Let’s Explore Kanhangad, a beautiful town in Kerala

Kerala is one such state in India that is adored by the entire world. I have always been a proud Keralite when people from other parts of the world ask me “Which place of India are you from?”

When I got to know about the #Xplorebharat blogging initiative organized by 11 fellow bloggers, I was so excited. This is a blog train where many talented bloggers write about different places in India. Each blog post is considered as a stop. Our train started at Wagha Border in Punjab, moved to the Capital City of Delhi and now we are going straight down to the South to a tiny place called Kanhangad in the state of Kerala.


Out of 14 districts, Kasaragod is the last and most neglected district of Kerala. It is located in the northern corner of the state. Kasaragod share borders with Mangalore (Mangaluru), the Gateway of Karnataka, in the village of Thalappady.

The Kanhangad town

Kanhangad is known as the Commercial hub of Kasaragod district. It is located about 30 km from the district headquarters (i.e Kasaragod town). Kanhangad is a historic place with rich culture. It is a land of temples, churches and mosques. People from different backgrounds live with utmost peace and harmony in this beautiful town.


Malayalam is the main language spoken here. Apart from that you will  get to see people speaking Kannada, Konkani (that’s my language) and Tulu.

Because of the growing immigrants from Bangladesh, a kind of Bengali mixed Hindi speaking people can also be seen in the town.

Nityananda Ashram

Nithyananda Ashram is a Cave temple situated on a hillock in Kanhangad. It was founded by Swamy Nithyananda who came to Kanhangad in the early 20th Century. He built 44 caves on the mountain slope for meditation. He was a great Yogi with divine powers. It is believed that he performed his first penance in a forest which is about 5km from Nithyananda Ashram. The forest was later named as Guruvanam. Some people believe him to be an incarnation of Lord Hanuman. They say, he used to jump from the ashram to Guruvanam in one go.

A full-size statue of Swami Nityananda in sitting posture made of panchaloha is one of the attractions of the ashramam. The caves are opened for visitors on particular hours of the day. I always loved to walk inside those caves. There is a Nithyananda temple built above the open terrace of the caves.

Nithyananda Ashram is at walkable distance from my home, hence we used to go there very often when I was a kid. The place is full of positive vibes. Few hours spent around this place surely calms our body and mind.


Guruvanam is the forest where Swami Nithyananda used to do his Sadhana (Meditation). There is a Nithyananda Swami temple in Guruvanam too. This place gives an experience of a beautiful landscape. Guruvanam is owned by Nityanandashram, Kanhangad.


As the name suggests, Anadashram is an Abode of Bliss. It is a spiritually blessed place. Swami Ramdas is the founder of Anadashram. People of any religion, caste, colour or gender can enter the ashram. There is no discrimination on any basis, it works on pure love and service to mankind. The main highlight of Anadashram is the ‘free food’ service they offer to every one staying in the Ashram as well to the daily visitors.

The spiritual chanting ‘Om Shree Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’ could be heard in the Ashram throughout the day. However, visitors are under no compulsion to join them. The chanting is done continuosly from 6am to 6pm everyday.

The Ashram have their own Goshala. The milk so obtained is used in the Kitchen of Ashram Canteen. They also have a library with spiritual books in various languages. It is a vast place where you can spend a whole day without any worries. They also have free accommodation facilities for a limited period.

Bekal Fort

Remember the song, ‘uyire’ (Tamil)/ ‘Tu hi re’ (Hindi) from the movie Bombay?

Yes, you guessed it right. This was the place.

About 15 km in the outskirts of Kanhangad, we have the largest fort in Kerala. Bekal fort was built in 1650 AD over 40 acres of land. It was an important military station for Tipu Sultan when he led a military expedition to capture Malabar.

The Hanuman temple and an ancient  Mosque near Bekal fort glorify the religious harmony of the place.

When someone visits Kanhangad for the first time, we Kanhandians are always excited to take them to Bekal Fort and Beach. We are so proud of this fort. If you leave Kanhangad, without visiting Bekal, then your whole trip is considered as a waste. Bekal fort will gift you an amazing experience to treasure for a lifetime.

A photo captured in 2014

Bekal Beach Park

Just near to Bekal fort we have a beautiful park equally designed for children and adults. It’s a fun place. This sea side park promise a great family time in the weekends.

There are lot more places and stories related to Kanhangad. But I do not wish to drag this post. I will tell you the pending stories some other day ?. Also I have not used much photos in this post to avoid copyright issues. I will be updating this content on a later date with latest original photos of respective places.

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Till then, enjoy your stay in Kanhangad ?

