Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The imposing circular 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 by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC).
Beautification of the site includes installation of two sculptures of Theyyam created using laterite at the beach and a shed with walls adorning murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various size have been utilised. Under the social forestry scheme trees have been planted in the beach area. A park has been developed for children below 14 years at Bekal. Situated on the banks of the Chandragiri River and 10 kms away from Bekal, Chandragiri is known for its large 17th century fort. This fort offers a breathtaking view of the river and the Arabian Sea. It is also a vantage point to watch the sunset. The ancient Kizhur temple nearby celebrates a grand annual festival called 'Pattutsavam'. The Chandragiri Boat Club, run by the BRDC, conducts boat trips to nearby islands and palm groves on the river.
Green and beautiful, Chithari is still a virgin destination. This island, which is effaced by the historic Bekal Fort and beach, is accessible only by boat. A part of the Bekal Tourism Project, this backwater area has all it takes to become a mega tourist destination.