Bekal – A Site Of Attractions

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The Northern most part of Kerala, the Kasaragod district, is a site of attraction among the tourists. The land conspicuous for gods, historic structures, backwaters, sun-kissed beaches, palm groves, adventure activities, rivers and nature’s haunt is one of the hunted locations of God’s Own Country. Located on the beautiful seashore of Pallikara village, the small town is a wonder with a huge keyhole shaped fort on the sandy beach overlooking the expanses of the blue ocean – a sight to behold. One can see themesmerising Arabian Sea and huge ships anchoring from the tall observation tower of the fort, the view is simply mind blowing.

The village town is situated 12 km from the Kasargod district. The seashore of Bekal is the destination where history sleeps amidst the roaring sea and unending waves which kisses the lonely poised fort, an eminent structure of the bygone era.  One of the salient and best preserved structures of Kerala, the Bekal Fort is of immense interest to archaeologists and historians, the only one of its kind in the place which stretches to the beautiful sea with a perfect bay to its south. The Bekal Fort beach is visited by droves of tourists, nature buffs to cherish the view of the sea and mesmerise in the nature’s delight.

 

The place is believed to be the seat of a big palace of the past century and hence the name Baliakulam (means Big Palace), which later got transformed as Bekal. The Fort was constructed for the protection of the empires, which was usual in ancient times. The 300 years old 130 ft tall historic battlement adds to the excavation site list. The destination has tall observation tower on the hill-top, built by IkkeriSivappuNayak of Bednone during 1502 A.D. The structure as a source of attraction remains as a silent witness of the age-old dynasty and the glorious events of the past. The destination is endowed with all its scenic riches and an exquisite hideout for couples, family and friends.  The 35 acre land adorned with charms of nature, rolling rocky terrains, vast verdant green and unending sea calls for a pleasurable hideaway. Strolling along the beach or the walkway of the mysterious fort pampered by the cool breeze and musical notes of the waves, one feels like moving to the past.

The fort which stood as the hideout of many rulers is asouvenir of God’s Own Country and now under the Archaeological Department of Government of India. The zigzag trails and trenches encircling the fort depict the earlier defence strategy during unfavourable times. The other notable features of the fort are the flight of stairs of the tank, underground tunnel, holes on the top of the fort, arsenal for weapons and wide steps which leads to the observation tower. Centuries ago, the tower held the most strategic ground to check even the slightest movement of enemies, an eyeball for the protection of the fort. The destination flaunts in ethereal excellence, which is to be experienced and cherished.

The site is home to an ancient mosque, believed to be constructed by Tipu Sultan, and the Hanuman Temple, a sign of communal harmony which prevailed during yesteryears.

Added attractions of the destination includes, the two significant sculptures of Theyyam (ritual forms of Kerala), using laterite and a beautiful shed with walls decorated of mural art done by renowned artists from Nilambur. Walkway is indeed a fascination to explore the land enjoying the panoramic glimpses. There is Traveller’s Bungalow within the fort for visitors to relax and delight in the natural scenery. At the parking locale is a rocky garden, created with laterite rocks of varying shapes and sizes. Greenery is never skipped during beautification of a land; trees have been planted along the shore. Also a children’s park is built in the area for kids to roam around and have beach fun. The ecstatic charm of the setting sun in the wild beauty of the bastion, offers a spectacular presence. The visitors can spend more hours on the beach even after sunset, as the area gets illuminated, makes it a lively destination.

This article is authored by Ajith Thomas who is one of the authors of the blog Home of Ayurveda, you can find him at Google+

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