About Bekal

Located on the wide expanse of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is famous for its forts, backwaters, and beaches. This town on the shores of Arabian sea is known for the natural beauty it is blessed with along with a number of tourist spots. A set of 45 caves called the Nityanandashram caves, the aqua park, temples and mosques are its major attractions. Other than this one can visit the Bekal Fort and Beach, Kappil Beach and Chandragiri fort.

Place to must visit in Bekal


Places to Visit in Bekal

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Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 3 kms

Bekal Fort

Built almost 300 years ago, Bekal Fort is considered as one of the largest and most preserved forts in Kerala. Narrating a story of its past, the fort stands in its full glory and grandeur. It is visited by numerous visitors every year. Nestle in the lap of nature, Bekal Fort is a historic fort surrounded by a beautiful beach offering an enchanting view of Arabian Sea from its high observation tower where once the cannons were placed. The beautiful walkway, illuminated beach and the grand architecture of the Bekal Fort make this place a favourite among the masses. The Bekal fort is a keyhole-shaped lofty structure that stands still against the rocky shores of sea amusing its visitors with its finesse. The whole purpose of erecting this structure by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore in the year 1650 was pure of defence. The location has been a witness to an uninterrupted history with changing several seats of power from Indian royal dynasties to the rule of refined Sultans and surviving the colonial era of British Raj. It is the largest fort in Kerala, spread over an area of 40 acres. Located in the Bekal Village of Kasaragod District of Kerala, Bekal Fort was declared as the special tourism area by the Government of India in the year 1992. Located at a distance of 65 kilometres from Mangalore City, Bekal Fort has various unusual features. One of the most important among these is the water tank with its flight of steps. The fort also has a tunnel, opening towards the south and a magazine for keeping ammunition with broad steps that lead towards the Observation tower. This Observation Tower is an extremely famous spot here due to the stunning view it offers of the nearby towns of Kanhangad, Pallikkara, Bekal, Kottikkulam and Uduma. The ease of accessibility, golden shore and the stunning view or the Arabian Sea makes this place a huge hit among the travellers.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Bekal Beach

Bekal Fort Beach is a splendid seashore in the district of Kasaragod in God's Own Country, Kerala, India. The beach expands over an area of 36 acres and is well known for being the location of Bekal Fort and for being maintained well. The dense palm trees, the splendid sea, the golden sand and the grand walls of the fort together form the picturesque location. Tourists from all over the world visit the beach for its beauty and serenity. One may take a nice long relaxing stroll across the beach or just enjoy the sunset in the sand. Bekal beach is a perfect destination for a day-long picnic. Tourists can enter the Bekal Fort and explore the interiors of the fort. The view of the beach from the top of the fort is a breathtaking view. Other than the fort, tourists can also explore the rock garden which is situated only a kilometre away from the beach. Bekal beach is not a virgin beach but it not always crowded like several other commercial beaches in India. The garden is the best place to spend time with friends and family. One may enjoy camel rides, horse rides, local snacks etc. on the beach. There is also a children's play area where they can spend time. The beautiful beach and the attractions nearby are managed under the Social Forestry Scheme. More trees have been planted by the beach under the same scheme to enhance the beauty of the location. The coastline is lined by a walkway which allows visitors to explore the coast and get the best panoramic view of the site. The beach is also illuminated after sunset to allow visitors to continue spending time after dark.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Kappil Beach

Kappil beach is a dazzling beach located about 15 kilometres from Kasaragod, in God's own country, the South Indian State of Kerala. This bewitching beach is one of the few in India which still has an expansive area of golden sand and clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea explored by many travel enthusiasts but not exploited as yet. So, if you wish to go to a place which has everything you wanted from the sun, the sand, the clear sea lined by lush green coconut trees, this is the place to be. The picturesque location of the beach is sure to mesmerize you. Laze on the sand, enjoy a drink or read a book. Whatever you do, you are bound to make memories that will be unforgettable for the rest of your life. Kappil Beach has a long sandy stretch which is apt for taking strolls across the coastline. It is just about 5 kilometres from the Bekal Fort. A portion of the beach serves as an exclusive beach for the guests at Taj Bekal Resort and Spa in Kerala. Tourists spend days basking in the sun as they relax in the sand. The sea usually has strong currents, so you may want to stay out of the waters. The enrapturing beach is a perfect location to watch sunsets and the changing shades of the evening sky. This is one of those places that hasn't been commercialised making it an ideal place for a picnic or to spend a day or two in quiet solitude.

