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Bekal Kerala, South
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Bekal is a small, beautiful beach town on the eastern shore of Kerala's, Kasargod district in Southern India. Kasargod, the Northern most district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills, backwaters, beautiful beaches with water sports facilities.

 

Rich in history, Kasaragod, has the largest and best preserved fort in the State - Bekal, looming in the distant horizon, bordered by a splendid beach. Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons, couple of centuries ago.

 

The historic Malik Deenar Juma Masjid and the unique Madhur Mahaganapathy Temple display a variety of styles in traditional architecture. Strategically located on the banks of the Payaswini River, ancient port town of the Kolathiri Rajas abounds in myths and legends and exudes a magical charm with its spectacular art forms of Theyyam, Yakshagana, Poorakkali, Kolkali etc.

 

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The Bekal Fort, an impressive citadel, shaped like a gigantic key- hole, runs into the sea with a fine bay towards the south. It stands undeterred over the ages, a silent witness to the triumphs and tribulations of the centuries past. The largest and the best preserved fort in Kerala, spreading over 40 acres is of great historical and archaeological interest and has been a source of attraction for historians, tourists and nature lovers for ages.

 

The Fort appears to arise from the sea as three fourth of its exteriors are continuously drenched and lapped by coastal waves. The remarkable features of this fort are its water-tank with a flight of steps, the tunnel opening to the south, the magazine for storing ammunition and the broad, wide steps leading to the Observation Tower which is a rarity. From this observation post one gets a good view of the Arabian Sea and all towns in the vicinity, it held a strategic significance to espy even the smallest movements of any intruder and ascertain safety of the fort. While the winding entrance and the deep trenches around were defense strategies inherent in the fort. The Mukhyaprana Temple of Hanuman and the ancient Muslim Mosque nearby bear testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area.

 

Unlike most Indian Forts, the Bekal fort wasn't the seat of administration, for there aren't any traces of dwelling units within. Undoubtedly, it was built exclusively for defense purposes and  the  numerous holes strategically positioned says it all. The holes on the outer walls of the fort were specially designed to defend the fort effectively, while those at the top were meant for aiming to the farthest points; the holes below were meant for striking the enemy at close proximity and those made at the base facilitated attack when the enemy was at very close quarters. Definitely these are remarkable evidences of technology in defense strategy.

 

Valiyaparamba just an hour's drive from Bekal, is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. A hinterland separated from the mainland, fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises. It is also a noted fishing centre in the district.

 

 Getting there

Location and Distance

65 km south of Mangalore, Karnataka. Nearest major railway stations are Kasargod and Kanhangad, both are about 12 km away from Bekal.

 Fast Facts
Name Bekal Best Time To Visit September to March
Location Kerala   South   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Coastal Town
Temperature Summar   30-36C      Winter   16-20C      Rainy   22-26C
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