The district is the northernmost one of Kerala. It used to be part of the South Kanara district of Madras state. It was made part of Kerala in 1956 and joined Kannur in 1957. And in 1984, it became an independent district of Kerala. The place’s etymology is very interesting. Some believe it came from the ‘kaasaraka’ tree, found in plenty here. Another group believes that it came from two Sanskrit words, ‘kaasaara’ meaning lake or pond, and ‘kroda’, a place with hidden treasure. You’ll find the trees and many ponds, leaving you windering which theory to believe.
Kasargod is situated on an extraordinary part of Kerala that has scintillating natural features apt for ancient temples and festivals. The department of archeology and agriculture has some interesting things to offer. The only ‘Lake Temple’ of Kerala belongs to this region. Kasargod has hill resorts that are breathtaking. The district has a long Islamic culture and history.
Its closeness to Karnataka has influenced Kasargod’s ways of life, culture and religions. Temples, churches and mosques co-exist here. There is also a sizeable number of Konkanis and Tulus here. Kasargod is famous for art forms like Yakshagana, Bombeyattu and Theyyam. Also famous are Pulikkali and Oppana. Oppana is performed by Muslim youths.
Kasargod is home to the Bekel Fort. It is located close to the sea and is characterised by cliffs and rocky coverings. There are hilly regions and lowlands, too. There are beautiful beaches in the district. Many resorts have come up in Kasargod recently. It is one of the lesser explored areas of Kerala.
It is about fours to Calicut, which has the nearest airport. It is situated on the rail route connecting it to Trivandrum and Cochin. There are bus services from Kannur, Trivandrum, Calicut, Wayanad and Cochin. It is only a couple of hours drive to Mangalore and Udupi in Karnataka. It is easy to travel to south Karnataka from here.
Rivers of Kasargod
Twelve rivers irrigate this district. The longest is Chandragiri, over 100km long. It traces its source from Pattimala in Coorg, a southern district in Karnataka.
It joins the sea at Thalangara, near Kasargod. The river gets its name from the Chandragupta Vasti, where the great Maurya emperor Chandragupta is believed to have spent his last days as a sage.
Kariankod is the second longest river and has a dam being built across it at Kakkadavu. Other major rivers are Shriya, Uppala, Nileshwar, Kumbala and Kalanad
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