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Hosdurg fort

Known for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty, Hosdurg Fort is the landmark of Kanhangad in Kasaragod. Also known as Kanhangad Fort, the fort with its round bastions looks imposing from a distance. There is a famous temple attached to the fort, Karpooreshwara temple. The place was made well known by the NithyAnandashram, an internationally recognized spiritual centre with 45 caves. Every year lots of tourist visits this beautiful fort. Hosdurg Fort is a majestic fort which can be seen from distance and was established by Ikkeri Dynasty king Somashekhara Nayaka. There is a unique feature to this fort in form of its round bastion. Today, this fort houses school and few government offices. If you are visiting the fort, also visit the popular Nityanandashram which is comprise of nearly 45 caves. Another major spot lying in the proximity to the fort is the Poonkavanam Karpooreshwar Temple. Hosdurg Fort alias Kanhangad fort is an imposing structure located 4km east of Kanhangad town which is around 23kms and 15kms south east of Kasargod town and Bekal fort respectively. Believed to be built by Somasekhara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty, the fort is surrounded by a high brick wall with round bastions. Although only the ruins of the old fort remain, the legacy of the fort town endures to this day. Within the fort premises, there are several public offices and a temple called Karpooreshwara Temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The internationally recognized spiritual centre, Nithyanandashram is situated on the outskirts of the fort, around 4kms away.      Book Now

Chandragiri Fort

Chandragiri is a village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh with quite a rich history. It is home to a small fort originally built in the year 1000 AD, by the Yadavaraya rulers who ruled these parts for about 3 centuries. In the 14th century, the fort became a part of the Vijayanagara empire which had its capital in Hampi. In the 16th century, an alliance of Deccan Sultanates defeated the Vijayanagara army in the Battle of Talikota, and killed its ruler Aliya Rama Raya. They then proceeded to plunder and destroy Hampi to ruins. The slain king brother survived the battle, and he moved to Penukonda in present day Andhra Pradesh. From there, he ruled the now weakened and diminished kingdom. The last Vijayanagara king made Chandragiri his capital, but the empire disintegrated after his death. Next, Chandragiri passed into the hands of the Golconda Sultanate and finally the Kingdom of Mysore. Now the fort you enter it through two gateways, with carved pillars typical of Vijayanagara architecture. There are two parts in the innermost enclosure a lower fort and an upper fort. The upper fort was closed to public when we went A granite hill forms the backdrop to the lower fort, which has two important buildings. The first is the King Palace, a three storied palace with a durbar hall in the middle. Apparently, the greatest Vijayanagara ruler, Krishnadevaraya, lived here until he ascended the throne. If you have been to Hampi, you will notice the resemblance this building has to the Lotus Palace there. The ASI runs a museum in the King Palace now. The other building is the Queen Palace, which is smaller, but similar in design. It is believed to date back to the reign of Krishnadevaraya successor.      Book Now

Bekal Fort

Kasaragod, the Northern most district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful expanse of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort, known as Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an exotic beach location by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Beautification of the site includes installation of two sculptures of Theyyam created using literate on the beach and a shed the walls of which are adorned with murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart, from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various sizes have been utilized. Under the social forestry scheme, trees have been planted in the beach area. Parking facilities The BRDC has developed about 7000 sq. m of land for parking different types of vehicles. Walkway A beautiful walkway has been laid for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastline and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort. Illuminated beach The beach gets illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists can spend more time at the beach even after the sun sets. Resting facilities Multi shed and Eru madam would provide the tourists enough facilities to take rest and enjoy the sea breeze. By using locally available materials seating arrangements have been provided for the tourists at the beach      Book Now

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