Neeleshwaram (abbreviated form for Neelakanta Ishwaran) is the ‘Cultural capital of Kasaragod District located about 60 Km south of Kasargod.
The town is famous for its sacred groves or ‘kavus’. The Pooram and Kalasam festivals in Mannampurathukavu, the festival in Thaliyil temple and Thrukarthika and Pooram in Pallikkara Bhagavathi Temple of Neeleshwaram are famous in the region. The place is also famous for the ritualistic art form of Theyyam. Theyyam is performed in many different forms, like Padarkulangara Bhagavathi, Padinhare Chamundi, Moovalamkuzhi Chamundi, Kundor Chamundi, Raktha Chamundi, Vishnumoorthi, Palot Daivam, Muchilot Bhagavathi, Vairajathan, Bhairavan, several Bhagavathis, Gulikans and Pottan in Aramana house. The picturesque festivals adds to the Charms of the temple city and makes it distinctive. The Theyyam performed in several kavus, tharavads, and other sacred buildings attracts large numbers of foreigners.
Neeleshwaram lies between the two rivers of Nileshwaram and Karyangodu . The Valiyaparambu water-reservoir is situated near Neeleswaram and is well known for the Valiyaparambu stretch of Backwaters and Neeleshwaram is an upcoming backwater destination of North Kerala.