Bekal is a little town in Kasargod district on the west coast of Kerala. This town is just 64 km to Mangalore and is on the border of Karnataka and Kerala. Beach, fort, food, culture – Bekal is enriched with many of the elements any travel enthusiast will feel good about.
I am going to share a few places in Bekal, that you must visit when you are there.
The fort appears like a wheel with a keyhole within the center. It takes some hours to travel around this fort. The architecture is interesting and spans across a large 40 acres.
It is situated by the ocean, and therefore the sight of the waves crashing on the last point isn’t to be missed. in-built 1650 AD, it’s the largest fort in Kerala.
Many families and tourists come to spend time at this fort. But because of the massive area of the fort, you’ll always find your little corners here. Do go up to the viewpoints to induce an incredible view of the ocean or the town
Bekal Beach: For a Dramatic Sunset
Bekal Beach is a well-maintained spot and is devoid of littering and plastic. While I went there without much expectation, ended up spending a beautiful sunset there.
For photography enthusiasts, capturing human actions on the beach against the sunset light could be very fulfilling.
There are benches to sit with a few guards ensuring cleanliness. You can walk on the beach and observe what’s happening around.
This place was such a pleasant surprise. Not known to many people, I took an auto to get there. It was 20 km away, but you can get many places on the way, including some fabulous temples, beaches, biriyani places. This is an estuary where the Tejaswini River meets the Arabian Sea.I got there in the afternoon. I was lucky to see a group of fishermen coming there, as it was the fishing time. The waves crashing on one side, the sun setting over the sea.
The path to get to the endpoint is full of stones. So please be careful while walking. It started raining, but that only added to the drama of this place.
Bekal was one of those places, where you go in without much expectation, but come back with fond memories
How to Reach Bekal Kerala –
1. An easy way to get there is to take a train to Kasargod, and then take an auto to stay at one of the many home-stays in Bekal. Alternatively, one can take a car from Mangalore. Do not get off at Bekal station, as there is no platform, and you have to jump with your luggage
2. The best way to get around in Bekal is to hire an auto. The autos are covered here to protect you from the rains. The home-stay or hotel owners will help you with the right price.