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This is one of the oldest and largest forts of the country and the presence of this fort can be traced from years ago. The Thirakkal as well as the Kolathiri kings are the earliest inhabitants of this beautiful structures. It was at that time a common habit of royals and kings to fortify their royal enclosure or palace to defend it from the enemys. The stronger the structure of a fort is, the better it is always. Later, when excavations have been made here in the fort, a number of coins and other items have been found which bring out the clear influence of the Mysore Sultans here. Later came the British rulers and then started a new Era in the Economical and social structure of the region. At present, the Bekal Fort is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala and also a known place where directors shoot movies and ads. Also, the Tourism Department has put this place as one of the five best tourist attractions here and special care is taken of this.
Panchami Bekal
After a sumptuous lunch prepared by my granny and a bit of rest, we went on to visit the famous Fort.Timings: 8:30 Am -5:30 PMEntrance: INR 5 and INR 25 for the camera and INR 20 for car parkingThere is a Mukhyaprana temple ( Hanuman temple) at the entrance to the fort and an ancient mosque nearby which are a proof to the religious harmony that prevailed in the land. The fort was built by Shivappa Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and later captured by the Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore in the year 1763.The fort was very well maintained and the gardens were in full bloom too. My most favorite part of the fort was the one end jutting to the sea. One can feel the sea waves splashing at your place from the point. Also, it was one of the best sunset view points that I have seen. Also, the famous song "Tu hi re" from the movie Bombay was shot here, in this fort.
The entrance of the fort is quite calm in the mornings. Empty parking lots and empty stalls of the small vendors out there.Having paid the fee,we continued after keeping our saddle bags in the ticket counter.
Bekal fort, which is around 65Km from Mangalore, is one of the beautiful forts you will come across. Go during the monsoon or post monsoon season, its an eye candy. Its very clean and well maintained. Its famous for the song "Tu hi re" from the move Bombay. It was shot here.There is only one hotel, which isn't great. You may try this place if you are really hungry :). You get mango dipped in the salt water and also pickeled mango pieces, which you shouldn't miss.
Sumiya Ebrahim
Bekal Fort situated in Kasargod,the northernmost district of Kerala is spread over forty acres and has got massive walls of about 12 metres in height built of laterite stones. The fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have built in the 1650’s by Sivappa Naik of Ikkeri dynasty.The land side of the fort is surrounded by ditch. When we entered the fort we could see a large observation tower with a wide ramp and a well maintained garden. As we started ascending the tower, slowly the blue sea started becoming visible and my gawwd..that was a mind blowing view..
Muktadhara Ray
The best part of the fort is that government and the Archaeological Survey of India is maintaining the fort. The Murud janjira at Kashid is ruined and I was quite sad to see the state of it. The fort is never ending and every view point is worth stopping at. You need at least 3 hours to see it in entirety.Lunch at the resort comprised of fresh and fried King Fish. I believe if you're travelling to a beach, fish should be your staple diet. The steamed fish in banana leaf was a mess and the generous use of curry leaves and coconut oil added to the disaster. The bekal beach is also a couple of minutes of walk from Nirvana. we sat in the clean white sands dotted with shells and watched the sea devour the sun. The sea here is calm and submissive and so is the weather.Evenings at Nirvana are terrribly quiet. We sat at the open dining hall and sang songs. We put 'Tu hi re' on loop in our mobiles :) ( For the uninitiated, the song was shot here.)The next morning again we wer back at the beach. these beaches are not as commercialised as Goa and hence no shacks. But lying down in the sun and sand with the cool morning breeze is an absolute bliss!Travel DetailsKSRTC NON AC sleeper Bus from Bangalore : INR 650 Local Auto : 15 INR per kmStay at Nirvana : 2500 INR for double bed cottage ( discounted price due to an online offer) + 800 for extra cotFood at Nirvana : Average but no other nearby optionsSpa at Nirvana : only available on Saturdays(Kerala massage) but you have to make an appointmentEntry Fee at Bekal Fort : 5 INR per adult and 25 INR per camera.
Sheyli Nnayaar
A small town which is situated in the coastline of Arabian Sea derives its name from the word “Beliakulam” which literally means “Big Palace”. According to local residents, a big palace was present in this town after which it was named. An important tourist destination, the city of Bekal has a number of attractions.I got this wonderful chance to travel around North Kerala during the monsoon, the most pleasant and green time of the year. We happened to visit the Bekal Fort; the largest and the most preserved fort in Kerala. The Fort comes under the Archeological survey of India, the body that takes care of the preservation and maintenance of the Fort.
Natasha George
After a little stroll around my uncle's farm, we got ready to move to Bakel Fort. *Some facts about Bekal Fort*Bekal Fort, is the largest fort in Kerala, situated at Bakel village in Kasargod district. The Fort appears to have been built up from the sea since almost three fourths of its exterior 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. Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar.The beach near this fort is less crowded as compared to the ones you would see in Kochi or Kovalam. It is the kind you would love to get lost in deep thoughts about life or the whole world in general.
