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.