Hosdurg is one of the two taluks that constitute the Kasaragod District, state of Kerala; the other is Kasaragod Taluk. It shares its borders on the north with the Kasaragod taluk, south with the Kannur District, east with the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka and on the west with the Arabian sea. With an area of 900.3 km2 (90030 hectares), it is the smaller of the two taluks. It is divided into two Firkas (Hosdurg and Nileshwaram. Kanhangad and Nileshwaram are the municipalities within the taluk. Hosdurg (after which the taluk is named), a kilometer south of Kanhangad town, the latter the taluk headquarters. Other major settlements include Trikarpur, Cheruvathur and Chittarikkal. Bekal Fort is situated in the taluk. Etymology of Hosdurg is derived from Kannada with the meaning of "new" (Hosa) and "fort" (Durga).
As per the 2001 census, Hosdurg taluk had a total population of 449,595 persons, which include 217,083 males and 232,512 females. The literacy rate is as high as 85.82%, higher than the national average. In Hosdurg taluk, 12.42% of the total population is between the age of 0–6 years. Malayalam is the local and the administrative language of the region.
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