Bekal Fort

Kasaragod Road, PO Bekal Fort, Beside Bekal Fort Railway Station, Dist. Kasaragod, Bekal, Kerala 671316
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Consider to be built by Shivappa Nayaka in 1650, Bekal Fort has various other versions of its origin.

Consider to be built by Shivappa Nayaka in 1650, Bekal Fort has various other versions of its origin.

Built Almost 300 years ago, Bekal Fort is considered as one of the largest and most preserved forts in Kerala. Narrating a story of its past, the fort stands in its full glory and grandeur. It is visited by numerous visitors every year. Nestle 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 favorite among the masses.

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 defense. The location has been a witness to an uninterrupted history of 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 kilometers 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 because of 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 travelers.

Bekal Fort timings are 8AM–6PM

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  • Bekal does not have any bus route from the major cities. The nearest busstand to Bekal is located at Kasaragod, which is at a distance of 14.9
  • The Kasaragod Railway Station and Kanhangad Railway Station are the closest major railway stations, which are located around 16 km far from Bekal.
  • The nearest airport is Mangalore which is roughly 73.4 km away.
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Consider to be built by Shivappa Nayaka in 1650, Bekal Fort has various other versions of its origin. According to some theories, the fort was in existence during the Kolathiri Rajas after the decline of Kolathiri and Vijayanagara Empire. Later it came under the rule of Ikkeri, Nayakas, who rebuilt the fort. Then the fort fell under the control of Hyder Ali in the year 1763, also serving as an important military station of Tipu Sultan later when he had the great military expedition to capture Malabar. It was in 1799 that the Mysorean control arrived at an end and in this manner, the Bekal fort went under the English East India Company. Further, Bekal became the headquarters of the Bekal Taluk of South Canara region.

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