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Kerala Sights

Bekal Fort

  • NH–17 Map It
  • Bekal
  • Military Site

Updated 10/13/2014

Fodor's Review

The drive north from Kannur to Bekal, in the Kasargode district, is a dreamy trip through sleepy towns with nothing but coconut and rice fields in between. The largest fort in Kerala, Bekal Fort, built by Shivappa Nayaka, a king belonging to a medievel Karnataka dynasty, covers more than over 40 seafront acres. The 300-year-old structure, that was once an important fort for Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan till it came under the East India Company, rises from a green lawn, and looks out over the Arabian Sea in one direction and distant coconut groves in the other. You can easily spend a peaceful hour or two clambering around the ruins. The loudest noise you'll hear is the crashing of the waves against the ramparts. A massive resort development project is planned in the area, however, with grandiose plans to one day turn Bekal into a top Asian tourist destination. The closest airport is Mangalore which is 60 km (37 miles) away. Otherwise Kasargod is the closest town

Sight Information

Address:

NH–17, 72 km (45 miles) north of Kannur, Bekal, Kerala, India

Map It

Phone:

471-232-1132

Sight Details:

  • Rs. 40
  • Daily 8–6

Updated 10/13/2014

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