Bekal Fort

Historical

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Distance (From Kasaragod): 167 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): Full Day

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: Following places can be visited along with this place:
1. Bekal Fort Beach (1 Km)
2. Chandragiri Fort (16 Km)
3. Hosdurg Fort (14 Kms)

At a distance of 27 km from Kasaragod, 72 km from Mangalore, 77 km from Kannur, Bekal Fort is an ancient fort situated at Bekal in Kerala. Along the shores of Arabian Sea, it is the best preserved fort in Kerala and among the top visited Kerala tourist places.

Bekal Fort happens to be the biggest fort of Kerala spreading over 40 acres. This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650's by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and was captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1763 AD and later by the British. Being the source of attraction for historians and tourists, the Bekal Fort was declared as the special tourism area by the Government of India in the year 1992.

The Bekal Fort is a keyhole-shaped lofty structure that stands still against the rocky shores of the Arabian Sea. The fort has zigzag entrance, strategically designed openings on the outer walls and various underground passageways. The fort has no palaces inside and was probably erected just for defence purposes. The important features of this fort are the sea bastion, underground tunnels, the observation tower and a temple dedicated to Hanuman. One can also visit a mosque built by Tippu Sultan of Mysore just outside the fort.

The observation tower affords a magnificent view of the sea on three sides and the green landscape to the east. There are many underground passages leading outside from various parts of the Fort. Two of them still remain intact, one leading to the south of the fort and the other to the moat on the east. Managed by ASI, The magazine that is used to store weapons and ammunition is closed to the public. The Bekal Fort Beach adjacent to the Fort is an added attraction.

Timings: 8 AM to 5.30 PM

Entry: Rs. 25 for Indians, Rs. 300 for Foreigners, Rs. 25 for Camera, Rs. 20 for Parking

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