Bekal Fort, Kasaragod: How to reach, what to do and popular beaches nearby

Bekal Fort near Kasaragod is one of the most historic places to visit in Kerala. It is smeared with history and is noted for its Observation Tower. It is a popular tourist attraction and has been drawing visitors since 1992 when its gates were opened for tourism. The Bollywood flick ‘Bombay’ was shot here and it further accentuated the reputation of the fort as a must-see attraction.

How to reach Bekal Fort: Bekal Fort is snuggled in Kasaragod with barely 35 km separating it from the main town. It can be easily reached through any private vehicle from the city. The railway station which is nearest to the fort is the Kasaragod station while the nearby airports would be at Mangalore (50 km) and at the Karipur International Airport (200 km).

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Things to do at Bekal Fort: Bekal Fort lies in the lap of nature and is the neighbor of some fabulous water bodies. The beach is located in the vicinity where one can get into a number of adventure sports. The fort itself is humongous and is sprawled over an area of 40 acres. It will take you a lot of time to explore the various facets of this attraction.

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One of the USPs of the fort is its water-tank luring you with a flight of steps. It is a sheer delight to walk over it. Then there is the Observation Tower. It was perhaps used in the past to keep an eye on the movement of the enemies. Now, it serves as an excellent viewpoint for feeding your eyes on the beauty of the nearby towns and hamlets.

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Beaches near Bekal Fort: Bekal Fort is clubbed under the most picturesque places to visit in Kerala not just for its history but also for its stupendous set of beaches. There are quite a few beaches within a range of a few kms. Here is a quick check:

  1. Bekal Fort Beach: It is the beach which is situated just beside the mammoth fort at a mere distance of 1 km. Thus, the imposing sight of the towering fort can be easily viewed from its shores. Even though the water is not very deep in this region, there are many amenities for unwinding and entertainment.
  2. Kappil Beach: It is one of the quietest beaches you will ever come across. Its solitude is its high point. However, with growing popularity, its tourist count is shooting up and is stripping it of some of its seclusion. It is situated at a distance of 6 km from the fort. It is very picturesque and has an embalming presence of tall palm trees on the shores.
  3. Kanwatheertha Beach: It is located at a distance of 3 km from Manjeswaram. It is slightly far from the Bekal Fort but can be visited while touring the area. Its central attraction is the pool-like structure which the ocean has conjured on the shore. It is really breathtaking and an enigma of nature.
  4. Pandiyan Kallu: It is a rocky area which is ideal for swimming. There are legendary tales associated with the place which makes it an interesting tourist corner.

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5 off-the-beaten-track Places in Kerala

Kerala as we know is God’s own country. These are a few unfathomed places to visit in Kerala. Set off now and discover yourself!

Silent Valley National Park – Is located in the Nilgiri hills, Palakkad and is a part of the tropical evergreen forests in India. This region is considered as the least explored place of the Western Ghats. Bestowed with a diverse nature of flora and fauna with water rivers flowing through the grasslands is totally a wondrous sight to see.

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Ponmudi – Is located in Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of Kerala. This hill station is commonly called as the Golden Peak which is 1110m altitude above sea level. Dense tropical forests and sloppy hills makes this place an absolute grandeur.

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Nelliampathi – Nested admist the Western Ghat section is Nelliampathi. About 60 km away from Palakkad, Kerala. Commonly known as the “Poor man’s Ooty” as it is surrounded by plantations of Tea and coffee and also resembles to Ooty in the weather conditions. The journey to this place is like a tour in a dreamland.

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Idukki Dam –  This dam stands tall on the Periyar river waters. It is constructed between two hills in Kerala. It is Asia’s tallest and highest arch dam and it supports a hydroelectric power station. Catch the captivating sight of this dam from far, as public interference in these premises is not always entertained.

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Vazhachal Falls – Gushing waters from the rivers of Chalakkudy, located in the district of Thrissur in Kerala. Lies 90 km away from the city if Cochin. This is one splendid waterfalls which is less visited and the view is picturesque.

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