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Bekkal

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.

Nearby travel

  • Valiyaparamba
  • Ranipuram

How to reach there

  • Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, on the Kozhikode- Mangalore- Mumbai route.
  • Nearest airport: Mangalore about 50 km from Kasaragod town; Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 200 km from Kasaragod town.

  • Nearest bus station:  Kanhangad and Kasargod, both are about 12 km away.

Best time to visit

October to February

Travel tips

  • BRDC has developed about 7000 sq. m land for parking different types of vehicles.

  • There is a beautiful walk way for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastal line and to enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort.
 
  • The beach is illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists can more spend time at the beach even after the sunset.
  • A multi shed provides the tourist enough facility to take rest and enjoy the sea breeze. By using locally available materials, seating arrangements has been provided for the tourists at the beach.
Toilets have been provided for the use of tourists and ecofriendly bamboo waste bins has been provided in the entire beach site for keeping the site clean.
  • Chandragiri is only a few minutes drive from Kasaragod town.

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