Location : 16 kms south of Kasaragod town, Kasaragod
Attraction : Giant keyhole shaped fort, the golden expanse of a
beautiful beach surrounding the fort, backwaters and hill
destinations and water sport facilities nearby.
Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the northern
extreme of Kerala State.16 kms south of the town on the National
Highway, is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of
the Kerala, surrounded by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant
keyhole, the historic Bekal fort offers a superb view of the Arabian
Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago
huge cannons used to be placed.
Nearby is an old mosque said to have been built by
the valiant Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Built by the rulers of ancient
Kadampa dynasty, the fort changed hands over the years to the Kolathiri
Rajas, the Vijayanagar empire, Tipu Sultan and finally, the British
East India Company. Today, the Bekal fort and its surroundings is
fast becoming an international tourist destination and a favorite
shooting locale for film makers. Bekal is also one among the five
centres selected by the Government of India to be developed into
a 'Special Tourism Area'.
Nearest railway station : Kasaragod, about 16
Nearest airports : Mangalore, about 50 km; Karipur International
Airport, Kozhikode about 200 km