BEKAL- the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beaches -
Kasaragod, the Northern most district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful expanse of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort is known as Bekal Fort Beach.
Bekal is situated 16 kms south of Kasarkode town on the National Highway, located on the shoreline of Pallikkara village of Kasaragod is a region of remarkable splendor. The vast natural landscapes, beaches, tribal population and its folk arts and music compose a heaven out of this place that allures tourists from all over the world.
For the British, Bekal Fort was significant for their military and administrative ventures. During the reign of the Bitish East India Company, Bekal became the headquarters of the newly organized Bekal Taluk of South Canara District in Bombay presidency. South Canara became a part of the Madras presidency in 1862 and Bekal Taluk was renamed Kasargod Taluk. Slowly the political and economic magnitude of Bekal and its port declined considerably. With the state reorganization in 1956 Kasargod became part of Kerala.
Today, the Bekal fort and its surroundings are fast becoming an international tourist destination and a favourite shooting locale for film and ad makers.