Beckal is located 18 km from Kasaragod in the northern most part of Kerala. Commonly identified as the land of Gods this place looks more like a fairy land.
The 300 year old Bekal Fort built in 1650AD by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore. This fort was also used by Tipu Sultan and his troops, as one of the most important military base to capture Malabar.
Bekal is known as the land of Gods and it nearly looks like a magical land. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, historical forts and rivers, it is considered one of the best places to visit in Kerala. We can see the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east and this view is simply breath taking.
The 300 year old Bekal Fort mainly dominates this region as it marks some of the most remarkable events in Indian History. The greenery and the exotic wildlife add to the beauty of the place.
This place not only brings you close to nature but it takes you back to the age of empire. The little stories, myths and history associated with this place gives you a feeling of being in a magical world altogether.
Things to do in Bekal
Check out the different art and craft forms while at Bekal town which will leave you thrilled and excited.
For instance art forms like Theyyam, Oppana , Mappilappattu, Duffmuttu, Yakshaganam are the oldest forms of classical dances.
Some of the local handicrafts that one must take home as a souvenir include the following:
- Kasaragod pottery
- Thalankara caps
- Bell metal craft
- The famous Kasargod sarees
- Plates and caps made of Arecaunut leaves
- Leaf mats
- Coconut leaf raincoats (Kuramba)
- Coconut shell articles include showpieces, cups, serving dishes, jewellery, hair clips, miniatures, etc.
- Wooden works
- Theyyam sculpture.
Some of the must visit tourist spots in Bekal are the beaches, the famous forts, the backwaters, the alluring temples and the beautiful hill stations, etc.
- Forts: The Bekal fort, Kanhangad or Hosdurg fort & the Chandragiri fort.
- Beaches: Bekal fort beach, Kanwatheertha beach, Kappil beach & Pandiyan Kallu beach.
- Backwaters: Valiyaparamba, Bekal Aqua Park & Chandragiri cruises.
- Famous Temples: Anandasram temple, Ananthapuram Lake temple, Manjeswaram temple, Madiyankulam Durga Temple, Sree Mahalingeswara temple, Cheruvathur temple, Madhur temple, Tulur Vanam temple, Nileswaram temple, Malik Deenar Mosque & Edneer Mutt.
- Hill Stations nearby: Kottancherry, Ranipuram & Possadigumpe.
What to see in Bekal Fort
At the Bekal fort besides sightseeing the 300 year old fort, some of the other places you must visit are the great Anjaneya Hanuman temple, the very old mosque built by Tipu Sultan, the Observation tower, the Sea Bastion & the Underground passages leading to the different parts of the great fort and the Seaside Pathway that connects to various beaches in that area.
Best time to visit
Although Bekal is flocked by keen tourists all year round, however, the best season to visit this place is during winters, as this is when the weather is cool and pleasant to do all the walking needed.