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Kasargod is a small town Village located in the North Kerala. Known for its paddy fields, this place provides panoramic view for all those who float on the waters of Lake Valiyaparamba. Very near to Kasargod are the backwaters in the place called the Chandragiri. Chandragiri is situated 4kms south east of Kasargod town. The sceneric backwater has a stretch of Greenery which can be seen all along the backwaters of Kasargod.

Here in the backwaters you can also see the Chandragiri Fort built in the 17th Century. The Fort is at a beautiful location as from the Fort you can see the beautiful view of the setting and coming sun and the backwaters. The backwater cruise in Chadragiri begins at Chandragiri Bridge.

Fast Facts :
  • Location : Kasargod, Kerala
  • How to Reach : Kozhikode is the greatest port of Malabar. It lies between the backwaters of the Kallai and Beypore rivers in North Kerala , 224 kms south of Mangalore and 210 kms of Mysore.
  • Distance : : 223 kms north of Kochi, 350 kms south - west of Bangalore, 5 1/2 hrs from Kochi and 8 hrs from Bangalore by road. NH47 to Edapally; NH 17 to Kozhikode via Kodungaloor, Ponnani and Feroke. * Price for Houseboats : Rs 10,000 - 15000 /-
  • Price for Houseboats : 10,000 to 15,000 for a all air-conditioned kettuvulumn covering one way trip to a particular place. (* Prices are subject to change)
  • Best Time to Go : Indian Winters - September to February end
Bekal Beach
Bekal Beach
Here is the beautiful Beach which flows in serenity. Here sitting in silence, listening to the waves of the sea and to see the water birds roaming around is the one of the favorite pastime of the local. Time flies away with its wings here. You too can be a part of this silence.

Bekal Fort
Bekal Fort
This Fort built in the 17th Century has all the charms of a old Fort. Apart from this, the Bekal Fort is also known for the sceneric beauty it provides to its visitors. There beauty of the backwaters seen from this Fort is incomparable.

Kasargod BackwatersThe Place :
Kassargod is one of the most beautiful districts of Kerala. It has 11 rivers (Out of 44 in Kerala), Forts, Beaches, Hills and Backwaters. Bekal Fort is the biggest fort in Kerala which is 14kms from Kanhagad and 11 kms from Kasargod. Then there are the Kottencheri Hills near the Talakaveri , the starting point of River Kaveri. Apart from this there are Khandragiri Fort, Anandashramam, Malik Deenar Masjid, Valiyaparamba backwater and Kareem forest park - the only man made forest in Kerala.

As you move on the back of the Kettuvallamns in the backwaters of Kassargod, sit in the sun - sit area and enjoy the ripples of the water. See the lush greeney which surrounds you from one side and watch out for the water birds which roam around. The common ones are the ducks which take a dip in the backwaters to catch the small fish roaming in the waters.

You can also do some of the fishing sitting in this area. Or you just open a book as tea is served here. You will also see small children running on the shores of the backwaters with kites in their hands or common folk going on their daily chores. This scene can be best seen in the morning hours when everyone is getting ready for their work. In the afternoon the backwaters become silent. This is also the time when you will be taken for sight-seeing. Then after the lunch the evening is yours to enjoy on the houseboat. In the evening you can also try your hands out on preparing one of your favorite dish with the chef onboard. However preparing something is a choice of yours and not a compulsion.

The last destination on houseboat will be the place where the Kassargod Wildlife Sanctuay is proposed. Today this place is open for people to see, though there is no wildlife is here at present. You can see the water birds and small animals here as you pass by. From here you can either proceed back or can finish your journey at any of the villages in the back route.

The Houseboat

Kettuvalloms or Houseboats are the country boats which were used in the early days for transportation of man and material. With the coming of roads these have now been converted into ornamental water borne materials which are used to give the tourists a comfortable stay in the backwaters of Kerala.

Usually a Houseboat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of 13 feet in the middle. The material which is usually used in making a houseboat and its interiors are bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets. The wood used in making the Houseboats is known as Anjilli. There are Air Conditioned and Non - Air Conditioned Houseboats.

Each Houseboat has a crew of 3 people - the Captain of the boat, the Chef and the Cabin Assistant. The rooms in a Houseboat can range from one to a maximum of five. The Houseboat can either be single or double decked. The rooms have a attached bath and there is a dinning hall, a sun sitter open room and a kitchen. The food prepared in the Kitchen is purely South Indian.

  • The fare includes living in houseboats for the stipulated time, with meals and sight-seeing. Anything extra than this will incur extra charges.
  • Skilled and experienced crew mans the craft and lifeguards at important points enhance the foolproof security system.
  • The Kerala Tourism has categorized the 250 odd Houseboats to Gold star and Silver Star categories according to the facilities and Quality standards. You have to choose among them.
  • Sight-seeing of near by villages will be in Air Conditioned coaches. If you do not need Air Conditioned coaches then you have to tell in advance as Air Condition coaches attract extra charges.
  • Try to keep cotton clothes or Chiffon. The weather of Kerala is usually damp, so lighter the cloths, the better you will feel.
  • Keep your own mosquito repellent ointment as there can be mosquitoes around the water.
  • If you require some basic First Aid, ask the crew. The houseboats have the first aid box. If you suffer from some ailment, tell it to the crew, so that if need arises, they can help.
  • Though the houseboats run throughout the year, its better to avoid the monsoon season of July - August. In these months the Captains avoid to move their houseboats.
  • In Kerala the rain drains on its own at any point of time . So its better to keep an umbrella handy.
  • The Houseboat tour begins from a particular place but it is not important that the tour ends at that particular place. You can also end your tour in some other place as per your ease. For this you will have to ask for One Way HouseBoat Tour.
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