Kerala Bekal Fort
Bekal Fort Kasargod
156 kms, north of Kozhikode
Bekal Fort Best Time to Visit :
November to February
Fort is located about 19 kms from the Kasargod district, in the state of
Kerala. The fort stands rooted at the northern most point of the state. The
fort is established over 35 acres of land and is abutted by the Arabian Sea.
Among the Kerala's interesting places, Bekal Fort Kerala, is the one that stands abutted by the vast stretches of the sea is a
beautiful spot. The fort region is quite and calm, with the only noise
coming from the waves that dash against the fort headland. The scene here is
unique and reflects the dual faces of nature, the steadfast, quite fort and
the rush and rumble of the sea.
The entrance to the fort follows a zig zag path with no big buildings and
palaces. The fort was probably built to defend any possible invasion via sea
route. The fort walls has many opening and there are trenches all around
that prove the stated point. The observation tower that stands on a
promontory is incredible. The observation tower exists as cascaded circular
walls with opening for sea viewing. There is a regular flight of stairways
leading to the tower. The base of the tower has the circumference of 80 feet
and stands 30 feet in height. The tower provides a picturesque view of the
At the entrance lies the Anjaneya Temple. The temple is said as having been
built at the time fort was constructed. The temple is dedicated to Sree
Hanuman. The fort is connected with many underground passages that lead to
outside at several points. There is a block inside the fort which was used
to store weapons and ammunitions. These chambers are, at present, under the
control of Archaeological Survey of India.
The excavation of coins and historical artifacts unearthed by the
Archaeological Survey of India at the site has led to the popularity of the
fort. The beach front near the fort, known as Bekal Fort Beach has recently
been developed as a great beach resort. Two statues have been installed at
the site and the place has been further beautified by a shed featuring mural
walls.While appreciating the amazing architecture kill some time taking Bekal Fort photos.
Bekal Fort History
Bekal Fort is more than 300 years old. Some contradictory accounts have
been surfacing about the fort origins. The widely accepted belief gives the
credit to Sivappa Naik of Ikkeri. The fort, as is believed, was built by
Sivappa in the 1650's. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali, father of
legendary Tipu Sultan, in the year 1763 and finally surrendered to the
British. However, one account holds Kolathiri Rajas responsible for the
building of the fort. There are people who believe that Sivappa captured the
fort that had already been built by Kolathiri Rajas. The history of the
fort, as such, is enriched with many strong men and various eras it has
witnessed. On the tour to this historic monument in Keral you can kill some time taking bekal fort pictures.
A Stay at Bekal Resorts in Bekal
For an overnight stay at Bekal there are quite a few hotels and tourist
homes that serve the purpose. Most of the accommodation facilities lie in
the nearby Kasargod town. Some popular service providers in the region
PWD Guest House - Bekal Fort Resort, PWD Guest House - Kasargod, Gitanjali Heritage,
Nalanda Resorts, Hotel City Tower, Enay Tourist Home, Palika Bhavan, etc.
Bekal is connected by a network of roads to the regions around and the rest
of state. The railhead and long distance buses are provided at Kasargod,
which is about 19 kms from Bekal. Buses and taxis provide the means of
reaching Kasargod. At Kasargod there is a KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport
Corporation) bus stand with regular bus services to Mangalore, Kannur,
Thalassery, Kozhikode and Kochi. The Kasargod railway station provides means
of accessing the cities around via train. The nearest airport is the Bajpe
Airport, located at Mangalore, some 69 kms from Bekal.
Bekal Fort Tour Packages
Features : Starting from
Cochin, the package provides the touch and feel of major tourist
attractions. The sojourn is accompanied with tours to the famous hill
stations, beaches, historic places and backwaters of Kerala. Places to
be visited include Cochin, Periyar, Munnar, Kumarakom, Kovalam and more.
Features : Kerala Vacation
Package provides a customized tour to spend vacations at some prized
attractions of Kerala. The tour emphasizes on leisure and provides for
guided city tours including that of famous city Mumbai. The destinations
covered by the tour are Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Kovalam and Mumbai.
Features : The tour is an
ideal way of spending the vacations at Kerala backwater destinations.
The package provides for a complete experience at famous lakes and
lagoons of Kerala. Cruises, boat rides, city exploration and beach
leisure are some of the events covered in the tour. It is an extensive
tour of some selected destinations like Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and
Features : This extended tour
provides for a mix of adventure and leisure. The tour showcases
important tourist destinations of Kerala encompassing hill stations,
beaches, plantations lands, backwaters and more. Local city tours,
adventurous treks, cruises and leisure at beach are some of the events
covered in the tour. The destinations covered include Trivandrum,
Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady, Cochin, Alleppey and Kovalam.
Features : The tour package
offers a complete road expedition of some renowned places in Kerala. The
tour package provides for a more close encounter with the local
population, culture and traditional beauty of the place. The rides along
the Western Ghats puts through popular destinations like Madras, Mysore,
Ooty, Guruvayoor, Cochin, Varkala and Kovalam. There is much adventure
to be had during the entire tour.
Features : The tour features
some selected places in the state of Kerala. It is a complete leisure
trip at destinations including Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and Marari
Beach. The package incorporates activities like boat safari, sunset
cruise, bird watching and beach activities.
Features : An extensive tour
through popular attractions of Kerala, capturing the beauty and
experience of backwaters, spice towns, hill stations, wildlife and some
popular shrines. The tour features most of the destinations of Kerala,
with the exception of Madurai. The destinations covered include Quilon,
Alleppey, Cochin, Munnar, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom and Kovalam.