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KANHANGAD : Town located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala State in South India. (12km from Kasargod) It is the headquarters of the Hosdurg Taluk, Kanhangad is fascinating and main business city of Kasargod District. Honoring with Bekal fort, Kalanad fort, Nithyanandasramam, Anandasramam, 72 km long most beautiful beach (Arabian Sea), charming hill station, spiritual centers, rivers, Ranipuram valley, forest, paddy field, tobacco cultivation are attract tourists and make it famous. People are kind, honest, loving, cultural, educated, religious and economically developed. In Kanhangad, there are two churches, one Catholic and the other a Protestant. There are also a number of mosques also located here.
TRANSPORTATION: In town taxi, bus and an auto-rickshaw are different modes of vehicles available for transportation.
ECONOMY: Mainly Agriculture, Fishing, Cashew nut, coconut, paddy, tobacco, business and most of the people related to working abroad.
EDUCATION: The number of Government and Public educational institutions are working in Kanhangad, mainly for higher education institutes are Nehru Arts & Science College, Agricultural college and Swamy Nithyananda Polytechnic. For Islamic learning Kanhangad Muslim Yatheemkhana (Orphanage) since 1973 for College of Islamic studies & Da-Awa, Madarasa recognized by All Kerala Islamic Education Board, Afsal-Ul-Ulama Course of Calicut University, Industrial Training Center & Tailoring School approved by NCVT, Government of India. Rotary MBM Charitable Trust, has been running a special school for mentally retarded children since 1990.
A OUTLOOK AROUND KANHANGAD AND IN KASARAGOD
T O U R I S T A T T R A C T I O N S
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KASARAGOD: The north most district of Kerala, Kasargod is situated on the seacoast bordered by hilly Kodagu and Mangalore districts of Karnataka in the east and north. It unique natural and cultural attractions Kasargod is known as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The nearest Mangalore Air Port is just 55km away from the town and buses are available from here to all the tourist places. (www.kasargod.nic.in)
BEKAL FORT: (16km south of Kasaragod on the national highway): Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam meaning Big Palace. The term Baliakulam got corrupted as Bekulam and later Bekal. This is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala and it is now being developed into an international tourist destination. Bekal Fort is considered to be part of a chain of forts constructed by Sivappa Naik for the defense of the kingdom. Another version says that Shivappa Naik from the Kolathiri Rajas, who were its owners, captured the fort. Hyder Ali of Mysore Kingdom taken the control of Bekal Fort in 1763. After his death in 1782, Tippu Sultan was successful in taking the Malabar under his Kingdom. An old mosque near the fort is believed to have been built by Tippu Sultan. The British (East India Company) got Canara after the death of Tippu in 1799. Buses are available in every 10 minutes from Kasargod & Kanhangad to Bekal. (www.bekal.com)
PALLIKERA BEACH: (1km from Bekal Fort): This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.
BEKAL HOLE AQUA PARK: (1km from Bekal Fort): The only one of its kind in northern Kerala, this unique Aqua Park provides water sport facilities like paddleboats and water cycles.
THE BEKAL TOURISM PROJECT: There is a dream project to make it as the Finest Resort in Asia. 130 acres of pristine land with all the attractions including backwaters, beaches, hill stations etc. is being developed into what will be Asia's finest Resort. Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) was set up by the Government of Kerala to develop Bekal as a tourist destination. BRDC focuses on planned, environment friendly and geographically viable methods of development. The company concentrates on setting up comprehensive tourism infrastructure, at the same time ensuring that the development is beneficial to the local community.
KAPPIL BEACH: (6km from Bekal Fort): Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
ANANDRASRAMAM: (15km from Bekal or 5km from Kanhangad.): This internationally renowned spiritual center founded by Swami Ramdas (a great Vaishnava saint of modern times) in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience best suited for meditation and spiritual studies. Shady trees surround the main Ashram and other buildings. A tall hill to the east of the Ashram is so fascinating that the devotees go up the hill and meditate in deep peace and tranquility.
VALIYAPARAMBA: (30km from Bekal): This is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favored backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises.
MANJESWARAM: A number of temples and fifteen mosques make this cashew-growing town a prominent pilgrim center. Jain Temples: There are two old Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern bank of the Manjeswar River. Churches: About 11 km from Kumbla on the Kumbla –Badiadka road is the Mother Dolorus Church of Bela. The 100 years old Roman Catholic Church is built in the Gothic style. The Our Lady of Sorrows Church constructed in 1890, is the oldest in the district. The memorial of the late Govinda Pai, the grand patriarch of Kannada literature, is also located at Manjeswaram.
KANWATHEERTHA BEACH: (3km from Manjeswaram): A large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.
HOSDURG FORT: (half km. south of the Hosdurg town) this is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognized spiritual center. The spot was at first part of the forest area. Here constructed 45 guhas (caves) in a mountain slope. A full size statue of Swami Nityananda in sitting posture made of pancha-loha is one of the attractions of the asramam. There is a famous temple built in 1963, after the style and design of the famous Somnatha Temple in Gujarat, which is known as Karpooreshwara Temple. Several public offices are located within its premises.
