Beautiful panoromic view of Bekal fort, Kerala.

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Bekal Fort

Northern Kerala

The huge laterite-brick Bekal Fort, built between 1645 and 1660, is the largest in Kerala and sits on Bekal’s rocky headland with fine views. It passed into British hands in 1792, having originally been seized from the Ikkeri Nayaks by Hyder Ali in 1763.

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Nearby Northern Kerala attractions

1. Bekal Beach

0.46 MILES

Overlooked by Bekal's majestic fort, the beachfront encompasses a grassy park and a long, beautiful stretch of gold-tinged sand that gets busy on weekends…

2. Kappil Beach


Isolated Kappil Beach, 6km north of Bekal, is a beautiful, lonely stretch of fine gold-hued sand with calm water, but beware of shifting sandbars…

3. Nileshwar Beach

10.85 MILES

Around 18km southeast of Bekal, Nileshwar's gorgeous beach is a tranquil, palm-bordered expanse of blonde sand that fades into the hazy distance; there…