|— Municipality and town —|
|Region||Malabar, Tulu Nadu|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|• Official||Malayalam, Tulu and kannada (Non-Official)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Kasaragod is a town and a municipality in Kasaragod district in the Indian state Kerala. It is the administrative headquarters of Kasaragod district as well as of Kasaragod Taluk. Notable landmarks in the district include the famous Ananthapura Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque, Theruvatthu Mosque, Chandragiri Fort, and the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute. The large Bekal Fort is a major tourist attraction near Kasargod.
Ship building industry
The ship building industry of Thalangara was well known in India. In the past years a number of ships were built here and sold in various states of India and exported to foreign countries. The Kasaragod economy is mainly agrarian; cash crops such as coconut, rubber are grown and commercially exploited. Other industries include tile manufacture, timber industry etc. Foreign investment or N.R.I Income is high in this part of the state.
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) was established in 1970 as one of the agricultural research institutes in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The Coconut Research Station at Kasaragod in Kerala was initially established in 1916 by the then Government of Madras and subsequently it was taken over by the Indian Central Coconut Committee in 1948. <http://www.cpcri.gov.in/>
Fairs and festivals
Onam, Vishu and Malik Deenar Uroos are widely celebrated festivals here. Eid, Bakrid, 'Milad-e-sheriff' and Muharram are celebrated in a manner similar to that seen in Kozhikode. These festivals along with Shivaratri and Pooja Vaypu (Dasara) are enthusiastically celebrated by the local people, as is Deepavali. 'Milad-e-sheriff' celebration includes cultural activities, competitions such as speech, songs and processions by madrassa students.
There are also local festivals like Kumbala Veddikett. Another festival of importance is Moodappaseva, a local festival celebrated in the Madhur Temple periodically.
Bootha kola- A spiritual act performed in Kasargod.
The recognized administrative and majority language of Kasaragod district is Malayalam. Kannada and Tulu is the next most widely spoken language, while Konkani are also spoken. Besides these, the Beary language (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims), Hindi and Urdu are spoken by a few groups of people. There are a few Havyaka Kannada speakers as well.
AS in other part of kerala the main political parties in kasaragod are CPI(M),Indian National Congress,Muslim League and BJP.North kasaragod is dominated by Muslim League and South part is dominated by CPI(M). Kasaragod assembly constituency is part of Kasaragod (Lok Sabha constituency). CPI(M) member P.Karunakaran is the present MP from Kasargod. N.A. Nellikunnu of Muslim League is the sitting MLA of Kasaragod Legilative constituency.
Kasaragod town lies on the path of NH 17. It is well connected by road to Kannur, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Kasaragod is well connected by rail to parts of India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Payyanur, Kannur, Mangalore, Thrissur, Goa, Surat, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Jammu Tawi, Kanyakumari, Palakkad etc. The nearest airport is at Mangalore (49 km).
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