Bekal, located towards far north of Kerala on the seashore of Pallikkara village in Kasaragod is a lesser known white-sand beach. Its unexploited landscape with transparent azure waters of Arabian Sea would certainly take you to a world of peaceful bliss. Being close to a beach, September to March is the best season to visit this place.
Uniqueness of Bekal
The largest fort of Kerala, Bekal Fort extending over 40 acres of land is one of the most mesmerizing places. As the gushing waves hit the laterite-brick fort in the shape of a huge key-hole and the cold breeze brushes your face, it speaks volumes of the heritage that lies inside the fort. The fort was built between the years 1645 and 1660 and it is astounding to see how magnificently it has stood through the challenges put by the sea waves. The Bekal beach fort with swaying palm trees is a treat to the eyes during evenings when it gets beautifully illuminated.
For anyone who is seeking relaxation, the surreal Kappil Beach spreading over 25 acres land with dense casuarinas groves and silvery sands is a must visit. It is around 6 kilometers away from Bekal Fort. From the Kodi cliff here, you can have an amazing view of the Arabian Sea.
You can even opt for an enjoyable houseboat stay with your family at Bekal Boat Stay, 22 kilometers from Bekal. It is a great idea for couples too who are planning a honeymoon trip. These cruises are mainly around the scenic Valiyaparamba Backwaters, a leading fishing centre of Kerala.
Mallikarjuna Temple is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva and your visit to Bekal would be incomplete if you do not visit this place. The unique architecture of Kerala is reflected in the fantastic Malik Deenar Mosque at Thalankara in Kasaragod district.
15 kilometers from Bekal, there is the Hosdurg Fort, also known as Kanhangad Fort. You must visit this fort for the peaceful ambiance of Nityanandasram. The 12 centuries old temple of Lord Vishnu known as Ananthapura Temple in middle of a lake at about 30 kms from Bekal is worth visiting too.
How to reach Bekal
At 67 kilometers Mangalore is the nearest domestic airport. Kasaragod and Kanhangad are the nearest railhead around 14 and 16 kilometers from Bekal respectively. Frequent buses are available to reach Bekal from those towns. Bekal is 357 Kms from Kochi and 380 kms from Bangalore with great road connectivity.
Where to Stay
Many resorts and hotels are available between Kanhangad and Kasaragod along with some great beach resorts. They offer a decent and comfortable stay for the tourists. Houseboat is of course an option. Have your bookings done beforehand so that you do not have to face any hassles for accommodation. For more information on stay options click here.
During the months of March and April, Palakunnu Bharani and Nileswar Poorakali festivals are celebrated over here. If you wish to have a glimpse of traditional art performances of Kerala and grand processions with sparkling fireworks, plan a trip to Bekal in those days after confirming the dates with the tourism department.
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