Nileshwaram; The cultural capital of Kasaragod district in Kerala


Neeleswaram, or Nileswaram, is the abbreviated form of Neelakanta Ishwaran.



The town of Nileshwaram used to be the capital of the erstwhile Nileshwara Rajas and was known as the cultural capital of Kasaragod district. There are many Kovilakoms, or palaces of the Nileshwara Rajas, that showcase the fine architectural splendor of a glorious past. The monuments belonging to the royal era, such as the Thekke Kovilakam, the Kinavoor Kovilakam, the Kovilakam Chira, the Thali temple, and many more, are associated with the royal family, attract visitors from far and wide. The Nileshwaram Palace functions today as the Folklore Centre of the Department of Archaeology, Govt. of Kerala.

The town is also famous for its numerous sacred serpent groves (shrines), temples, and ancient buildings that make it a cradle of folk arts and culture. Another main attraction of the town is the ritual art form ‘Theyyam’ that is performed in many temples here, giving an insight into the folk music of the place.


Railway station: Nileshwaram Railway Station, 1 km away

Flight: Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL), about 75 km away