Bekal Fort is the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala and it is in Kasarkode district, spreading over 40 acres (160,000 m2). Situated is 16 km south on the National Highway. Bekal Fort is believed to have been built in the 1650’s by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. Later it was transferred to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British. The sea bastions, underground tunnels and the observation tower are impressive. History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort by the sea shore.
Two sculptures of Theyyam created using laterite on the beach and a shed the walls of which are adorned with murals created by artisans from Nilambur. Apart from these a rock garden at the parking area has been developed where laterite boulders of various sizes have been utilized. Under the social forestry scheme, trees have been planted in the beach area.
Illuminated beach: The beach gets illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists can spend more time at the beach even after the sun sets.
Resting facilities: Multi shed and Eru madam (Tree house) would provide the tourists enough facilities to take rest and enjoy the sea breeze. By using locally available materials seating arrangements have been provided for the tourists at the beach.
Toilets: Toilets have been provided for the use of tourists and eco-friendly bamboo waste bins have been provided in the entire beach site for keeping the area clean.
Children’s park: A park has been developed here for children below 14 years.
In order to maintain the developed site a nominal charge of one rupee from each visitor would be collected as entry fees. A similar nominal vehicle parking fees would also be collected. The BRDC also aims to develop in future another 11 acres of land at the beach for constructing water park, theme park etc.
By Air : Mangalore is the nearest airport, located at a distance of just 50 km from Bekal. Karipur International Airport at Calicut is another major airport located nearby.
By Rail : Kasaragod is the nearest railhead located on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route. A number of daily trains on the route stop at Kasaragod, connecting the place with other major cities in the country.
By Road : An excellent network of roads link Kasaragod with other cities in Kerala, Karanataka and Tamil Nadu. State transport buses ply every 30 minutes between Kanjagad and Bekal.