Jan 082011
 
Kasaragod, the Northern most district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. As yet relatively undiscovered, you will find yet another side to Kerala waiting to be explored.

  • Applying Theyyam Make up

    Applying Theyyam Make up

  • Theyyam Holy Guys

    Theyyam Holy Guys

  • View from Bekal Fort

    View from Bekal Fort

  • Bekal Fort

    Bekal Fort

  • Theyyam

    Theyyam

  • Local Theyyam Festival

    Local Theyyam Festival

  • Bekal Fort Beach

    Bekal Fort Beach

  • Theyyam Preparations

    Theyyam Preparations

  • Theyyam Interval

    Theyyam Interval

  • Local Theyyam Festival

    Local Theyyam Festival

  • Backwater Fishing Boats

    Backwater Fishing Boats

  • Backwater Fishing Boat

    Backwater Fishing Boat

  • Lunch at the Theyyam

    Lunch at the Theyyam

  • Backwater Ferry

    Backwater Ferry

  • Theyyam Tufts

    Theyyam Tufts

  • Holy Bell Ringers

    Holy Bell Ringers

Things to see

Theyyam

A particular cultural highlight of the region is the Theyyam festival: ‘the dance of the gods’. In a theyyam performance, the divine force – often the Great Goddess or Shiva, possesses the body of the dancer and acts through it to bless the community. The gathering is held spellbound by hypnotic chants and music and the performance may continue for a whole day or night. The dancer’s costume, make-up and mask are magnificent, while the headdress, the most important feature, can be up to six metres in height.


Bekal Fort

The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala.  This three-centuries-old  circular structure of laterite rises 130 feet above sea level and stands on a 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.  The magnificent beach below offers spectacular views of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.


Ananthapura Lake Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this 9th century temple is the only Lake Temple in Kerala and is the original Seat Of Anathapadmanabha Swami. The temple houses a beautiful image of Shree Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) seated on Adisesha, the serpent god. An ancient shrine is engulfed by a chuttambalam and its walls have beautiful murals. It is believed that a lone crocodile inhabits the lake which is said to be 150 years old.  It is a venue of Thapotsavam, an annual one-day festival which is held in the month of April.

 


Ranipuram

Located 85 km from Kasargod town, 750m above sea level on the Western Ghats, Ranipuram is a beautiful mountain terrain known for trekking. Covered with evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands, this beautiful land and its extensive forests merge into those of Karnataka. This is unexplored territory for the nature enthusiast and birdwatcher. Butterflies are in abundance and birds of the evergreen biotope like the black eagle, crested serpent eagle and little spider hunter are common. Elephants pay visits in the summer months and leopards have also been sighted.



Valiyaparamba Backwaters

Located 30 kms from Bekal, this is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in northern Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is a favoured backwater destination that offers enchanting houseboat cruises to its visitors.