are different views on the derivation of the name "KASARAGOD".
One view is that it is the combination of two Sanskrit words kaasaara
(which means lake or pond) and kroda (which means a place where
treasure is kept). Another view is that it is the place where Kaasaraka
trees (Strychnos nux vomica or Kaanjiram or Kaaraskara) are in abundance.
Bothe views are relavant as there are large number of rivers, lakes and
ponds in the coastal belt of the district besides thick flora consisting
of innumerable varieties of trees, shribs etc. particularly plentitude
of Kaasaraka trees.