Bekal Tourism

Bekal Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Kasargod
Situated on the shore of the Pallikara village, Bekal is small town on the eastern seashore of Kerala. Located 16 km away from the Kasargod Town, Bekal is an important town of Kasargod district. During the Perumal age, the town was a part of Mahodayapuram. After the decline of Mahodayapuram Perumals by the 12th century, North Kerala including Bekal came under the administrative control of Kolathunadu. During the reign of Kolathiries, Bekal flourished as an important port town of Thulunadu.

In 1565, the Battle of Thalikkottai resulted in the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire. Several feudatory chieftains including the Keladi Nayakas became politically strong after the end of Vijayanagara Empire. Soon, the Nayakas realised the political and economic importance of the region and conquered it. During this time, Bekal served as a centre in establishing the domination of Nayakas in Malabar.

According to a local Kannada writer, Bekal Rama Nayak, Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam, which means Big Palace.  In ancient time, every palace was protected by a fort and hence Bekal fort was also constructed. In 1763, this fort was captured by Hyder Ali, who passed it to Tipu Sultan. Later in 1799, Bekal came under the administrative control of English East India Company. During this time, Bekal became the headquarters of the Bekal Taluk of South Canara District, which was administered by Bombay Presidency.

In 1862, South Canara became a part of the Madras Presidency and Bekal Taluk was replaced by Kasargod Taluk. The oldest ritualistic temple art form of India, Theyyam, is predominant in the region. Every year from October through May, grand display of this ritual art is held at several places in the region. Kalaripayattu, the martial art form and Yakshagana, a musical theatre, are also an integral part of the culture of Bekal.

Major attraction in the town is Bekal Fort, which is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. Underneath the Bekal Fort is the Bekal Beach, which is characterised by golden sand and palm trees. Furthermore, Valiyaparamba, which is around 19 km away from the destination, is famous as the beautiful stretch of backwater in Kerala.

The airport nearest to Bekal is Mangalore International Airport, which is located around 50 km away from the town. Kasargod and Kanhangad are the nearest railheads that can be used for reaching the destination by train. The town is also connected to Kasargod and Kanhangad by regular bus service operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Best time to visit Bekal is from October through March, when weather is favourable for outing and sightseeing.      

Bekal is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kasargod and Mangalore.

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Saffin Mathew

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"Truly pristine virgin beach"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2017
Baikal is one of those pristine beaches left in india. This is a truly virgin beach without the large influx of masses. You can enjoy the sunset in peace. You have the beach all to yourself. You will find kids playing soccer on the beach, this is exactly how beaches should be. Enjoy in the lap of nature at Baikal.
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Gita Hari

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"The Virgin Land of Bekal"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2015
Bekal in North Kerala is an yet-to-be-explored place with winding rivers and scenic views. Bekal Fort offers a view of Bekal, Kottikulam and Uduma. Don't miss the tunnel-like passage at Bekal Fort. This is where a song sequence in the Hindi film Bombay was shot. You can also view the pristine beach from here.

The beach promenade of Vivanta by Taj Bekal where we stayed is flanked by Kappil river and the ocean making it a veritable paradise to just sit and ponder at nature. The rooms here are inspired by Kettuvellom (houseboats) architecture and each villa houses a private swimming pool, al fresco bath tub and a swing bed adds to the luxury.
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Libzath Libzz

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"Awesome Destination!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2015
Best place in the Kasaragod. The fort is covered with Arabian sea. Kerala is the place of gods own country. The Bekal fort avails many resort stay for tourist. Bekal fort is situated at north Kerala. Nearest airport is Mangalore airport distance of 50km from.
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Anoop M

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"The fort here is the main attraction"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2015
The Bekal fort is situated in Kasaragod District and 67 KM from Mangalore. The fort is the main attraction in kasaragod Dist. Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore constructed the Bekal Fort in 1650 AD. Bekal served as an main military resort of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar.
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"Perfect for long drive"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 4, 2015
Overall experience was good and everyone can enjoy the long drive towards Bekal. There are lot of scenic place to visit on way and can spend long weekend with this trip. We have lot of places surrounding Bekal and can visit. Stay feels much relaxed and food is ok through out the journey.
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Rahul Pradeep

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"Place had lot of historical significance"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2014
Bekal is a small town on the way to Kasaragod. It belongs to the Kasaragod district what makes Bekal famous is the Bekal Fort that has historical significance. At the same time the gardens and the ambience there is a place for much of the wedding shootings and hangouts. It still remains with the same pride as a historical monument though many steps have been taken against demolishing the same.
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Shahid Rizwan

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"A weekend experience."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 10, 2014
An awesome place to spend your weekend. There a lots of things to see in Bekal especially the Bekal fort. During the evening, there are lots of people rushing towards the beach as it provides a wonderful scenery at this time. It is a place for relaxing your mind from the rush and stress. I suggest this place for those who are nutty about the scenery.
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Safaa Ksd

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"Bikal, an attractive place for tourists"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
In bekal there are many wonderful things available. Very attractive places like bekal fort is situated there. Beaches and resorts are available which are nice and very attractful. Many tourist visit this place because there are good facilities provided.
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"Breathtaking beaches and adventurous forest"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
I was taken away by the breathtaking beaches at Bekal. The main ones include Koppal, Kappil and Bekal.The Ananthpuram temple and Trikannad temple was another experience to look forward. The Coorg forest was an adventurous too. Also the beaches were clean and cool.
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Rakesh Vyas

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"Fort near the sea"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2014
Nice place to visit. Located on the beach and one can get a panaromic view of the surrounding beaches.
Bekal fort is a short and sweet gateway from Mangalore, Scenic location, historic background, beautiful beach and tasty food (those who interested a pint of Toddy as well). Everything of this is offered by Bekal. Take a train from Mangalore and you reach bekal in 40 mins, visit the fort, take a dip in the sea, eat anywhere, drink toddy and go back home. Perfect for a bunch of friends. Just be careful of scorching heat & heavy monsoon otherwise its a nice place.
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