Adorned with a golden beach and an ancient fort, Bekal calls out loud to eco-tourists. Located in the Kasargod district of Kerala, this small town can be easily accessed through the SH-17. The Kottikulam Railway Station is quite close as well, and connects Bekal with the railway network in Kerala. Tall Casuarina trees gently sway over the Bekal Beach; a popular landmark in the area. This unspoilt beach provides stunning views of the sunset, and lies right in front of Bekal Fort. Shaped like a giant keyhole, Bekal Fort provides astounding views of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers. Valiyaparamba, located about 30 km from Bekal, is a small island known for its pristine backwaters.
Major Attractions :
● Bekal Fort - Known to be the largest of its kind in Kerala, Bekal Fort was built in the 17th century by Shivappa Nayaka. Built purely for the purpose of defense, the fort has been declared to be a special tourism area, by the Government of India. At the centre of the Bekal Fort is an observation tower built by Tipu Sultan. Film shootings are not uncommon in the fort, as many dance and action sequences have been filmed here.
● Bekal Beach - This clean stretch of coast offers magnificent views of the Arabian Sea, and is close to a fishing village.
● Valiyaparamba - About an hour’s drive from Bekal, the island of Valiyaparamba is a famous tourist spot in the district of Kasargod. This village is considered to have one of the most scenic backwater stretches in north Kerala.
When To Visit :
The winter months are the best for tourism in Bekal. The temperature between the months of October and February is mostly pleasant during daytime, and cool during the nights. The summer in Bekal starts in March and ends in May. Most tourists prefer to sightsee around this time, as the skies are clear.