CHERUVATHUR: This is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath. The ruins of a Dutch fort built in the 18th century can be found in the Veeramala Hills. Cheruvathur is also a fascinating picnic spot.
KOTTANCHERRY: (30 km north east of Kanhangad): This place bears great resemblance to the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. This rain forest near Panathur is a beautiful picnic center, which is also ideal for trekking.
CHANDRAGIRI: Situated on the Chandragiri River, southeast of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fort, one of a chain of forts built by the same ruler, offers a breathtaking view of the river and the Arabian Sea. It is a vantage point to watch the sunset. There are two bridges over the Chandragiri river in Chemnad & Tekkil. The view from the bridges is very beautiful and not to be missed. Chandragiri Cruises: Boat trips to nearby islands and palm groves. Boarding point: Chandragiri bridge.
RANIPURAM: (85km from Kasaragod town & 9km from Panathur): generally known as 'Hill Station of Kanhangad', is a marvellous green land. Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation - evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as Madathumala. The extensive forests of Madathumala merge with the forests of Karnataka. Ranipuram in its natural beauty is comparable to Ooty. Wild elephants can be seen wandering on the top of the mountains. Jeep services to Ranipuram are readily available from Panathady, which is linked to Kanhangad by frequent bus services. Accommodation: DTPC cottages.
TRIKKARIPUR: The old seat of the Thazhekattu Mana, Trikkaripur is the hometown of T S Thirumumb, poet and freedom fighter, and Guru Chandu Panikkar, the famous Kathakali artist. (www.trikaripur.com)
EDANEER MUTT: (10km north east of Kasaragod) situated on the Kasargod-Badiadka-Puttur road. Edneer Mutt was established by the swamiji of Trichambaram. It attracts devotees from all over Kerala, Karnataka and other states. The Mutt of Edneer renowned as a seat of art and learning belongs to the Sankaracharya tradition.
POSSADIGUMPE: (18 km east of Mangalpady in Dharmathadka): This is an ideal picnic spot, located on a hillock 1060 ft. above sea level.
TULUR VANAM: (4 km east of Panathur): Also known as Kekulom (the eastern place). The temple here is consecrated to Kshetrapalan and Bhagavathi. The eight day annual festival commencing from Sivarathri, attracts large crowds from all over the district as well as from Coorg.
PANDIYAN KALLU: A rock rising in the sea about 2 km from the Trikkannad Temple, Pandiyan Kallu is an ideal spot for adventurous swimmers. Legend has it that the ship of one of the Pandiya Kings who attacked the Trikkannad Temple was converted into a rock.
NILESSWARAM: (8km from Kanhangad) The cultural centre of the district, this was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The Nileswaram palace today functions as the folklore center of the Dept. of Archaeology. The town is also famous for its numerous kavus (shrines), temple festivals and the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Center which offers rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like mud and herbal baths. (www.nileshwar.com)
BADIADKA: The name Badiadka derived from Badi (temple) & adka (ground) and still you can see the old temple in the town. This place is on the top of a small hill and the state highway is passing through the town till the end of Keral border. Badiadka is the centre point to connect Kumbla Kasargod, Mulleria and Puttur. All the Government Offices, Schools, Hospitals, Banks, Police Station and Telephone Exchanges are located in the town.
KOTTAPURAM: The place derived its name from the mud fort built by the Nileshwar Rajas and later annexed by the Bednore Nayakas in the 18th century. A Mosque and a Hindu shrine stand close by as a symbol of communal harmony.
KUDLU: It was at Kudlu in the suburbs of Kasaragod; where the famous eight-day discourse between Madhwacharya, the great Dwaita philosopher and Trivikarama Pandit, the famous Adwaita scholar, took place. The discourse held in the presence of king Jayasimba of Kumbla, ended in the victory of Madhavacharya and the -acceptance of the Dwaita philosophy by Trivikarama Pandit.
KUMBLA: (13km north of Kasargod) Town was the seat of the Rajahs of Kumbla Kingdom who ruled the present Kasargod Taluk. It was under Tippu Sultan and later ruled by the English East India Company. The "Father of Yakshagana", Parthishubha was born in Kumbla in the 18th Century. Sree Gopala Krishna Temple It is situated in the heart of the town at the foot of an elevated hill which rises majestically in front of it, with Kumbla river flanking it on the left. The festival in this temple is very popular in this area and commences with the Dhwajaarohanam on the Makara Sankramana day.P I L G R I M C E N T E R S
MALIK DEENAR MOSQUE: Kasaragod acquired over the years considerable importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. The historic Malik Deener Juma Masjid built in the typical Kerala style is believed to have been founded by Malik Ibin Dinar. The Juma Masjid, which is one of the best kept and most attractive in the district is located at Thalankara. It contains the grave of Malik lbn Mohammad, one of the descendants of Malik lbn Dinar and the place is sacred to Muslims. An important local celebration takes place every year in commemoration of the arrival of Malik lbn Dinar. The Uroos attract pilgrims from all over India.
