Situated on the banks of the Payaswini River, Kasaragod’s many monuments bring back the colourful days of the Kolathiri rajas. Home to the largest and most well preserved fort in the entire State and abode of the popular Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque, it can also boast of the only lake temple in Kerala. The hinterland of this district is lush and green as it has 12 major and minor rivers coursing through it. The two rivers, Talapady and Trikaripur, actually demarcate the northern and southern boundaries of this busy town. The centre of Kasaragod bustles with business and trade in coir products, hides, skins and handloom. There are many bustling restaurants, and glitzy shops with rows of electronic goods and perfumes, owned by those who have returned from the Gulf countries, peddle their ware between outlets hawking banana and jackfruit chips.
This 17th century edifice, one of the best maintained in all of Kerala, is situated nearly 40 m above the waves of the Arabian Sea that crash against its bastions. An observation tower in the centre and the walkway along the periphery, both offer stupendous views of the ocean. There are underground tunnels connecting the moat on its eastern side with the sea. A 1909 British-built.guest house is now an outpost for the tourism police.
The Anjaneya Temple beside the gate has colourful stucco images of gods on its walls. Just outside is an old mosque with tall minarets and arched entrances, said to have been built by Tipu Sultan. The Pallikere Beach lies next to the fort. Other attractions include a Bekal hole aqua park and boat rides to the backwaters.
The village of Chandragiri, situated near the confluence of the Payaswini River and the Arabian Sea, is famous for the fort atop a small hill, overlooking the estuary. However, now only the ruins of this 17th century fort, built by Shivappa Nayak, are left standing. The views of the gently flowing river and the shimmering sea beyond are spectacular.
Founded in 1931 by Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai, visionaries who devoted their lives to spreading the message of universal love and service, this ashram is located in an internationally known spiritual centre. Prayer halls and visitor cottages are located within the large, shady compound. 0467-220 3036
Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque:
Malik Ibn Dinar was a missionary from Arabia who is credited with bringing Islam to the shores of the Malabar. Following the wishes of the ruler, Cheraman Perumal, who embraced Islam, Dinar and his followers set about constructing mosques in Kerala and preaching their religion. Of the nine mosques built in the Malabar region, only this one in Kasaragod survives. The original mosque Dinar built was a small structure with a thatched roof, but later, his followers constructed a larger, more elaborate structure to resemble the palace of a local king.
Madhur Sree Madananteshwara Vinayaka Temple:
Of the four noted temples built by the Mypadi kings of Kumbla around the 10th century,
this one at Madhur is the most renowned, both in terms of architecture and importance. Myths and legends tell of the miracles attributed to this Shaivite.shrine. Renovated in the 15th century and built in a distinctive style, this three-storied oval structure has its two highest roofs covered with copper plates.
Considered the only lake temple in Kerala, this ninth century shrine is unique in other ways as well. Situated in the middle of a picturesque lake, its sanctum sanctorum can be reached only by a bridge. Two other structures stand separately in the lake, housing other deities. The outer walls of the sanctorum are covered in murals, depicting scenes from the Vedas.
Is a prominent cashew growing town and pilgrim centre with fifteen mosques and two old Jain Bastis at Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the bank of Manjeswar River. The Mother Dolorus Church of Bela which is more than a 100 years old and built in Gothic style is situated here.
Ranipuram Hill Station:
Trekkers paradise, Kodaikanal of North Kerala. Cool Hill station climate with just one hour drive from the Tropical Beaches, Backwaters cruises on Houseboats. it is famous for its varied vegetation – evergreen shoal woods, monsoon forests and grasslands.
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