Bekal Fort

 

Bekal Fort - The Largest Fort In Kerala

Bekal fort  Which is the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala is the most important monument of the region. This fort, located on the highway, is believed to have been built in the 1650's by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. Later it was transferred to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British.

The sea bastions, underground tunnels and the observation tower are impressive. An old mosque is situated very near the fort, which is believed to be built by Tipu Sultan. History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort by the sea shore.

This landscape of ethereal quality, its never-ending grasslands and sea views possess all the potential to be developed into a superb tourist destination. The Bekal fort is located on a vast 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.

This imposing structure of laterite rising 130 ft. above sea level has a chequered history of 300 years ,which adds to its interest as an excavation site. Due to its historic relevance, the fort is controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Pallikere Beach  This beautiful expanse of shallow waters and beach offers a spectacular view of the Bekal fort. The public beach has ample space for recreation and relaxation. With international standard facilities to  be developed here, Pallikere will rank among the best beaches in the country.

Bekal Hole Aqua Park  North of the fort, off the highway is a unique 'Aqua Park', the only one of its kind in north Malabar. Here, Pedal boats and water cycles offer along hours of relaxation on the cool stretches of the Bekal Hole backwaters.

Chandragiri Fort  The sight of the meandering Chandragiri river and the Arabian sea from the ramparts of this 17 century fort is an enchanting experience. The sunset, viewed from the fort, is quite enthralling.
A cruise in a speed boat through the Chandragiri river, takes one around evergreen islands amd coconut palmgroves. The boarding point is conveniently located beside the Chandragiri bridge. Located just 30 minutes from the Bekal Fort is the internationally reputed spiritual center near Kanhangad, the Anandasharam. Founded by Swamy Ramdas in 1939, the shrine is set amidst shady trees in the countryside.

Kanhangad-Hosdurg Fort  This is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognized spiritual center.

Ananthapura Lake TempleAnanthapura Lake Temple  Situated at a distance of 30kms from Bekal, it is the only lake temple in Kerala. It is regarded as the 'moolasthanam' (original seat) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.

Kappil BeachKappil Beach The Kappil Beach, remote and secluded is fast becoming a major tourist destination, offering an unmatched experience of wide beaches and calm waters. The Kodi Cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the blue waters of the Arabic Sea.

Ranipuram Valley  Known as KERALA OOTTY, while cool climate make look like Ootty. The forest, hills and valley give us a wonderful experience. It is good destination for Natural observation. It is situated 15 km away from Bekal.

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