Kerala Districts - KASARGOD The district is the northern most district of state of Kerala.To its south lies Kannur District and to the north the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka state. All along its east it is walled by the Western Ghats while along the west the Arabian Sea borders it. Kasargod district is one of the rare districts in India which houses as many as 7 different languages. The administrative language is Malayalam. Tulu, Beary bashe, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani are also spoken. Area: 1961 sq. km Population: 1,070,629 (2001 census), Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Altitude: Sea level Kasaragod has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5% Kasargod District Constituencies : Manjeshwar, Kasargod, Udma, Kanhangad and Trikkaripur. Kasaragod is a land of Temples, Mosques and Churches. It has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for the art forms of Yakshagana, Bombe-yattu and Theyyam. Traditional art forms of pulikkali, oppana etc adds colour to festivals and celebrations. HISTORY Kasaragod district was part of South Kanara district of Madras state prior to the States reorganisation on 1st November 1956. On that day Kasaragod taluk was made part of the re-organised Malabar district of Kerala state. Two months later on 1st January 1957, the present region covered by Kasaragod district became a part of the newly formed Cannanore (later renamed as Kanoor) district. Along with it the erstwhile Kasaragod taluk was bifurcated into Kasaragod and Hosdurg taluks. In 1984 Kasaragod became a new district with Kasaragod town as its headquarters. ACCESSIBILITY Telephone access code: +91-4994 Air: Nearest airports: Mangalore (69 km), Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode (200 km) Rail: On the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route. Enquiry: Ph: 230200 Road: An excellent network of roads connect Kasaragod to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Tourist information offices: Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Ltd. Ph: 0467-2272007 Thanal Vishrama Kendram Bekal Fort Ph: 0467-2272900 Email: email@example.com www.bekal.org DTPC Ph: 04994 256450 www.dtpckasaragod.com Govt. Guest House Ph: 04994-230876 Fax: 230060 PWD Rest House Ph: 04994-230606 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Kasaragod is the one of the most beautiful districts in Kerala state endowed with 11 rivers (out of a total of the 44 rivers that flow in Kerala), hills, beaches, backwaters, as well as temples, churches, mosques and forts. Bekal Fort - It is the biggest fort in Kerala today and is 14 km from Kanhangad and 10 km from Kasaragod town. The nearest railway station is Pallikere railway station, which is now called the Bekal Fort Railway Station, and the nearest airport is Mangalore Airport. Ananthapura Lake Temple, an ancient and attractive-looking temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Mallikarjuna Temple is another temple in the heart of Kasargod Town and is dedicated to Sri Krishna. Ranipuram Hill Station - A conglomerate of grassy hills near Panathady Town and linked to Kanhangad by Kanhangad-Panathur state highway. Kottencheri hills - Located near Talakaveri which is the starting point of the Kaveri river. It is 36 km from Kanhangad Town.Valiyaparamba Backwaters. Anandashramam, situated about five kms. east of the Kanhangad Railway Station, was founded in 1939 by Swami Ramadas, a great Vaishnava saint of modern times. The main asramam and other buildings have a beautiful setting in the midst of shady mango, coconut and other groves. There is a hill to the east of the asramam, to which the devotees retire for quiet meditation and from its west, the surrounding extensive landscape can be seen in its natural grandeur. The Nityanandasramam, which is situated on the hillock about half a km. south of the Hosdurg taluk office, was founded by Swami Nityananda. The spot was at first part of a forest area. Here Swami Nityananda constructed 45 guhas (caves) in a mountain slope. There is a temple built in 1963, after the style and design of the famous Somanatha Temple in Gujarat. A full size statue of Swami Nityananda in sitting posture made of panchaloha is one of the attractions of the asramam. Other tourist attractions are Chandragiri Fort, Kappil beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters and Kareem forest park - the only man made forest in the Kerala. The forest park is located in Parappa near Nileshwar.