The hilly region of Kasaragod district is home to a number of impressive forts that were either built as military bastions or used to serve as important commercial and cultural centres. One such fort is the noted Hosdurg Fort, one of the many legendary forts built by Somashekara Nayak of the Ikkeri dynasty. It is popularly known as the Kanhagad Fort and invites visitors with its arresting architecture. The round bastions of the fort are its primary features and can be seen from a distance. Hosdurg Fort is also home to the internationally-renowned spiritual centre, Nithyanandashram, which has 45 caves. Tourists can also visit the Karpooreshwara Temple located right next to the fort. Hosdurg Fort is located at a distance of 15 km from Bekal and 5 km from Kanhagad.

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