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Kerala Sights

Bekal Fort

  • NH–17 Map It
  • Bekal
  • Military Site

Updated 10/13/2014

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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


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

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Sight Details:

  • Rs. 40
  • Daily 8–6

Updated 10/13/2014


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