Timings : 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : INR 15
Built almost 300 years ago, Bekal Fort is considered as one of the largest and most preserved forts in Kerala. Nestled 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 fort was featured in the popular A R Rahman song ' Tu hi re'.
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.
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