Bekal is the prime tourist spot of Kasaragod, thanks to the fort, beach and stunning views. The pride of the place is the fort, which is built over a headland that runs into the sea. Archaeologically speaking, it is a 400-year-old key-hole shaped structure, built with defensive strategy in mind. It is the largest fort in Kerala, well preserved and nowadays managed by archaeological Survey. Bekal is 2.5 kms from Bekalfort Homestay
You stand now at a temple which is not only the only lake temple in all of Kerala but also one which is more than 3000 years old.It is believed that The Ananthapura Lake Temple and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the southernmost district of Kerala. While in the latter the idol is in a lying position, in the former it is in a sitting posture.
Boat rides to Valiyapramba start at Kottappuram. A couple of operators rent house boats. Valiyaparamba is an island, about 10 kms south of Nileshwar. The island is about 23 kms long. The backwater also came to be known by the name of the island. Vast backwaters, scenic shores and green islands – Valiaparamba is the future of North Kerala backwater tourism. If you can include only a couple of places in your Kasaragod tour, Valiyaparamba should be one
Here is a meeting point of the river and the sea. The river locally known as Karyankodu puzha became famous under the name Thejaswini, when it was renamed as river Thejaswini in the novel Chira-smarana, literally meaning ‘everlasting memories’, is a political novel on the peasant movement of north Malabar.
The Malik ibn Dinar Mosque
The Malik Ibn Dinar is situated at Thalankara, about one and a half km from Kasaragod town. This is one of the earliest mosques built in Malabar. It is believed to have been built by Malik Ibn Dinar, who is credited with the propagation of Islam in Kerala. The mosque, which resembles a palace built in the typical Kerala style of architecture, has two storeys and massive wooden beams.
Ranipuram is a renowned tourist destination in the northern tip of Kerala. Located in Kasaragod, it is situated 750 m above sea level. It makes for a perfect picnic spot where one can even come across the occasional herd of elephants. Once known as Madathumala, it borders Karnataka and boasts of some of the best trekking trails in the area. Regular buses are available on this route and jeep rides are another favourite among all our visitors.
This temple was originally a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and it was known Madhur Madhanantheswara Temple, It is believed that the idol of Lord Shiva was not made by human beings and it was discovered by an old woman whose name was Madaru, a member of the so-called ‘lower cast’ community. Madhanantheswara literally means the lord who killed Madhana or Lord Kama ‘the god of love’. According to mythology, Lord Shiva killed Lord Kama.
Aamakkulam, literally meaning the pond of turtles, is a safe haven for the fresh-water reptiles that inhabit these waters. The pond is part of Adukkathu temple, a Hindu temple in Kasaragod district which is dedicated to the goddess Mahishasura Mardini.
The great stories of Kerala are often retold using art forms. It is here that our legends truly come to life. Theyyam is a famous ritual art form that originated in North Kerala which brings to life the great stories of our State. It encompasses dance, mime and music. It exalts the beliefs of the ancient tribals who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors.
One of the most important folk theatres of Karnataka and Kasaragod yakhaganam has carved a unique niche for these two places in the cultural map of India. No wonder why the villages are replete with eminent yakshagana artistes for it is the most cherished cultural possession of these people. To the villagers this art form is as close to them as their mother tongue. Most of the stories in yakshagana are drawn from the epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatha and other mythological episodes. Though it is generally described as folk art it has strong classical connections
is a folk dance performing as entertainment mainly performed during marriage functions. As it was related to Mangalam or auspicious functions, it came to be known as Mangalam kali. Common among Pulaya, Kurava, Malaya and Theeya communities in Kerala and Mangalam Kali is still prevalent among Mavila community in its purest form.
Mavilar has different types of songs for Mangalm Kali related to the occasions. They have this art form for Thalikettu (Marriage) Mangalam, Thirandu (announcement and celebration of puberty) Mangalam and Kathu Kuthu (ear piercing ritual) Mangalam and so on.
Different communities have their own style of performance and Pulayacommunities uses Para and Kunnupara as musical instruments. And mavilar uses about seven numbers of Thudi for their performance. A group of thirty people will dance and sing to the music in circle with fast rhythmic steps. Both females and males participated in the performance.
Recently Mangalam Kali has acquired a place in various cultural stage programmes in the state
Alamikkali is a folk festival that takes place in Mangalore, in the Indian state of Karnataka and some areas of Kasargod in Kerala. This festival shows the religious unity of Hindu and Muslim
The festival is a memorial to the Karbala war, an important chapter in Muslim history, as they celebrate Muharram. The same commemoration is imitated during the Alamikkali festival.
Hindus create a colourful atmosphere by wearing a traditional alami dress. The religious aspects are done by Muslims only.
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