Muktadhara Ray
History : Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore constructed the Bekal Fort in 1650AD. During the Perumal Age Bekal was a part of Mahodayapuram. The Kodavalam inscription (Pullur, 7 km from Kanhangad) of Bhasakara Ravi II (the King of Mahodayapuram) illustrate the undisputed political sway of Mahodayapuram over this region. Following the political decline of Mahodayapuram Perumals by the 12th century AD, North Kerala including Bekal, came under the sovereignty of Mushika or Kolathiri or Chirakkal Royal Family (who were a secondary royal family at that point to the Cheras, Pandyas and Cholas).[1] The maritime importance of Bekal increased much under the Kolathiris and it became an important port town of Tulunadu and Malabar. State : Kerala (Source : Wikipedia)
Muktadhara Ray
Bollywood Connection : Maniratnam shot the song 'Tu Hi re' from the film Bombay here. I watched the song infinite number of times after I decided on the trip. History : It is believed that the Bekal fort might have existed even from early days of the Chirakkal Rajas for the fact that it was common in those days to build a fort for the purpose of defense. Many of the old royal palaces have forts to protect them from the enemies. Decribing the Kolathiri Kingdom in his Kerala History, K.P. Padmanabha Menon writes that the residence allotted to the Thekkelamkur: "The eldest of the male members reigned as sovereign Kolathiri. The next in succession, the heir apparent, was the Thekkelamkur. The residence assigned to him was the Vadakara fort. The third in succession was the Vadakkelamkur in charge of Vekkolath fort. This V (B) ekkolath fort is identified by some scholars as the present Bekal. In his Handbook of South Canara written in 1985, H.A. Stuart remarks that "Several forts were built by the Shivappa Nayak of Bednoor between 1650 and 1670. The two forts of Bekal and Chandragiri were originally under the Kolathiri or Chirakkal Rajas until the time of Shivappa Nayaka's invasion. Perhaps, the Bednore rulers might have rebuilt and improved it." The 'Koteyar'/'Ramakshatriya' community found in Bekal, Panayal and other places in Kasargod were said to have been brought to this land by the Nayaks to strengthen and defend the fort. There was a prolonged struggle between the Kolathiries and Nayaks to recapture and maintain their hold over this area. Following the rise of the Hyder Ali and his conquest of Bekal these prolonged battles came to an end. Thus Bekal fell into the hands of the Mysore kings. The reign of Tipu Sultan in Bekal When Tipu Sultan led the great military expedition to capture Malabar Bekal Fort served as an important military station for his army. The coins and other artifacts unearthed by the archaeological excavation conducted recently at Bekal fort shows the strong presence of the Mysore Sulthans. The Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799 led to the death of Tipu Sulthan and consequently the fort came under the British East India Company. Bekal during the British Raj For the British also Bekal Fort was significant for their military and administrative ventures. During the reign of the Company Bekal became the headquarters of the newly organized Bekal Taluk of South Canara District in Bombay presidency. South Canara became a part of the Madras presidency in 1862 and Bekal Taluk was renamed Kasargod Taluk. Slowly the political and economic magnitude of Bekal and its port declined considerably. With the state reorganization in 1956 Kasargod became part of Kerala. ( Source : KeralaTourism) Present day : I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the Archaeological Survey of India has maintained this place. The area inside the fort is lush green even during summers. A stony path is being constructed outside the fort for the tourists to take a walk around the fort. The entry fee is Rs 5 per person and Rs 25 per camera.
Sagnik Basu
Spreading over forty acres, the fort has massive walls about 12 meters in height built of local laterite stones. The headland on which it is situated runs into the sea with fine bay towards the south. The site was so well selected to give a complete view of the area and also the laterite bedrock was very well utilized to strengthen the fort. It is a large fort, the wall and ramparts on the sea side being strong and interspersed by the bastions with opening for guns. The other interesting discovery was the mint house (Huzur) and a palace complex of the medieval period. Remains of Darbar hall and temple complex were also brought to light during the excavation.
Smruti Rao
Once in Kasargod ,you need to take other bus to reach the fort which will take about 20 mins. After the long and tiring journey, I finally reached the place and this place is beyond BEAUTIFUL. There are many local vendors in front of the fort selling coconut water ,pineapple ,watermelon and faluda. Dont miss the pineapple with honey, It's delicious.To enter the fort, you need to buy a ticket costing about 5 rs( for Indians). The fort is spread over forty acres and is well maintained by archeological survey of India. If your idea of fort is ruins, writing across the walls and litter all around, you will be surprised. This is one of the cleanest and well maintained fort in India.In fact a part of the fort is converted into Garden.Some important features of the fort are the water tank with its flight of steps. A tunnel in the fort which opens towards the south and the broad wide steps leading to the bastions.The bastions rise to a great height and offers clear views of nearby places like Pallikare, Kanhagad, Kottikulam, Uduma and others. The fort was built solely for defence purposes, unlike other Indian forts which also had the residence of the royalty. Holes in the walls and on the bastions helped keep the enemy at bay.There is a flight of steps leading to the bastion on the extreme right of the fort. We climbed down the gaps in the rocks to reach Bekal beach.
Fatema Diwan
This one's a little far off, but worth a visit. Spreading over 40 acres, it is the largest Fort in Kerala. This fort was not an administrative center as many other forts in India, but was highly equipped with the best designs and technology. It's one of the rare forts that has an observatory, which was used to track enemy movements. Today, it is used to get a nice view of the nearby villages. The fort is around 300 years old and is situated in the backdrop of the Arabian sea. It was built by Tipu Sultan as a defense strategy and is today converted into a tourism spot by the government. It is pretty scenic with many Bollywood songs being shot there.