So, it was a Saturday and we were completely bored without having any idea of how to make this weekend any better. That's when we decided to go Bekal Fort. If you're from Kerala, you might have heard of it. It was a new place for me too. We were a gang of four boys. Two drivers, one photographer and a navigator, that's what we called ourselves. So, it started late night. We opted car to travel the distance as it was 383 kms altogether and we literally had only a single sunday ahead of us to enjoy. Because monday, everyone had to return to their boring schedules. We left my home by 11.30 pm which was late but it was supposedly fun. Our ETA was 7.30 am according to Google. And it all started well but heavy rains as soon as we touched Palakkad which slowed us down but not for long. For people who don't know much about Kerala highways, i suggest to travel at night. Roads are 100 times more safer and uses up lesser time. The drivers me and another friend of mine (Sridhar) drove in turns and managed to reach the Bekal district by 6.30 am itself. We freshened ourselves up after this whole night travel at the Bekal Fort beach park and rushed to the beautiful beach.
To our surprise we were the only people in the beach park other than the staff. It was a paid beach park with no public there on a Sunday morning. I mean, beaches pull most of their crowds on a weekend morning. Right? But, we had a good time there. It was well built with a big parking lot and few fun games for kids. We did take few pics at the parking lot.
The beach park was a perfect spot for any sort of photoshoots but we looked horrible and were roaming around with drowsy faces. So, these are the only better pics i could share with you guys. Hope you don't mind.
After spending some time on the beach we headed to the fort which was just 5 kms from there. It took barely 10 minutes to reach and we were really excited cause it was our first time there except for one who had already been there.
Trust me, you'd have to walk a lot to reach every corner of the fort. The view is simply amazing from every point and completely worth the effort. And moreover what else would you expect from the largest fort in Kerala without having to walk a lot. It'd take some 2 to 3 hours to have a complete tour of the fort and you will not go home disappointed. There are few stalls inside incase you forget your water bottle which you'd require for sure.
After spending enough time there, we decided to come back via Mysuru. We left for Mysuru by 2 pm which was 234 kms from Bekal. The roads were'nt as bad. We went via Madikeri and the climate was good. We enjoyed the steep hill ride as it wasn't much demanding nor boring. We reached Mysuru by 7 pm and headed straight to our friend's place and freshened up. Then to ease up the night we went to Purple Haze, one of the many happening clubs of Mysuru. It was fun and the ambience was great. After having a good time there, we headed straight to our friend's place and crashed in. We were dying to sleep.
Day 2 started early as it was a Monday morning and we had to hit home early. We left Mysuru by 6 am and it was a mere 190 kms to home. We took the route via Dhimbam, a small hill consisting of 27 hairpin bends. Mysuru mornings are cold.
The roads were quiet. We managed to spot few wild pigs and deers near the Karnataka-Tamilnadu border.
We stopped at the 27th bend at a very old and famous bakery of Hasanur. As everyone knows, Hilly mornings are beautiful and this one was no different.
And now i'm going to tell you about the guy behind these wonderful pictures. He's a photographer by choice and would go to any extent for the perfect shot. If you guys wanna have a look at some more shots of his, feel free to follow his Instagram handle @RajStudioCreations. I'm sure you'd love his work.
So, this is how we spent our weekend. We traveled a total of 885 kms in merely 24 hours and most importantly we enjoyed every minute of it. In case you're thinking of visiting Bekal Fort, go for it. It's worth a visit.