Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala that is built in over 40 acres of land at the edge of Arabian Sea. Bekal Fort is in the shape of a giant keyhole and is built in 17th Century. The fort is built on the sea, and two sides of the fort wall always guards against the unending waves of Arabian Sea. The fort is believed to be built by the rulers of Kadampa dynasty, but has been taken over by various rulers during different times.  Bekal Fort was under the rule of Kolathiri Kings, the Vijayanagar Kingdom, Tipu Sultan and finally, the British East India Company.

Near the entrance of Bekal Fort

Entry to Bekal Fort

Today, Bekal Fort attracts several visitors, both locally and from across the borders. A tank with its flight of steps, the opening of the tunnel, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad are the important features of the fort (though not everything is open for public at this time).

The is also an Observation Tower with wide steps to get on top of the tower. From the tower, you can get amazing views of the surrounding Bekal Beach, the fort itself in the backdrop of Arabian Sea, and the thick coconut plantations.

Observation Tower

View From Tower

Bekal Beach view from the Observation Tower

Coconut Plantation around the fort


On Map

Where to Stay?

  • Bekal
  • Kanhangad – 12 km
  • Mangalore (Karnataka) – 65 km

Distance Chart

From Distance (in km)
Mangalore 65
Calicut 170
Mysore 250
Kochi 355
Bangalore 373