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This article is about the municipality in Kerala, India. For its namesake district, see Kasaragod district.
For other uses, see Kasaragod (disambiguation).
A bird's eye view of kasaragod town
A bird's eye view of kasaragod town
Kasaragod is located in Kerala
Location of Kasaragod in Kerala
Coordinates: 12°30′N 75°00′E / 12.5°N 75.0°E / 12.5; 75.0Coordinates: 12°30′N 75°00′E / 12.5°N 75.0°E / 12.5; 75.0
Country  India
State Kerala
Region Malabar, Tulu Nadu
District Kasaragod
 • City 16.7 km2 (6.4 sq mi)
 • Metro 93.3 km2 (36.0 sq mi)
Elevation 19 m (62 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 54,172[1]
 • Metro 192,761
 • Administrative Malayalam
 • Other Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 671121
Telephone code 91–4994
Vehicle registration KL-14
Website www.kasargod.nic.in

Kasaragod is a town and a municipality in the Kasaragod district, state of Kerala. Kasaragod is the second district in country to acheive total primary education. It is 52 km from Mangalore by road and 46 km through rail.[citation needed] It is the administrative headquarters of Kasaragod district and of the Kasaragod Taluk. It is the second largest town in Kasaragod district after Kanhangad.[1][citation needed] .The Bekal Fort and Chembirika Beach are the major tourist attraction points near Kasaragod.[2]

Malik Deenar Mosque
Chandragiri bridge which connects Kasaragod town with Chemnad panchayath


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited[edit]

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has set up a Strategic Electronics Factory at Seetham Goly village near Kasaragod.

Ship building industry[edit]

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.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.[edit]

BHEL Electrical Machines Ltd (BHELEML) is a subsidiary unit of BHEL manufacturing electrical machines mainly Alternators, is located at Bedradka near Kambar(10 km 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.

KINFRA Park[edit]

A state government initiation to promote industrial developments in this region. It is located at Seethangoli (northern part of Kasaragod). Many large scale and small scale industries like Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd are in KINFRA Park.

Cashew Industry[edit]

This district also grows a lot of cashewnuts and has many farms promoted by the Government of Kerala as well as tended by local farmers. There are few factories in the district surviving in spite of many difficulties. The cashew nut shell liquid is also a versatile phenolic byproduct of the industry that goes as an input in making paints, varnishes, foundry cores etc. Most of the workers in the factories are women. During the boom days in the 1980s, cashew farmers of Kasaragod and Kannur were the cynosure of the political eyes.

The debate that raged in Kerala at the time on whether or not to have monopoly procurement of raw cashew nuts spoke of a crop that was up there in the priority list of administrators. But those heady days of cashew-centered political debates are a distant memory now. And cashew as a crop is on its way to the margins of Kerala’s agricultural landscape. In 1970-71, Kerala had 1,02,711 hectares of land under cashew cultivation, with an annual production of 1,15,240 tonnes of raw nuts. In 2006-07, the area has shrunk to 70,461 hectares and the production to 61,680 tonnes. The area fell by almost one-third of that in 1970-71 and the output by over 46 per cent. Cashew estates in the district, once known for their superior quality nuts, are being replaced by rubber plantations. Cashew plantations are found mostly in the hilly parts of the district which have hard laterite soil unsuitable for other crops. Cultivation of cashew as a main crop became popular here in the early 1970s. At the time, many started cultivation on a commercial scale. Although the district produced a large quantity of cashew nuts, facilities for processing the raw nuts and manufacturing value-added products did not come up here. The raw nuts from the district were procured mainly by private entrepreneurs in Kollam.

Educational Organizations[edit]

Central University of Kerala, Periye, Kasargod[edit]

The Central University of Kerala is one of the 15 new Central Universities established under The Central Universities Act, 2009.A Central University or a Union University in India is established by Act of Parliament and are under the purview of the Department of Higher Education in the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.The permanent campus of the University is being set up at Tejaswini Hills, Periye on a panoramic stretch of 310 acres of land beside the National Highway. In November 2013, the construction of the first set of buildings was completed at Periye. At present, five academic departments are functioning in the permanent campus.University has all over Kerala Jurisdiction and have 4 more campuses. Two at Kasargod—Vidyanagar( for Languages and Comparative Literature ) Campus and Padanakkad Campus(for Science) and out side the District it has two more campus, one at Tirvalla( for Law) and another at Thrivanathapuram(Capital Center for International Relations). A Medical Department and Engineering Department also planning to build at Head Quarter Periye (Tejaswani Hills)

Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)[edit]

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 Kerala Coconut Research Station 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.[3]

Malik Deenar Institute of Management Studies[edit]

Malik Deenar Institute of Management Studies (MDIMS),[1], conducts M.B.A. course at Seethamgoly near Kasaragod.

Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Engineering, Kasaragod[edit]

(LBSCE)L.B.S College of Engineering, Povval, Kasaragod was established in 1993 as a self-financing engineering college under the propitious of L.B.S Centre for Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, a government of Kerala undertaking. The chairman of the Governing body is Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala and Vice-Chairman is Hon’ble Minister for Education, Govt. of Kerala. The institution is affiliated to Kannur University and is approved by AICTE, New Delhi. The college is accredited by National Board of Accreditation. The Campus is located at Muliyar, about 12 km from Kasaragod railway station, Kerala and 75 km from Mangalore airport, Karnataka. The campus covers 52-acre (210,000 m2) of land.

Government College, Kasaragod[edit]

The college is affiliated to Kannur University and has been recognized by the UGC under section 12b and 2f.The NAAC has been accredited with "A Grade" recently. The college has a campus of 42 acres and adequate built in area for its academic and related activities. During the last 25 years the college has expanded infrastructural facilities that in child Science blocks, PG blocks and men’s hostel. A special mention may be made about the generous gesture by an old student of the college who provided the furniture in the auditorium. There is a botanical garden having a good number of medicinal plants. The green lawns, garden and other plants mainlined here have enhanced the beauty of the campus.

Century Medical College, Poinachy[edit]

Courses conducted: BDS, B.Sc.Nursing.

Other Colleges[edit]

  • College of Engineering, Povval
  • Kasaragod Institute of Medical Sciences
  • St.Pius X Arts and Science College, Kasaragod
  • Sa-adiya Arts and Science College, Koliyadukkam, Kasaragod
  • Nalanda College of Arts and Science, Perla, Kasaragod
  • Govt. Arts and Science College Udma, Kuniya, Kasaragod
  • MIC Arts and Science College, Chattanchal, Kasaragod
  • College of Agriculture, Kasaragod
  • peoples corparative arts and science college,munnad,kasaragod


See Main Page: List of educational institutions in Kasaragod District


Fairs and festivals[edit]

People dressed in Yakshagana attire during a local festival in Kasaragod

Kasargod has many fairs and festivals that are popularly celebrated: Onam, Vishu, Ganesh Chathurti, Nagara Panchami and Malik Deenar Uroos. 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. The 'Milad-e-sheriff' celebration include cultural activities, including competitions such as speech, songs and processions by Madrassa students. There are many places (Mogral) which are well known for Mappilappattu, a tradition in the Malabar region. Local festivals, include: Kumbala Bedi Utsava, and Moodappaseva, the latter a local festival celebrated periodically in the Madhur Temple. Theyyam is a Bootha kola (a spiritual act) performed in Kasargod.


The administrative language of the town and municipality is Malayalam.[4] Tulu, Beary bashe (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims), Konkani and Kannada are also widely used and Hindi and Urdu to a lesser extent. Havyaka speakers have a strong base in Kannada.[5][6] The Malayalam spoken here has influences from Beary bashe and also from the languages of Kannada, Urdu, Konkani and Tulu. The Kannada and Tulu spoken here are also influenced by Malayalam.[7][8]


Major sports are football, cricket, kabadi, softball and volleyball. Places like Trikkarippur,Mogral Puthur, Mogral, Padanna and Uppala are well known for football. Mannamkuzhi Stadium is the biggest stadium in the district. Mogral Sports Club is the oldest club which was formed in 1920.Bachelors Puthur is another old club which was founded in 1956.Kasaragod,Bandiyod,Hidayath Nagar(Uppala), Badiadka, Narampady are well known for cricket. Kabadi is the sport predominately seen in the north: (Kumbla and Paivalike).


The major political parties are Muslim League, CPI(M) and BJP. North Kasaragod is dominated by Muslim League and the south part of Kasaragod 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.[9]


Kasaragod town is on the route of NH 17(New NH 66). It is well connected by road to Mangaluru, Kozhikode, Mysore, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram. Kasaragod railway station has direct trains to all parts of south India. The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport (49 km).


  1. ^ a b List of Cities and Towns in Kasaragod district
  2. ^ "Bekal". Keralatourism.org. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Central Plantation Crops Research Institute(CPCRI)". cpcri. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Languages, Kasaragod, Kerala, India". Department of Tourism (Kerala). Archived from the original on 2014-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Kasaragod". 
  6. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh (1998). India's communities 6. Anthropological Survey of India. p. 1549. 
  7. ^ A Sreedhara Menon (1 January 2007). A Survey Of Kerala History. DC Books. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-81-264-1578-6. 
  8. ^ "Introduction to Kasaragod district". 
  9. ^ "Kasaragod Parliament Constituency". Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2009-10-18. [dead link]

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