Bekal Fort is easily the most prominent attraction of Kasaragod. Located only 10km from the town, this is one of the largest forts in Kerala. The top of the fort is easily accessible and the views of the sprawling Arabian Sea are so spectacular that you just want to pause right here. A 300-year-old key-hole shaped structure, built with a defence strategy in mind, Bekal Fort today serves as a destination frequented by locals and tourists alike. For those looking to recreate some Bollywood moments, Bekal Fort was also the place where the famous song Tu Hi Re, starring Manisha Koirala, was shot!Entrance fees: ₹15 per personTimings: 8am to 5.30pm
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.
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..