Situated on the banks of Chandragiri River, Chandragiri Fort is said to have been built in the 17th century by Sivappa Nayak of Bednore, who established his authority over the area and built a chain of forts. Chandragiri River, on the bank of which the fort rises, marked the traditional boundary between Kerala and the Tuluva Kingdom. The fort offers a breathtaking view of the Chandragiri River joining the Arabian Sea. The fort is also a vantage point to watch the sunset. The ancient Kizhur Siva Temple at Chandragiri village celebrates the annual Pattutsavam- a nine day festival.
A mosque is situated nearby and the view of the bridge with the mosque in the background is one of the most attractive sights on a drive along the NH 17 from Kannur to Kasaragod. A longest railway tunnel in Kerala passes through Chandragiri Hills.
Boat Cruise at Chandragiri
At Chandragiri boat trips to nearby Islands and palm grove is offered by the Chandragiri boat club. They also offer speed boat rides, houseboat cruises, island camping and wildlife tours in the hinterlands. Fishermen near the Chandragiri Bridge will give you a ride on the backwaters and arrange trips to nearby islands in country boats.
How to reach Chandragiri
It is located 12 km from Bekal and around 4km from Kasaragod town. Frequent buses are available from Bekal and Kasaragod to reach Chandragiri.
Nearest railway station is Kasaragod, about 7 km and Nearest airport is Mangalore in Karnataka, about 67 km.
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