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.
- Carry sunscreen, head-gear, and sun-glasses during the winters. Always carry a water bottle and Oral Rehydration Solutions. Remember to pack in your own medicines. Quick grubs might be a little tricky to get, so it is advisable to carry your own munchies.
An offbeat destination which is not yet much explored. Famous for forts, beaches and backwaters.
Bekal is a place which cannot be visited throughout the year because of extreme weather conditions.
Bekal is a must visit for people who are looking for forests, mountains and a lake in one destination. Ideal for those who want to indulge in a weekend amidst greenery along with some Bengali cuisine.
If it comes to backwater, people always turn to Allepy. Little do people know about the backwaters of Bekal which are still very much unexplored. A small island, Valiyaparamba, about 30 km away from Bekal has the most scenic backwater stretches. It is an important fishing centre in North Kerala. The backwaters are simply mesmerising. The water is bordered by a thick fringe of coconut trees. The trees here they grow so densely that they outstretch towards the water for the sunlight. The view is brilliant. The cost for the boat ranges from 5000-15000 INR.
Day 1: On reaching Bekal, you can start your vacation by visiting the beautiful Bekal Beach. A walk along the stretch or just a dip will be very rejuvenating. After spending some time on the beach, you can head to Bekal fort to see the history unfold in front of the eyes. On your way back, you can stop at Kappi beach to appreciate the beautiful picturesque stretch.
Day 2: On the second day, head to experience the Bekal backwaters. Getting there is slightly tricky but worth all the efforts taken. The houseboats need not be booked in advance.
Bekal is known for its steamed and fried preparations, that one must taste, while here. Steamed food includes Puttu, Iddali, Idiyappam, Ada. Fried food, on the other hand consists of Fish fry, Fried bananas, bhajji (fried chilies). Apart from these, there are a few popular Keralan delicacies such as Payasam (rice, wheat, or coconut), Pickled mango Drink- Coconut water, Toddy (a local brew made of coconut water) as well as some refreshing locally available seasonal fruit juices.
Yes there are backwater boat rides in Bekal. There's the day cruise, the 24 hour cruise, and also a conference boat which can hold upto 50 people.