Kasaragod: The Land of Yakshagana

The land of Yakshagana and Theyyam, Kasargod is acquiring prominence in the tourist map of India. This youngest district of Kerala has several features to offer to the enthusiastic backpackers and pilgrims. The enduring charm of its beach, the architectural marvel of the temples, mosques and churches and the unique and tell-tale folk art forms are genuine areas of attractions for the tourists.



Bekal fort and the adjoining beach selected by the Central government to develop into a special tourism area is the best bid of Kasargod for the promotion of tourism. 26 km south of Kasaragod town this magnificent and robust fort, overlooking the calm seas and the 'snow-white beach' is a perennial source of tourist attraction. Built by the Ikkeri Naikkanas in the 17th century the fort has seen many a war and siege for dominance. This exhilarating artifice has stood the test of time and remains a marvel to the eyes. The broad and extensive beach with a backdrop of the fishing village has a scenic beauty and natural charm.


Ananthapura Lake Temple

Ananthapura is the only lake temple in Kerala. Situated at Kumbala 12 km northeast of Kasaragod, it is considered the moolasthanam (original seat) of Anantha Padmanabha of Thiruvananthapuram. The annual festival at this temple is in the second fortnight of April.


Madhur Sidhi Vinayak Temple

Located eight kilometers northeast of Kasaragod is the famous Madhur Maha Ganapathi temple, which attracts thousands of pilgrims annually. This imposing three-tier architectural marvel is adorned with copper plate roofing and is set amid a beautiful landscape on the banks of river Madhuvahini. The unique architectural style of this temple is noted for its archaeological value.


Malik Dinar Mosque

The Malik Dinar Mosque at Thalankara is one of the first ten mosques built in India after the advent of Malik Mohammad Dinar to propagate Islam in India. The mortal remains of Malik Dinar is put to eternal rest near this mosque. Pilgrims in large numbers gather on the occasion of Uroose, the annual festival of this mosque.


Bela Church

The famous church at Bela 15 km north of Kasaragod is a famous pilgrim centre in the district. It was constructed in 1890 and is the oldest church in this area.



Yakshagana Bayalatta, the famous art form of the region is a colourful cultural treat. The father of Yakshagana Parthysubha belonged to Kumbala. This colourful dance drama is based on myths and legends.


Source: IT Department, Government of Kerala