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|• Body||Kasaragod Municipality|
|• Municipal Chairman||V.M.Muneer (UDF)|
|• District Collector||Dr. D Sajith Babu IAS|
|• Superintendent of Police||P B Rajeev IPS|
|• MP||Rajmohan Unnithan|
|• MLA||N. A. Nellikkunnu|
|• Municipal Town||16.7 km2 (6.4 sq mi)|
|• Metro||93.3 km2 (36.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|• Municipal Town||54,172|
|• Density||3,200/km2 (8,400/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Kasaragod ([kɑːsɾɡoːɖ] (listen) and Malayalam: Kanhirakode, English: Kassergode, Arabic: Harkwillia) is a municipal town and administrative headquarters of Kasaragod district of Kerala state in India. Situated in the rich biodiversity of Western Ghats, it is known for the Chandragiri and Bekal Forts, Chandragiri River, historic Kolathiri Rajas, natural environment of Ranipuram and Kottancheri Hills, historical and religious sites like the Madiyan Kulom temple, Madhur Temple, Ananthapuram Lake Temple and Malik Deenar Mosque. It is located 50 km south of the major port city & a commercial hub Mangalore and 578 km north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Until 16th century CE, Kasargod town was known by the name Kanhirakode (meaning, 'The land of Kanhira Trees') in Malayalam. Kasaragod was under Kumbla dynasty until 16th century, which was vassal to the kingdom of Kolathunadu based at Kannur. Kannada kingdoms focused on the port and surroundings in the 16th century CE. Kasaragod is the Kannada version of Malayalam term Kanhirakode.
The major political parties are CPI(M), CPI, Indian Union Muslim League, INC and BJP. North Kasaragod is dominated by BJP and IUML, and the south is dominated by CPI(M). N.A. Nellikkunnu is the present Member of Legislative Assembly, Kerala Legislature. Kasaragod assembly constituency is part of Kasaragod (Lok Sabha constituency). Indian National Congress [INC] member Rajmohan Unnithan is the present MP from Kasaragod [2019 Elections].
Science and research
Kasaragod is home to the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, originally established in 1916 as the Coconut Research Station. It is part of India's National Agricultural Research System under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. According to the Institute, Kerala "lies in the heart of the major coconut growing areas of the country." It is also home to the Indian Society for Plantation Crops, which publishes the Journal of Plantation Crops and holds symposiums on the subject. The Central University of Kerala is also located in Kasargod(Periya hills).
Kasaragod municipality had a population of 54,172 according to 2011 census report which constitutes 26,319 males and 27,853 females. The municipality is divided into 35 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. The female sex retio is 1058 against state average of 1084. The literacy rate of Kasaragod town is 94.76% higher than state average of 94%.
Malik Dinar Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in India
Theyyam is a popular ritual form of dance worship in Kasaragod
Chandrigiri Fort Melparamba, is 6 Kilometre away from Kasaragod town
Bekal Fort is the top tourist spot in Kasaragod. Bekal fort and Bekal fort beach (Pallikkara beach) is one of the finest tourist destination in Kerala. There are luxurious hotels and beach resorts are surrounding Bekal Fort.
Ranipuram is a hill station and a major tourist attraction in the Kasaragod district
Ananthapuram Lake Temple is a Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake in the little village of Ananthapura, around 6 km from the town of Kumbla in Manjeswaram taluk. This is the only lake temple in Kerala.
Bela Church, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is a Roman Catholic church which is15 km north of Kasaragod Municipal Town
Malom Wildlife Sanctuary is all about lush green tropical green forest and variety of wildlife. The sanctuary inhabits a variety of animals and birds including peacock, the Malabar hornbill, wild pig, flying squirrel, rhesus monkey and porcupine etc. If you are lucky, you may also get to see king Cobra and Python.
Valiyaparamba is a coastal island in Hosdurg taluk, Kasaragod district. It is a beautiful backwater destination, it is a favorite spot for tourists seeking seclusion. The lush green groves and emerald green waters add on to the beauty of this landscape.
Edayilakkad is a marshy island situated in Valiyaparamba Panchayath, Kasaragod district, Kerala, India. It is located in the Kavvayi Backwaters, the arm of the Arabian Sea. Edayilakkad is noted for its biodiversity and local conservation efforts.
Madhur Temple is a popular Shiva and Ganapathi temple located 7 km (4.3 mi) from Kasaragod town, on the banks of Mogral river, locally known as Madhuvahini
|Climate data for Kasaragod, Kerala|
|Average high °C (°F)||31.4
|Average low °C (°F)||21.7
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||1
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- List of educational institutions in Kasaragod District
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