Following the chain of forts built in this region by the Ikkeri dynasty, the sleepy little town of Kanhangad, 23 km southeast of Kasargod, was given a news name Hosdurg. Although only the ruins of the old fort remain, the legacy of the fort town endures to this day.
The town’s other claim to fame is the noted spiritual centre, Nithyananthashram, founded by Swami Nithyanda and situated on the outskirts, 4 km away. There is a yoga centre opposite the Bekal International Hotel. The Hosdurg beach too, is well worth a visit.