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History sleeps here by the sea shore, among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort located at Bekal in Kasargode district of Kerala, The tall observation towers of this hill-top fort built in 1502 AD by Ikkeri Sivappu Nayak of Bednone, provide a panoramic view of the Lakshadweep sea.The whole area is a historic destination.
The Bekal Fort has all the ingredients and the scenic richess of an abandoned fort onlooking the vast ocean. This landscape of ethereal quality, its never ending grasslands and sea views poses all the potential to be developed into a superb tourist destination. The historic Bekal fort is located on a vast 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.
This imposing structure of laterite rising 130 ft. above sea level has a chequered history or 300 years which adds to its interest as an excavation site. Due to its historic relevence, the fort is controlled by the Archeological Survey of India.The Bekal fort is the largest and the best preserved of its kind in Kerala.
Bekal Fort is situated on the National Highway and is more than 300 years old. Believed to be built in the 1650 s by Shivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty, it was transferred to Hyder Ali of Mysore and later to the British. The historically significant sea bastions,underground tunnels and the observation tower are impressive. An old mosque is situated very near the fort which is believed to be built by Tipu Sultan. Once huge Cannon emplacements were perched on the hill top.
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