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The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era. This foremost souvenir of the 'Gods own Country' remains undeterred over the ages as a silent witness to centuries of eventful yester years. The Bekal Fort has been a source of attraction for historians, tourists and nature - lovers for centuries since it embodies memories of a glorious past.

The Fort appears to have been built up from the seas since almost three fourth of its exterior is drenched and the waves do stroke the citadel. The Hanuman temple and the ancient Muslime Mosque nearly hold testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy connected with the fort.

Bekal Fort happens to be the biggest fort of Kerala spreading over forty acres. The important features of this fort are the tank with its flight of steps, the opening of the tunnel towards the South, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower is a rarity. From there one has ample view of all the important places in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikulam Uduma etc. This observation centre has strategic significance in finding out even the smallest movements of the enemy and ascertaining the safety of the Fort.

Major Attractions

 

Bekal Fort

One of the best maintained beaches in Kasargod, Bekal Fort Beach is a vast expanse of white sands spread over an area of 35 acres. The beach is dotted with palm trees thus giving it an exotic feel. The Bekal fort beach in Kerala is also famous for a landmark fort known as the Bekal fort. It is a beautiful fort, which has been preserved to some extent and makes a great observatory point. The Arabian Sea can be seen in its entire splendor and is a great place to view sunset and sunrise.

 

Bekal Beach
An unmatched experience of the sun, sea and the sand is this shallow beach, that offers, apart from the charm of unexplored nature, spectacular views of the Bekal Fort nearby. Adding more charm to the spectacular landscape are the swaying palm trees that border the beach.

Kappil Beach
Five km away is Kappil Beach . Vast, remote and secluded, it is refreshingly different from popular beach destinations in its inspiring settings and ambience. Nearby is the Kodi Cliff that looks as if it sprang straight out of the sea. Take in one of the most panoramic views of the sea from here.

Kanwatheertha Beach
Located 3 km from Manjeswaram, is a large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach which is the main attraction of Kanwatheertha Beach.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Ranipuram
Shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands... Ranipuram, 58 km from Bekal is a stunning landscape in every shade of green. Situated at a cool 750 m above sea level, it is popular not just as a natural haven, but also as an adventure hotspot. Hidden beneath the evergreen canopy are delightful trekking trails that nature enthusiasts are slowly discovering.

Formerly known as Madathumala, Ranipuram's extensive forests merge with those of the nearby State of Karnataka . While the varied vegetation makes this place a favourite with nature lovers, the wild elephants that wander the mountains offers the experience of a lifetime for wildlife enthusiasts.

Kottancherry
30 km north east of Kanhangad. Visitors can have more of adventure at Kottancherry which resembles the famous hill station of Kodaikanal in its scenic beauty. The rainforests near Konnakkad present excellent options for trekking.

Possadigumpe
Ideal for an enchanting one-day tour is Possadigumpe, located on a hillock 323 m above sea level and 18 km east of Mangalpady in Dharmathadka. The delightfully cool environs of this place makes it just the right place for a picnic.

Distance from major cities
Mangalore 50 Kms
Calicut 180 Kms
Cochin 422 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Nearest domestic airport is manglore and nearest international airport is Calicut.
by Rail Bekal is on the Calicut - Mangalore - Mumbai route.
by Road Kasaragod (30 minutes run from bekal) is well connected to all major nearby towns & cities.

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