|Municipality and town|
A bird's eye view of kasaragod town
|Region||Malabar, Tulu Nadu|
|• Municipality and town||16.7 km2 (6.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||54,172 |
|• Official||Malayalam and Kannada|
|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. It is the second largest town in Kasaragod district after Kanhangad. 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. On 1 November 1956, the state of Kerala was formed by the States Reorganisation Act merging the Malabar district, Travancore-Cochin and the taluk of Kasargod, South Canara.
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.
BHEL Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
BHEL Electrical Machines Ltd (BHELEML) is a subsidiary unit of BHEL manufacturing electrical machines mainly Alternators, is located at Bedradka near Kambar(10KM from Kasaragod town). It was previously the Kasaragod unit of Kerala Electrical & Allied Eng.Co.Ltd (KEL) owned by State Government, later 51% if its share brought by BHEL. It is one of the major revenue builder in the district.
A state government initiation to promote industrial developments in this region. It is located at Seethangoli(north part of Kasaragod). Many large scale and small scale industries like Hindustan Aeronauticals Ltd are there in KINFRA Park.
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)
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.
Fairs and festivals
Onam, Vishu, Ganesh Chathurti, Nagara Panchami 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 Navaratri (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 many places like Mogral which are well known for Mappilappattu, which is a tradition in Malabar region.
There are also local festivals like Kumbala Bedi Utsava. Another festival of importance is Moodappaseva, a local festival celebrated in the Madhur Temple periodically.
Bootha kola- A spiritual act performed in Kasargod.Theyyam is the famous bootha kala in kasaragod.
The principal and recognized administrative languages here are Malayalam and Kannada. Tulu, Beary bashe (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims), Kannada and Konkani are also widely used. Besides these, Hindi and Urdu are also spoken here. Kasaragod is also a base for Havyaka Kannada speakers as well. The Malayalam spoken here has influences from Beary bashe and also from the languages of Kannada, Urdu, Konkani and Tulu. Like wise The Kannada and Tulu spoken here are also influenced by Malayalam.
Major sports are Football, Cricket, Kabadi, Softball and Volleyball. Places like Trikkarippur, Mogral, Padanna and Uppala are well known for Football. There are many great players like Mohammed Rafi( Indian Player), Rafeeq Padanna, H A Khalid Mogral in Kasaragod. Mannamkuzhi Stadium is the biggest stadium in the district. Mogral Sports Club is the oldest club which was formed in 1920. Another major game is Cricket. kasaragod, Hidayath Nagar(Uppala), badiadka, narampady are well known for Cricket. Kabadi is th game mainly seen in the north part mainly Kumbla and Paivalike. Jagadish Kumbla was an Indian team member. Moosa Sherif Perward is a famous Car Rally Navigator who have won many titles.
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 Nellikkunnu (Muslim League)is the sitting MLA of Kasaragod.
Kasaragod town lies on the path of NH 17. It is well connected by road to Uppala, Kannur, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kochi, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. Kasaragod is well connected by rail to parts of India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Kozhikode, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery, Mangalore, Thrissur, Goa, Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Jammu Tawi, Kanyakumari, Palakkad, bengaluru etc. The nearest airport is at Mangalore (49 km). It is also connected through sea at Mangalore Port.
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