Bekal Tourism, Kerala

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About Bekal - Kerala Tourism

Bekal, a small town in Kasargod district, is India's first planned beach destination that is being extensively developed by Kerala tourism in partnership with private players. Bekal is a perfect beach retreat for travelers that provide a pleasant and pristine environment with its beautiful palm fringed sandy beaches.

The natural beauty of the Kasargod district is quite mesmerizing with its beautiful beaches, balmy backwaters, and hill stations. Bekal is being developed as a well-planned travel destination with all kind of facilities including best resorts, restaurants, water sports activities, and rejuvenation spa and ayurvedic massage centers.

One of the main tourist attractions here is the 300 year old key-hole shaped Bekal Fort that dominates the city landscape. This Fort is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala, located right next to the splendid city beach. Kasargod is full of pristine beaches with the main ones being Bekal Fort beach, Kappil Beach (6 km from Fort), and Kanwatheertha beach.

Travellers looking to enjoy a backwater boat cruise can travel to the nearby town of Valiyaparamba, located 30 kms from Bekal. Valiyaparamba has the most beautiful stretches of backwater in Northern Kerala with offerings of boat cruises by multiple vendors. There are also multiple religious attractions here including Bekal Mosque, and Hanuman temple.

Bekal was an important maritime center and port from the earlier times. The Nayak dynasty fortified the city to protect the region from overseas attack. The Chandragiri fort in close vicinity to Bekal was also built during this period. Bekal's control later fell into the hands of Mysore Sultans. The city was considered an important strategic bastion by the forces of Tipu Sultan. After the fall of Tipu Sultan, Bekal was made part of the Bombay residency by East India Company. Kasargod later became part of Kerala state during state reorganization in the year 1956.

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