Bekal is a tourist place located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kasargod district of Kerala. Extremely scenic landscape, extensive beaches and backwaters and unspoilt environment qualified Bekkal as a potential site for an International standard beach destination.

Kasaragod, the northern end of Kerala, is a magical land of forts, rivers, beaches, backwaters, lush green forests, hills and plantations.

The important tourist attractions here are the magnificent 300 year old Bekal Fort and the Bekal beach surrounding the fort.

Bekal fort is the largest and best preserved fort in Kerala. The Fort is built by the Jeheri Nayak dynasty and completed during the period of Sivappa Nayak. Bekal subsequently fell into the hands of the Mysore Sultans. The Tipu Sulthan who died fighting against the British and subsequently the Bekal fort came under the British East India Company.

There is an Observation tower more than 30 ft. high, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed, offers a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea and the green landscape.

There is an old mosque nearby said to have been built by the Tipu Sultan of Mysore.

In 1992, the Government of India declared Bekal as a Special Tourism Area. Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Ltd (BRDC) was formed in 1995 with the Chief Secretary to Government of Kerala as Chairman, senior Government officials as Directors and Managing Director to develop Bekal as an international standard Beach Tourist Destination. BRDC focuses on planned, environment-friendly and ecologically viable methods of development. Comprehensive infrastructure development at the Bekal Project site includes water supply scheme, roads, street lighting, sanitation, solid waste disposal systems, public amenities, communication systems and basic tourist facilities.

Bekal is a favourite shooting location for the film makers.

Nearest railway station is at Kasaragod, about 16 km away. Nearest airport is at Mangalore, about 50 km away and Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is about 200 km away.

Important tourist places near to Bekal

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lokesh kumar said...

Kasorgod district consists of lot many things apart from bekal fort & beach. Ranipuram hillstation....a good spot for trekking lovers, Overnight cruise(boat house).....not exactly remembered the place name, it will be nearly 10KM south to Kanhangad & famous mathur ganapathi temple in Kasorgod. You can find some good snaps and more info