Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort is widening over 40 acres (160,000 m2). Some main features of this fort are the water-tank with its voyage of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping missiles and the large and extensive steps foremost to the surveillance overlook which is a scarcity. From there one has plenty view of towns in the neighborhood like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikkulam, Uduma etc. The nearest railway stations are Pallikare, Kotikulam, Kanhangad,and Kasargod.

Kasaragod, an attractive town on the edge at the northern extreme of Kerala State, a territory where olden times meshes with mythology and tradition, enhanced recognized to the world outside for its Bekal Fort on the edge on a small hill. From time immemorial Kasaragod has been well-known for its variety in civilization, history and language. The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the biggest and most excellent preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful area of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort known as Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an alien beach site by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC).

Unlike most other Indian Forts, Bekal fort was not a center of administration for no leftovers of any palace, house or such buildings are found within the fort. Perhaps the fort was build completely for satisfying security necessities. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are particularly planned to protect the fort efficiently. The holes at top were destined for aiming at the utmost points; the holes below for arresting when the enemy was nearer and the holes under facilitated attacking when the enemy was very near to the fort. This is a outstanding proof of skill in defense strategy.

Bekal Fort faces the Arabian Sea. It stands on a promontory between two long classically beautiful palm fringed beaches. The main tourist attraction nearby the fort is Centuries old fort and pristine backwaters. Bekal Fort was built by Sivappa Naik of Ikkeri dynasty in 1650 AD.

 

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