Kasaragod really has a long-winded history which begins with Arab’s and resides in the formation after the Independence of the nation hence to the formation of as the Kasaragod District. Most of these information claims that the place has some huge importance and respect among the historians, foreigners as well as the rulers.
It had been stated with glory as a perfect destination for trade and cultural diversity that prevailed from a bunch of years.
Notably, the wanderers from European and Arab Nations were the first and foremost people who came to Kasaragod. Further, more such people came here and established their state of interest in utilizing the resources of this place.
I would like you to know these Top 5 astounding shreds of evidence that explains the very historical importance that made Kasaragod popular in the map.
1. The favorite trading center of Arabs from 9th Century
Arabs were in continuous trade between the AD 9th Century and AD 14th Century and was an important trading center of that time. The Arabs called Kasaragod as ‘’Harkwillia’ where they started various commercial ventures during the period.
2. The Maldives brought rice from Kasaragod in the 1514’s
Historical records that belong to the Portuguese traveler Duarte Barbosa were founded which marked his visit to Kumbla. His travelogue has detailed that it was a huge quantity of rice was transported from Malabar in Ships to the Maldives, in early 1514.
According to the Chapter 93, the Isles of Maldio from “The Book of Duarte Barbosa” Maldives had an active trade in rice and coir was imported in exchange.
3. Nileswaram was the headquarters of Kolathiri King
The Neeleswaram or Nileswaram was historically the seat of the Neeleswaram Rajahs who belonged to the Kolathiri Dynasty. The Kolathiri Kings are descended from the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, and Ay.
It was found that the Nileswaram (Alladam) Swarũpam or Constitution had claimed independent political identity in the 17th Century. Kolathiri Kings believed that Theyyam a ritual form helped to fight against the attack of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Kolathiri Dynasty is also involved in the construction of the Bekal fort which clenches major historical importance of Kasaragod district.
4. Historical rulers of Kasaragod include the Kumbala Kings and Mysore Sultans
Beyond the statements of Duarte Barbosa, Kumbla is also famous since it was the seat of the Kumbla Kings rulers of the Sothern Tuluva Kingdom. The Kumbla Kingdom combines a number of 32 Tulu and 32 Malayalam villages.
Mysore Sultans, Hyder Ali had conquered Baindur in 1763 which led his son Tipu Sultan then to win over Kumbale Kings in 1792. The Kumbla King thus moved to Thalassery upon his failure. Tipu then fought with British Empire in 1799 for independence and failed thus had to accept a very cheap pension of Rs. 11,788 per annum in 1804.
5. Kasaragod previously belonged to the Bombay Precedency
During the British India period, Kasaragod was the southernmost part which came under Bekal Taluk in South Canara Division of the Bombay Precedency. It was followed with the Bekal Taluk till the year 1882, when Bekal was counted in into the Madras Precedency exactly on 16th April 1882.
These are some of the major Historical importance of Kasaragod that affected the cultural and social development of the district. If you are aware of any other pieces of evidence and you would like to help others in knowing about Kasaragod District, then do share in the comments below.