CITYS IN KERALA
Kasargode, the northern-most district of Kerala, is known
for its Coir and Handloom Industries. Fishing is a prime
source of livelihood. A district with a rare and different
beauty. Kasargode is poised for growth in the area of
tourism. Kasaragod is known as the land of Gods, forts,
rivers, hills and beautiful sea shores.The Fort at Bekal
is the largest and the best preserved.
Kasargode offers a variety of patterns in the temple
architecture, the unique style of Madhur Mahaganapathy
temple, the typical Kerala style of the historic Malik
Deenar Great Juma Masjid and many other structures speak
in silence of the rich cultural heritage of the region.
The district has water, forest and mineral resources.
It is flanked by the forest-covered, Western Ghats in
the East and the Arabian Sea in the West, demarcating
the North and South are two rivers - the Talapadi and
the Trikaripur. Grey rocks, and barren land amidst dense
vegetation as well as calm lagoons are visible through
the coconut palms along the coast belt.
Air : The nearest airport Mangalore (50 km)
Rail : On the Kozhikode (Calicut)- Mangalore- Mumbai
Road : An excellent network of roads connects Kasaragod
to major towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Formerly a major port area, this is now a city known
for its handloom and beedi industries. Some of the finest
weavers of Kerala come from this district. Kannur is
also the headquarters of the country’s largest
and best-run beedi cooperative which produces the famous
brand, Kerala Dinesh Beedi. Marco Polo is supposed to
have referred to Kannur as a great emporium of spices.
In the 15th century, the Portuguese arrived in Kannur
to establish one of their earliest settlements. This
is evident in the St. Angelo's Fort built in 1505 AD
by the first Portuguese Viceroy. Kannur's history is
marked by foreign invasions and the activities of colonial
The district is bound in the east by the Western Ghats,
in the west by the Arabian Sea, in the north by the
Kasaragode District and in the south by the Mahe region
of the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Kannur district is endowed with sufficient number of
rivers. Valapattanam river which originates from Western
Ghats is the longest river in the district. Most of
the rivers are navigable. Anjarakany, Kuppam, Mahe and
Thalassery are the other rivers. Kannur district has
extensive forest areas which may be classified under
two heads namely reserve forests and vested forests.
Air : The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode,
about 93 km south.
Rail : Kannur railway station is well linked to major
towns up country as well as within the State.
Road :Kannur is accessible by road.
Malappuram district, which literally means a terraced
place atop hills, was carved out of the districts of
Calicut and Palghat in 1969. It has been a centre for
Hindu-Vedic learning and teaching.
Malappuram district is bounded by Kozhikode district
in the north, the Nilgiris on the east, Arabian Sea
on the west and Thrissur and Palakkad districts on the
south. Malappuram figures prominently in history as
the place which frequently questioned the British Colonial
Authority. Most of the famous Mappilla revolts of Malabar,
which took place between 1792 and 1921, occurred in
areas now under Malappuram district. House of the Valluvanad
dynasty of Chieftains who ruled over the area in ancient
and medieval times.
Malappuram has always enjoyed the status of a military
headquarters. The Zamorin of Calicut, for instance consolidated
his conquests and built a Palace of the then important
Malabar Sea port of Ponnani in Malappuram.
Air : The nearest airport is at Kozhikode (Calicut),
36 km away.
Rail :The main railway station is at Kozhikode (Calicut).
Road :Malappuram is linked by motorable roads to several
towns in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
KOZHIKODE Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) is a busy coastal
city. Located to the north of Kerala and 225 km from
Kochi holds an important position in the legend and
history of Kerala. Vasco Da Gama landed at Kappad, 16km
north of Kozhikode as the leader of a trade mission
from Portugal & was received by the Zamorin himself.
Kozhikode attained a position of pre-eminence in the
trade of pepper & other spices which made it India's
emporium of international trade. As Kozhikode offered
full freedom & security, the Arab & the Chinese
merchants preferred it to all other ports.
Today Kozhikode has lush green forests, rivers, wildlife,
hills, a unique culture and a warm friendly ambience
make Kozhikode a much sought after destination.
Air : Kozhikode has an airport at Karipur.
Rail :Kozhikode is served by a handful of costal expresses
and several passenger trains.
Road :A well-built network of roads connects Kozhikode
to the other parts of the state