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Distance: 2 kms

The Bekal Hole Aqua Park

The Bekal Hole Aqua Park is an adventure park which offers various forms of water rides to its visitors.

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Distance: 41 kms

Valiyaparamba Backwaters

Valiyaparamba Backwaters serves as a major fishing centre in the region. This stretch of backwater is one of most scenic in Kerala.

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Distance: 14 kms

Nityanandashram Caves

Nityanandashram Caves are a set of 45 caves containing the panchaloha sculpture of Swami Nityananda, which are definitely worth a visit.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hrs

Distance: 19 kms

Ananthapura Lake temple

Ananthapura Lake Temple, a serene Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake located in Village Ananthapura, Kasargod, is a renowned tourist traction in God's Own Country, the South Indian state of Kerala, India. Walk down the entrance, and you'll notice how tranquil and pleasant the location is. The calm lake that is formed by a continuous supply of spring water and the pleasant temple with its traditional architecture are sure to put you at ease in an instant. This is the only temple that has a crocodile considered as a guardian and a messenger. This guardian is a vegetarian, 80plus-year-old crocodile named Babiya and if you are lucky, you could spot him swimming in the lake waters. The Ananthapura Lake Temple is the holy temple of Ananthapadmanabhan Swami. It is believed that Ananthapadmanabhan settled down here first and then moved to Thiruvananthapuram through a cave which lies to the right-hand side corner of the lake. The cave is said to be a natural structure that separates Ananthapura and Thiruvananthapuram and therefore, these two temples retain the name of the same deity. The Ananthapura Lake Temple is a perfect example of nature living in total harmony with each other, and it indeed is, as it is seen by the presence of a crocodile in spite of humans visiting the temple to offer their prayers. Babiya never attacks the humans even when they use the tank for taking a bath and humans never treat him differently and together they maintain a blended and peaceful existence. One has to visit this temple to experience total harmony.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 6 kms

Chandragiri fort

Built in the 17th century by Sivappa Nayak of Bedanore, the Chandragiri fort lies in the Kasaragod District of north Kerala, the southern state of India. Now only a remnant of its original majestic form and protected under State Archaeology Department, the fort once used to be a powerful stronghold of the kingdom. Full of artistic and historical significance, this place is visited by locals as well as tourists for the breathtaking view of the estuarine that Payaswini river forms with the Arabian Sea. Flanked by coconuts and mangroves on both sides, it offers a magnificent sight to behold. If visited during the afternoon, one can witness a stunning view of the sunset as well from the Kizhur State Temple. The fort has a colourful past, being the stronghold of the bedanore Naiks of South India against all other hostile forces during the 17th century. It has also seen the rule of the Mysore Sultan Hyder Ali, and then witnessed the British Colonialism like every other fort in India, intact or otherwise. The fort regained its roots in Kerala only after independence. The Chandragiri fort does not have much to see but offers a much-needed silence for those who seek it. The grim and quiet corners of the mighty fort speak of its own turbulent history and let you soak in its glory. The sunset from atop is nothing short of a perfect frame for a photographer who wants to capture the unembellished beauty of nature. The Chandragiri Boat Club nearby offers boat trips to the nearby islands and palm groves, and on some of the islands you can get down and camp. The local fishermen will accompany you in the boat rides, so you will get to know the unabridged stories of the locales, and any interesting story, legend or folklore about the fort, if there is any. If you want a lazy and unconventional way to spend a free evening while on the trip near Bekal or Kasaragod, the Chandragiri fort is your best bet.

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Distance: 21 kms

Nileswaram

Nileswaram is a cultural centre where the Department of Archeology runs the traditional knowledge centre. The place is adjoining the backwaters and deltas offering a magnificent view to its visitors.

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Distance: 13 kms

Hosdurg Beach

Hosdurg Beach, rich in flora and fauna is a perfect place to explore with family and friends. One will find Casuarina orchards populating the beach. Nesting turtles crawling onto the shores to lay their eggs is a sight to behold. There are several little cottages dotting the beach where you can crash at night.

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Distance: 8 kms

Malik Deena Mosque

Malik Deena Mosque with typical Malabar style of architecture was built by Malik Ibn Deenar. The place is a must visit especially during the Uroos festival which is celebrated with great fervor.

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