Bekal Fort is a golden feature in the crown of Kasargod, the largest fort in Kerala, situated at Bakel village in Kasaragod district siutated in Northern Kerala. It was build in 15th Century for defensive purpose and is the largest fort in Kerala occupying over an area of 40 acres.
The special attraction of this fort is the water-tank with its flight of steps. The fort has a tunnel opening towards the south and a magazine for keeping ammunition with broad steps leading to the Observation Tower.It stands out to be the best tourist attraction with its architectural beauty of rock-solid edifice looks blend with jewel-blue beach.Fort also offers tourist with a breathtaking view of the coastline and neighbouring places.
From there one has an ample view of towns in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikkara, Bekal, Kottikkulam, and Uduma. This observation center had strategic significance in discovering even the smallest movements of the enemy and ensuring the safety of the Fort.
The Fort appears to have been built up from the sea since almost three fourths of its exterior is drenched and the waves continually stroke the citadel. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy inherent in the fort.
The Fort was not a center of administration, for no remains of any palace, mansion or such buildings are found within the fort. Arguably the fort was built especially for fulfilling defense requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. This is remarkable evidence of technology in defense strategy
Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar. The holes at top meant for aiming at the farthest points,the holes below for striking when the enemy was nearer,the holes underneath facilitated attacking when the enemy was very near and zigzag entrance show the defensive strategy inherent in the fort.
The Mangrove Trail of Malabar is a day trippers visiting place about 45 km from Bakel. It is a coastal Jungle trail offering hiking, birding and boating.
The nearest railway stations are Bekal Fort, Kotikulam, Kanhangad, and Kasargod.