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Bekal Fort




          Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala, situated at Kasaragod district, North Kerala. spreading over 40 acres (160,000 m2). Some important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad steps leading to the Observation Tower, which is a rarity.






          From there one has an ample view of towns in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikkara, Bekal, Kottikkulam, Uduma etc. The nearest railway stations are Pallikare, Kotikulam, Kanhangad,and Kasargod. This observation center had strategic significance in discovering even the smallest movements of the enemy and ensuring the safety of the Fort.


          The Fort appears to have been built up from the sea since almost three fourths of its exterior is drenched and the waves continually stroke the citadel. The Mukhyaprana Temple of Hanuman and the ancient Muslim mosque nearby bear testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy inherent in the fort.


 

          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 known as Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an exotic beach location


 

          Beautification: Beautification of the site includes installation of two sculptures of Theyyam created using laterite on the beach and a shed the walls of which are adorned with murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various sizes have been utilised. Under the social forestry scheme, trees have been planted in the beach area.



     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Mangalore International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(73 km, 1 hours 41 mins )


   Directions :






1. Head towards Airport Rd west on Unknown road
           230 m

2. Take the 1st left
           2.0 km

3. Slight left toward Bajpe Rd
           550 m

4. Turn left onto Bajpe Rd
           4.5 km

5. Continue onto Kavoor Rd
           1.9 km

6. Slight left onto Bondel Rd Pass by Syndicate Bank (on the left in 2.7 km)
           3.0 km

7. Turn left toward Edapally Panvel Hwy
           750 m

8. Slight left onto Edapally Panvel Hwy Go through 2 roundabouts Pass by Psychiatry Ward (on the right in 2.5 km)
           48.7 km

9. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Edapally Panvel Hwy/Kasaragod - Kanhangad Rd/MG Rd Continue to follow Kasaragod - Kanhangad Rd/MG Rd Pass by Bank of India (on the left)
           400 m

10. Turn left at HP (CTM & Bros) onto Edapally Panvel Hwy/Kasaragod - Kanhangad Rd Continue to follow Kasaragod - Kanhangad Rd Pass by State bank of India (on the right in 10.6 km)
           11.0 km

11.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Kasargode Railway Station

 Road :

 From Kasargode Railway Station to spot(12.9 km, 20 mins )


   Directions :





1. Head towards Railway Station Road east on Unknown road
           42 m

2. Turn left onto Railway Station Road Pass by Masjidul Hasanathul Jariya (on the left in 900 m)
           950 m

3. Turn right at Traffic Jct onto MG Rd Pass by Bharat Petroleum (on the left)
           850 m

4. Turn right at Old Press Club Jct onto Edapally Panvel Hwy/Kasaragod - Kanhangad Rd Continue to follow Kasaragod - Kanhangad Rd Pass by State bank of India (on the right in 10.6 km)
           11.0 km

5.Spot



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