Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala, is blessed with natural beauty and a rich history. A place that should be on every traveller’s list, the region offers more than scenic views. It is a hub of vivid cultures, rituals, cuisines and religious harmony. Described as Saptha Bhasha Sangama Bhoomi, which means ‘the land of seven languages’, people speak the languages of Beary, Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, Malayalam, Marathi and Urdu. Different dialects are used for the same language. Traditional folk forms like theyyam and yakshagana can be witnessed in all their glory. Local festivals are celebrated with devotion and pride.
Forts and monuments visible across the district are evidence of the historical significance the place holds. Kings, sultans, chieftains, Kasargod has seen them all, with each having left a mark visible even today. Bekal fort is the most popular historical site in the district. Historians state that the fort dates back to the time of the ‘Chirakkal Rajas’ and was built as a defence for the surrounding royal palaces.
Kasaragod is a nature lover’s delight. Beaches, estuaries, valleys and the enchanting Western Ghats offer something for everyone, be it the water baby or the mountain lover. With one of the best trekking spots, Ranipuram Hills, abound in grasslands and evergreen shola forests, charms every visitor. Trekkers are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Western Ghats spread across Karnataka and Coorg. With a coastline of 70 kilometres, calming waves and alluring sunsets, and a taste of its local delicacies, Kasaragod promises a laid-back vacation which won’t disappoint.