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70 Replies to “Let’s Explore Kanhangad, a beautiful town in Kerala”

  1. I love places which have been untouched by the chaos of city; where one can be with nature. I am sure Kanhangad is one such place. I had visited Kerala few years back with my parents but unfortunately we were unaware of this place. However, we wanted to visit the God’s Own Country with my children in near future. Your post has compelled me to put this beautiful place in my ‘Bucket list’ and I thank you for that. Lovely post.

  2. I have never heard of this town and I am so glad I hopped on this blog train and am reading about such lovely places. You have written a beautiful and heartfelt piece that truly brings out how special this place is for you. Hope to visit it someday.

  3. I have never been to God’s own country, but it’s long on my list. Hope to make it soon, Maya as I have read so many people tell only wonderful things about it. Your post is another indication that I should visit it.

  4. Thank you for shining the spotlight on a town that very few people know of. That Kanhangad is dear to you, is very evident through your post, Maya. Hope to visit this beautiful plave someday.

  5. I have heard about Kasargodu. Earlier it was part of Karnataka, then it was taken into Kerala. As you said, it is the most neglected and people are really suffering. Recently there was a Kannada movie made on Kasaragodu High school. From your post I came to know about other places too! Thanks for being part of #Xplorebharat and introducing us to beautiful insights of Kanhangad district.

    1. Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragodu. This movie right? it was in my wish list but later forgot the name. You reminded me, thank you. And just correcting you, Kanhangad is not a district, its a taluk in Kasaragod district

  6. This is such a lovely and detailed post of your home town. I felt as if I were on a guided tour. I really enjoyed the references to all the religious places and especially the caves. You are so fortunate to have been within walking distance to the ashrams.

    The fort and the beach looks beautiful. I am sure it got more attention from the locals and tourists ever since it featured in a movie.

    Waiting to read more 🙂

    1. Yes, those were sunday outings for us. Just going there and enjoying some fresh air. Fort and beach is even more beautiful now without all gardens grown. It’s all green now. That is a 5 year old pic.

  7. Lovely post! I have been to Kerala but visited only Trivendrum, Kovalam and Kanyakumari. Your narration is tempting me to plan another trip soon.

  8. Loved this post a lot…. Keep it up Maya. You took me to the real Kerala which is not just the crowd. Loved it.

  9. Beautiful post , you wrote it so beautifully that I couldn’t stop myself from reading the whole post, the people outside of Kerala have very limited knowledge about Kerala’s tourist spots, thanks for telling us about this beautiful place , 🙂

  10. An excellent and detailed post. I visited Kanhangad quiet a few years ago. I remember the Bekal fort clearly. Your article jogged my memory about the other places I went to during my visit.

  11. My Kerala trips were Thekkady, Munnar and wayanard. Had I known about kanhangad I wouldn’t have missed this heritage place . The post is so informative that I am going to bookmark it and use it for our next trip.

    1. You should surely plan a trip to Kanhangad and Bekal. These are some neglected gems of the state. Lately, the place is improving like anything to welcome tourists. I hope, when you come you get to see the best of Kanhangad

  12. I’ve never been to kerala and didn’t know about this place as most people travel to know destinations. So when I travel to Kerala, I will try to visit Kanhangad and explore it’s beauty. A lovely post, Maya.

    1. Kanhangad and Bekal are neglected gems of the state. Lately the place is developing on a faster pace to welcome tourists. I am sure, by the time you plan a trip, you will get to know the best of Kanhangad ?.

    1. Bekal fort is no more the same. A huge bunch of improvements have been made now. In some years it will be the best tourist destination of the state. Do visit again with family ?

  13. The beauty of this blog train lies in posts like this one. Kerela is such a small state in area yet its culture and heritage is as rich as any other state. You have written so much about this little district that I almost felt like I was present there. Thanks for such a lovely post.

  14. Maya, wonderful information. I was looking to visit Bekal, ever since I watched the Bombay movie. Your post makes me guilty that I have not done it yet.

      1. Yes can write about our temple, and kadappuram in hosdurg . Since padnakkad also comes ,about thooku palam. That’s all I think.

  15. I know a little about the south cities of southern India. Your post is tempting me to pack my bags to visit the beautiful places down south:)

  16. Lovely post! I had no idea about Swami Nithyananda being considered an avatar of Hanuman! And Bekal fort has been on my “to travel” list for a long time now. Thank you for this virtual tour of Kanhangad ?

    1. Hi…just to let uou know that the above comment is by Vijayalakshmi Harish. For some reason, not able to login to my social media accounts from here to post the comment. Hence it’s appearing as anonymous.

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