example of the Kerala style of architecture, though the primary deity is Shiva, but it is more dominant to Ganapathi.
The Chandragiri Fort was built on the similar lines of the Bekal Fort in the 17th century. It is built on a hillock on the banks of the Chandragiri River. The Ananthapura Lake Temple is another must visit when in Kasaragod. It is believed to be the moolasthanam or the original seat of the Sri Padmanabha Swami of Trivandrum. The temple is also known for the vegetarian crocodile which lives in the temple pond.
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The beaches of Kappil and Kanwathreetha are a must visit for the beach lovers. The Malik Deenar Juma Masjid is another important landmark. The mosque was built by Malik bin Deenar, one of the first propagators of Islam in Kerala. It is built in a typical Kerala style of architecture about 1400 years ago.