Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort is one of the biggest forts in kerala, spreading over forty acres.Bekal Fort lies 16 Kms south of Kasaragod on the national highway at the northern tip of the state.This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650's by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty The features of the Bekal Fort in Kerala are the underground tunnels, the observation towers, the sea bastion, the meandering entrance, the strategic openings on the walls etc. There is also a mosque built by Tipu Sultan just outside the Bekal Fort. The other important features of this fort are the tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower.There is a sea side pathway with a magnificent view of the fort to the east and the sea to the west linking the beaches north and south of the battlement.

The Pallikere beach with its shallow waters is just a km. away from the fort.

  • Parking facilities: BRDC has developed about 7000 sq. m land for parking different types of vehicles.
  • Walk way: A beautiful walk way for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastal line and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort.
  • Illuminating the beach: The beach has been illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists can more spend time at the beach even after the sun set.
  • Resting facilities: Multi shed and Eru madam would provide 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: Toilets have been provided for the use of tourists and eco-friendly bamboo waste bins has been provided in the entire beach site for keeping the site clean.
  • Childrens park: A park has been developed here for children below 14 years.
  • In order to maintain the developed site a nominal charge of rupee one from each visitor would be collected as entry fees and a similar nominal vehicle parking fees would be collected.
  • BRDC also aims to develop in future another 11 acres of land at the beach for constructing water park, theme park etc.

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