Kasaragod district is located in the northern end of Kerala, bordering Karnataka. Unlike other regions, people in this town follow different cultures and speak various languages. Even the Malayalam spoken here is different and influenced by Kannada, Tulu, Urdu, and Konkani. It is also famous for its lush green lands, unique traditions, and beautiful Western Ghats. Kasaragod is renowned for its temples, kaavus (shrines), unique rituals, and various religious festivals. Nileshwar, the cultural capital of Kasaragod, gets its name from the Lord Neelakandeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva or Neelakandan (the one with the blue neck). Visit us if you’re looking for customized Nileshwar travel packages that include the best of this region.
Kasaragod has been an influential trading center for hundreds of years, drawing Arab traders between the 9th and 14th centuries. These traders have left an indelible impression, permanently altering the local culture and cuisine.
For instance, unlike the rest of Kerala, which loves a kattan chaya or black tea, natives of Kasaragod prefer their Sulaymani – a sweet black tea flavored with lemon. The tea probably gets its name from the traditional drink of the Sulaymani Bohras, a trading community from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Similarly, the Mapilla Muslims of the Malabar region are more culturally close to the people of Hadramawt and Sumatra.