Bekal is on its way to become a new international beach destination. It is the only Special Tourism Area in Kerala singled out for holding immense potential for the development and popularisation of Beach Tourism in the country. Presently, massive works are underway for developing tourist infrastructure such as a water park for children, sheds at random distances, two sculptures with murals, etc.
Bekal Beach is located at the northern edge of Kerala, about 14 km from Kasargode. Vast stretch of silvery sand, the Arabian Sea in front, towering palms on two sides and a dose of history, all these combine to make Bekal an idyllic destination. The Beach is a pleasant beauty especially in the evening when the sun emits golden rays lighting up the sky till it slowly sinks into the sea. Adding to the beauty, it is lit up with bulbs all over also making it safe for visitors desiring to stay on even after dusk. And in the month from March to August, one can practically hear the Sea roar.
The landmark of the Beach is its Fort. This ancient structure spreads over 35 acres of land. It stands proudly on a promontory and it is one of the largest forts in Kerala. The view of the blue Lakshdweep Sea and the beach from the tall observation tower is breathtaking. Also worth checking out are the massive cannons that were used in those yesteryears to attack enemy ships sailing to the Beach. The Fort was erected sometime between 1645 and 1660. Two theories were propounded regarding its builder. One says it was built by Shivappa Naik of Ikkeri dynasty. The other says it was built by Kolathiri rajas and later captured by Shivappa Naik. After this Ikkeri ruler, it was later occupied by Haider Ali of Mysore and Tippu Sultan before it went to the hands of the English East India Company and then to the British.
The other pride of the beach is the mosque of Tipu Sultan. It is a great architectural marvel with intricate designs and embellishments. The Mosque is located just outside the Fort. Another major attraction is Anjaneya Temple. It stands at the entrance of the Fort. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
If you are there, make it a point to visit the sleepy fishermen village of Bekal. You will enjoy the old world-charm ambience of the place. Walk down the winding lanes and you will come across many eager to converse with you. You can learn their culture and lifestyle first-hand by making friendship.
For those intending to stay overnight, there are plenty of lodges and guesthouses near the beach.