Monday, February 04, 2008

Mangalore Beaches Series : Kasaragod Beach

Though Kasaragod lies in Kerala, it has been included in this series of Mangalore beaches purely because of its proximity to Mangalore and a bit of history. In fact, Kasaragod was a part of South Canara (present Dakshina Kannada or Mangalore) district till November 1, 1956. Kasaragod is 50 kms away from Mangalore, to where you can reach within one hour of bus journey.
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Kasaragod Beach
Cricket connection: 50 km road stretch from Mangalore to Kasaragod is a national highway, NH 17. On the way, you will be finding a junction named Kumble, 40 km away from Mangalore. Yes, the same Kumble you will find in the name of Anil Kumble. Though present Indian Test cricket team’s skipper Anil Kumble, is settled in Bangalore his ancestors were from this place, hence the surname.
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Fishing boats
Kasaragod beach or Kadappara (Kadappara in Malayalam means sea shore) beach, as it is called here, is at a distance of 3 kms from the town center. On reaching the place you will find numerous boats sailing in Arabian Sea for fish hunt and when a boat reaches the shore you will be able to buy the fish directly from fishermen, fresh from the sea!!.
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You can also witness how the boat once coming back to shore, is moved to a safe distance from the sea by the fishermen.Coconut plantations near the shore, typical of Kerala, will sure catch your eyes.Kasaragod Lighthouse, maintained by Department of Lighthouses and Lightships, Government of India, is at this place. Stones have been laid on the sea shore to avoid the soil erosion, which can be seen even in beaches in Karnataka. Sea shore is not wide as the fishers’ colony is at a close distance from the sea. Though lacking in beauty this beach is calm and serene.
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Boat being carried to a safe distance
This beach does not get listed in Kerala tourism destinations, since the place is marked for fishing. And nearby CPCRI beach scores over this in attracting visitors and is famous for its sunset. But to watch the boats in action, you should surely come to this place. Will not call a must visit to the travelers as there is also a historical Bekal fort beach, 15 kms from Kasaragod town. But if you come to Kasaragod and you have no time to explore other places, then this is a good place to enjoy your evening. As there are hardly any restaurants nearby, it is better you carry with you some snacks and drinking water.
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Kasaragod Lighthouse

Here is how you can reach Kasaragod beach?
Distance from Mangalore City – 50 kms
Mode of transport – Private buses between Mangalore and Kasaragod, from Kasaragod town take an auto rikshaw.

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