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'Bekal Fort', is the largest fort Bekal Fort in Kasargod, Kerala, India, spreading over 40 acres (160,000 m2). Some important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad steps leading to the Observation Tower, which is a rarity. From...
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Bekal Sightseeing

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Bekal Forts

Bekal Fort: Bekal Fort  is the largest fort in the state of Kerala, India, spreading over 40 acres (160,000 m2). The important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight Bekal Fort of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower which is a rarity. From there one has ample view of towns in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikkulam, Uduma etc. This observation center had strategic significance in discovering even the smallest movements of the enemy and ascertaining safety of the Fort.

The Fort appears to have been built up from the sea since almost three fourth of its exteriors is drenched and the waves continually stroke the citadel. The Mukhyaprana Temple of Hanuman and the ancient Muslim Mosque nearby bear testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy inherent in the fort.

Unlike most other Indian Forts, Bekal fort was not a center of administration for no remains of any palace, mansion or such buildings are found within the fort. Arguably the fort was built exclusively for fulfilling defense requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. The holes at top were meant for aiming at the farthest points; the holes below for striking when the enemy was nearer and the holes underneath facilitated attacking when the enemy was very near to the fort. This is a remarkable evidence of technology in defense strategy.

Chandragiri Fort: Six km away, perched beside the Chandragiri River , is the Chandragiri Fort. Built during the 17 th century by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore, who is said to have built the Bekal Fort too, Chandragiri's western rampart is an ideal place to watch sunsets.

The fort has an eventful history to relate... A couple of centuries ago, the river Chandragiri was considered the border of two powerful kingdoms - Kolathunadu and Thulunadu. When Thulunadu was captured by the Vijayanagara Emperor, the Kolathunadu kings lost the Chandragiri region to them. It was only in the 16th century that the great empire of Vijayanagara (presently under the Karnataka State) declined. But later the Ikkeri Naikkars or the Bedanoor Naiks took over the reins of Chandragiri as an independent region. Thus the Chandragiri Fort was built by Sivappa Naik for the defence of his kingdom. The fort changed hands over the years to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British East India Company. Today it is a protected monument under the State Archaeology Department. The Chandragiri region was rejoined to the State of Kerala through the State Reorganisation Act, 1956, Government of India.

Hosdurg Fort: Further down, 15 km away from Bekal is the Hosdurg Fort – a chain of forts built by Somasekhara Nayak of the Ikkeri dynasty . Today, Hosdurg's historic aura has a spiritual touch to it, due to the Nityanand Ashram located there.

Bekal Beaches

Bekal Beach: An unmatched experience of the sun, sea and the sand is this shallow beach, that offers, apart from the charm of unexplored nature, Bekal Beach spectacular views of the Bekal Fort nearby. Adding more charm to the spectacular landscape are the swaying palm trees that border the beach.

Kappil Beach: Five km away is Kappil Beach . Vast, remote and secluded, it is refreshingly different from popular beach destinations in its inspiring settings and ambience. Nearby is the Kodi Cliff that looks as if it sprang straight out of the sea. Take in one of the most panoramic views of the sea from here.

Kanwatheertha Beach: Located 3 km from Manjeswaram, is a large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach which is the main attraction of Kanwatheertha Beach.  

Azhithala Beach: Serene, secluded and punctuated with casuarinas trees, Azhithala Beach , located 25 km to the south of Bekal, is the ideal setting for long walks and out-of-this-world moments.

Hillstations in Bekal

Ranipuram: Shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands… Ranipuram, 58 km from Bekal is a stunning landscape in every shade of green. Situated at a cool 750 m above sea level, it is popular not just as a natural haven, but also Hillstation in Bekal as an adventure hotspot. Hidden beneath the evergreen canopy are delightful trekking trails that nature enthusiasts are slowly discovering. Formerly known as Madathumala, Ranipuram's extensive forests merge with those of the nearby State of Karnataka. While the varied vegetation makes this place a favourite with nature lovers, the wild elephants that wander the mountains offers the experience of a lifetime for wildlife enthusiasts.

Kottancherry (30 km north east of Kanhangad): Visitors can have more of adventure at Kottancherry which resembles the famous hill station of Kodaikanal in its scenic beauty. The rainforests near Konnakkad present excellent options for trekking.

Possadigumpe: Ideal for an enchanting one-day tour is Possadigumpe, located on a hillock 323 m above sea level and 18 km east of Mangalpady in Dharmathadka. The delightfully cool environs of this place makes it just the right place for a picnic.

Bekal Backwaters

Valiyaparamba: The most beautiful backwater stretch of Kerala, Valiyaparamba is 19 km from Bekal. Four rivers give shape to this Bekal Backwater network of waterways that lazily snake through the land, between palm groves and paddy fields.

A ride in a Kettuvallam: The traditional houseboat of Kerala – gives one an unmatched experience of the backwaters. The rustic beauty of Kasaragod makes one engrossed with the beauty; the refreshing glimpses of life around the waterways makes this goods carrier turned leisure boat much sought after by tourists . And, while gliding past little thatched houses, past the clusters of green; past fleets of ducks you'll finally discover that serenity has a name.

Chandragiri: Unveil more frames of tranquility at Chandragiri River . Flowing beside the famous fort by the same name, boat trips are available from here to nearby islands and palm groves.

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