Bekal fort was constructed by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore in 1650 AD. The Fort spreading over 40 acres is the largest fort in Kerala. Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar. The coins and other artifacts unearthed by the archaeological excavation conducted recently at Bekal fort is a manifestation of the strong presence of the Mysore Sulthans.
Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. Bekal is located towards the southern part of Kasargod. A relatively new entrant on the luxury travellerís map, Bekal is most famous for its fort, which is the oldest in Kerala. The fortís ramparts make for a superb sight. Located so far north, itís easier to get to Bekal from Mangalore than any city in Kerala.
The imposing circular fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful expanse of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort known as Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an exotic beach location by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC). BRDC was set up by the Government of Kerala to develop Bekal as a planned eco-friendly destination.
A cluster of little islands about 30 kms from Bekal, Valiyaparamb is a much favoured spot for boat cruises, houseboat holidays and fishing. Houseboats cruises are available from Kottappuram Jetty near Nileswar.
Remote and secluded Kappil has a beautiful beach and is fast becoming a major tourist attraction.. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
Backwaters near Bekal
Kasaragod is blessed with a dozen estuaries. 14 rivers crisscross the district networking it with shimmering waterways. You can holiday beside the backwaters, cruise on them savour exotic fresh water catch and avail of other watersport facilities.