ULLAL DARGA: The Ullal darga and Uroos fair is attracting thousands of people from all over India irrespective of religion. Darga is 40km away from Kasargod town. The Sayyid Madani Dargah observes Uroos once in five years and managed by a registered Trust which runs an Arabic College, a Technical Education Institute, a charitable hospital etc.
NELLIKUNNU MOSQUE: The mosque is popular because of the Uroos in the name of “Thangal Uppappa” whose grave is in the mosque. It is believed that he was an ‘Auliya’ from the same place and had lot of miracles. It is just 2km away from the Kasargod town.
PERDALA JAARAM: is situated on the top of a small hill and the Uroos in every two year is famous in this area. Festival in Perdala temple also famous among other communities.
ANANTHAPURA LAKE TEMPLE: (30km from Bekal): This 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of -Anandapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.
TRIKKANNAD: (1km from Bekal) This is a Shiva temple on the sea shore. It's very close to Pandiyan Kallu which is a tourist attraction.
PALAKKUNNU BAHAVATHI KSHETRAM: The annual Bharani festival is popular in this area and thousands of people from other area also gathering here for the festival. It is situated 1km north of Trikkannad on the Kasargod-Kanhangad road.
BELA CHURCH: Our lady of Sorrows Church, oldest in the Kasargod district and constructed in 1890; 7 kms from Badiadka on the Kumbla - Badiadka Road.
NARAMPADY CHURCH: This church is known as St.John Britto Church and this was established in 1939. The church is on the Badiadka- Mulleria route.
ANANTHESWAR TEMPLE: This temple is more famous than Manjeswar itself. Pilgrims from all over India is visiting this place and is more popular in Goa, Karnataka and Kanyakumari.The annual festival is on the sixth Lunar Day of the bright half of the Margashira month, usually between the third week of November and third week of December. This festival is also known as Shashti Festival.
MADIYANKULAM DURGA TEMPLE: This Bhadrakali Temple at Kanhangad in Hosdurg is famed for its Bhutha dance (pootham) performed in connection with the annual festivals in May/June & December/January.
ADOOR SREE MAHALINGESWARA TEMPLE: (45 km from Kasaragod): Located in wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the River Payaswini, this ancient Siva Temple contains a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script which has been ascribed to the Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman II (745 - 755 AD).
MADHUR TEMPLE: (8km north of Kasaragod town): The Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple, with its rich architecture and copper plate roofing, rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of the Madhuvahini River. The Madhur temple is a Siva temple with Srimad Anantheswara as its presiding deity. The Sivalingam of the temple is said to have been founded by a harijan woman Madharu. A Special festival associated with the Madhur Temple is the Moodappaseva. The large figure of Maha Ganapathi is covered with appam.
F E S T I V A L S
PATTULSAVAM. MADIYAN KOVILAKAM, KANHANGAD: Nine day annual festival in January. Highlights: Cultural performances, religious rites, grand elephant processions Chaliyaporattu festival, Chuliyar Bhagavathy Temple, Aniyal Theru (3 km from Kanhangad): Annual festival in March named after the popular folk art of the name, prevalent in North Kerala.
PALAKUNNU BHARANI: The event is marked by processions and brilliant fire works. (First week of March)
KALOM KANIPU UTSAVOM Palakunnu: Women's procession with earthen pots which are later displayed at the local temple.
NILESWAR POORAKALI: Folk dance of men performed at the Nagacherry Bhagavathy Temple (last week of March to first week of April) Utsavam at Pishakarikavu Temple (March) Pooram at Arakkal Temple (March/April) Annual festivals at Lokanarkavu Temple (March/April, November/December) (www.poorakkali.com)
UROOS: is celebrating in the name of “Aulia” whose grave (Makham) is in the mosque, these are, Nellikunnu Makhaam Uroos in the name of (Thangal Uppappa), Puthiya Kotta (Hosdurg) Makham Uroos (Fakeer Thakkiyyu Valiyullahi R.A), Athingal Makham Uroos (Assayid Samargandhi waliyullah R.A.), Manikoth Makham Uroos (Hazrath Waliyullahi Hasainar thangal), Poochakkad Makham uroos (Khazi hasainar thangal), Muttumthala Makham uroos (Syed Is-haque Waliyyullah Tangal) etc.
THEYYAM: Performed in houses, tharavads and shrines (October) Kanathur Theyyam Kaliyattom (last week of December every year) (www.theyyam.com)
YAKSHAGANA: Professional agency - Kottoor Karthikeya Kalakendra, Kottoor PO, Muliyar, Kasaragod This classical art form of Karnataka is very common in Kasaragod. Two variations of this performing art are Bayalattu and Bommayattu. Kannada Parthy Subba, The "Father of Yakshagana", Parthishubha was born in Kumbla in the 18th Century.