Bekal fort is a historical monument the name of which is derived from “be – burning” and the other word Kallu which “means stone.” Bekal fort is situated on the seashore of Pallikara village in Northern Kerala. It is an excellent tourist destination with its immaculate natural beauty and ambience.
There is a long stretch of beach with lovely palm trees, and rocky surrounding below the famous Bekal Fort. In 1645 to 1660, the Bekal fort was constructed using laterite brick. The magnificent Mukhyaprana temple at the entrance of the fort, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, was built by Tipu Sultan.
Bekal fort has great importance both historically as well archeologically, and it is one of the largest forts in India. Various empires over centuries controlled Bekal fort including Tipu Sultant, Vijaynaga, and British (East India Company). It is still unclear as to the establishment, though as mentioned in the south Canara, it has been built by Sivappa Nayak of Bedanore, but archeology researchers does not accept this fact.
The location and Nearby Places from Bekal Fort
It is located 14 km south of Kasargod town of Kerala-Karnataka border and 79 km from Kannur district. The nearest airport is Mangalore which is 60 km from Bekal fort. In the close vicinity are Pallikare, Kottikkulam, Uduma, and Kanhangad, etc.
Distant View of Bekal Fort
The walls of the fort are supported by bastion on the sea side. Like other contemporary forts, these have outlets for guns. The main gate of the fort is guarded by bastions and it heads towards east. There is an inner gate as well, which is a traditional approach of ancient architecture for building forts for high security.
The fort is now surrounded with a filled up ditch. The outer walls of the fort are in tolerable state, and inside the fort, you will not find any old buildings. Bekal forts provide breath-taking views of both north and south bays, which places it in a commanding position. There is a PWD rest house near…