Bekal fort is one of the must-visit place in Kasargod. It is considered as the pride of Kasaragod because it is one of the largest fort in Kerala. The fort was built by Shivappa Nayaka of Keladi over 300 years ago. It was an an important military station for Tipu Sultan during war course. It was built using laterite slabs and with a polygonal shape.
The fort rises 130 feet above the sea level and is situated on a headland spanning 35Km. some of the key features of Bekal fort are the water tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the observation tower.
Location: A Half-hour away south of Kasaragod at a distance of 16 kilometers, and the exact address is Kasaragod Road, PO Bekal Fort, Beside Bekal Fort Railway Station Dist, Bekal, Kerala 671316
Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry fee: Rs 20. No ticket is required for children up to 15 years old. Tickets can be availed until 5.00pm
Ranipuram Hill Station
It is one of the best trekking places in Kerala. hill top view can melt the heart of any traveler. the hill is at a height of 750m above the sea level. Earlier Ranipuram was known as Madathumala. It is bordered by Thalacauveri wild life sanctuary in Karnataka. The climate of Ranipuram hill triggers the growth of grasslands, sholas and lush evergreen monsoon forest vegetation. The mist, fog and cold weather preserve the nick name Kerala’s Ooty. The temperature is ranging between 22 degrees to 45 degree Celsius in summer and in winter it is ranging 12 to 33 degree Celsius in winter.
Location: It is located near Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala-Karnataka border. Ranipuram is 48 km from the nearest city Kanhangad and 107 km from the major port city of Mangalore. Pin 671532
Timings: This place can be visited anytime, and is open for all.
Entry fee: None.
The travelers who are seeking inner peace and meditation must visit Mallikarjuna temple, One of the oldest and significant temples in Kasaragod. The temple is devoted to shiva so it is known as Mallikarjuna temple. The temple was built by the Ikkeri kings for facilitating worship to the warriors brought from Karnataka. The structures of the temple include sreekovil, namaskara mandapam, chuttambalam,valiya-balikkal and maryaada with arches.There are some modern colour paintings at the inner wall of valiyambalam, depicting figurines of Sree Sankaracharya, Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. Yakshagana performances are common in the temple premises. The Kumbala River flows close by to the south of the temple.
Location: Kasaragod, Kerala 671123
Timings: The temple is 24 hours open for all.
Entry fee: None
It is an ideal location to enjoy with family and friends. The beach is well known for being “home” to the Olive Ridley Turtle species. It is at this beach that a non-governmental organization called “Neythal” operates a breeding centre of the rare Oliver Ridley Turtles species. In addition to this beach is also known for magnificent views of the “setting sun”. December to February is “pleasant” with the temperature ranging from a maximum 20 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius. So the ideal time to visit this beach is from December to February. This beach is located at a point where the Thejeswini River meets the Arabian Sea. In addition to this beach is known for its “serenity”, and is surrounded by beautiful palm trees.
Location: Just one hour away from Kasaragod.
Timings: You can visit the beach whenever you want, as it is all time open.
Entry fee: None
Ananthapura Lake Temple
Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple or Anantha Lake Temple is a Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake in the little village of Ananthapura. The temple is unique in its structural aspects for it is erected in the middle of an impressive lake of 302 feet. The sreekovil, namaskara-mandapam, thitappalli, and shrines of Jala-Durga and the entrance of the caves are located in the lake.The principal deity is Lord Vishnu. One of the key features of the temple is that the original idols in the sanctum sanctorum were made of a rare combination of more than 70 medicinal materials called `kadu-sharkara-yogam.’ The temple has an excellent collection of wood carvings on the ceilings of the mandapam and many rare pictures of dashavatharam. Temple is famous for ‘guardian’ crocodile named bibiya. It is said that the crocodile has been in the temple pond for over 70 years now.
Location: Northern tip of Karela, 6 kilometers from Kumbala.
Timings: The timings are bifurcated in two slots one is 5:30 am to 12:30 pm and next is from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Entry fee: None.
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