Timings : Best time to visit : Jan to Sept
Time Required : 1 day
Nileshwaram, also known by the name of Nileshwar, is a major town that is located in the Kasaragod District of Kerala in southern India. Nileshwaram is one of the three municipalities that can be found in the district, the others being Kasaragod and Kanhangad. Nileshwaram is also referred to as the cultural capital of the Kasargod District and lies nestled between two rivers, the Nileshwaram Puzha and Thejaswini Puzha. With the Arabian Sea to its west, the town is breathtakingly beautiful and a spectacular site to be at.
The name Nileshwaram comes from one of the names of Lord Shiva, Neelakanteshwaran, which means the Blue-necked One. The name denotes that Nileshwaram is a land of Lord Shiva. Another story that is related to the name of the place is of Sage Neela, who mounted the deity of Lord Siva thousands of years ago. Nileshwaram once served as the seat of the Nileshwar Rajas of the Kolathiri family and was also associated with the war between the Nileshwar Rajas and the Bednore Nayaks.
The town is particularly famous for housing numerous ancient temples that have significant meaning and importance attached to them. In fact, Nileshwar is the perfect place to be for those who wish to explore the rich culture and traditions of Kerala, as well as witness some age-old architectural masterpieces with their near and dear ones.