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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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"Beaches, Backwaters and forts"

Bekal Tourism

Located on the west of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is a small town in the Kasargod district of Kerala. It is famous for its beaches, backwaters, forts and some tourists spots. Bekal is home to the largest fortress in Kerala. It's one of the primary landmarks of Kasargod district.

Shaped like a giant keyhole, the Bekal fort is bordered by the Arabian on three sides. A set of 45 caves called the Nityanandashram caves, Kappil Beach and Chandragiri fort are few of the other major attractions. Bekal was also selected as one among the top ten travel destinations by Lonely Planet. The nearest airport is at Mangalore while the nearby railway station is in Kanhangad.

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The Unexplored Backwaters

If it comes to backwater, people always turn to Allepey. 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 of the boat ranges from 5000-15000 INR.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bekal

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.
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Suggested Itinerary

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.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

An offbeat destination which is not yet much explored. Famous for forts, beaches and backwaters.

What's Not So Great?

Bekal is a place which cannot be visited throughout the year because of extreme weather conditions.

For Whom?

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.

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How To Reach Bekal

Cochin/Kochi/Ernakulam is the closest city if you are planning to visit Bekal. Cochin being the capital is well connected via flights from all over India. The nearest railway stations are Kasargod and Kanhangad, 14 km and 16 km respectively. Major South Indian cities are well connected by train to Bekal. There are also many buses running from the main cities to Bekal.

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Q. wayanad or bekal if we have to choose one ?

Holidify 1 year ago
Wayanad is a scenic place is definitely worth a visit.

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Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
- 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.
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