Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort happens to be the largest and best-preserved monuments in Kerala spreading over forty acres. Bekkal Fort located in Kasarkode 16 km south of National Highway. It is believed to have been constructed under the aegis of Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. Another belief is that the Bekal Fort of Kerala was originally constructed by the Kolathiri Rajas and later annexed by Sivappa Naik. The fort was first conquered by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1763 and then the Huzur of Canara took over it, during Tipu Sultan's reign. Bekal Fort also came under the occupation of British, during their rule over India.

Bekal fort is reached through a zigzag entrance, which was deliberately designed to serve as a protection against the enemies. The fort also has a sea bastion, a number of underground tunnels and an observation tower, which give it a magnificent look. The heart of the Bekal fort houses the observation tower, which is reached through a broad and wide flight of stairs. From there one has ample view of all the important places in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikulam Uduma etc. The tower has a circumference of approximately 80 feet at the base. It rises to a height of 30 feet and provides a magnificent view of the sea on three sides, along with the green landscape situated to the east of the fort. The storeroom inside the Bekal Fort is used to store weapons and ammunition. It is under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is closed to the general public. To the west of the fort is a sea bastion, located on the rocky projection, offering a magnificent view of the sea as well as the beach. Bekal Fort is managed as well as controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Bekal is also one among the five centers that have been selected by the Government of India to be developed into a 'Special Tourism Area'.