Bekal Fort

The Emerald Green Backwaters

Historical Scenic Culture Monument Archaeology

Bekal Fort is an iconic fort, having a Keyhole structure, in the Malabar Coastal Belt, largest of its kind in Kerala. The Fort complex is situated 16 k.m away from the National highway. Built in the 17 A.D, this fort was under the custody by various kingdoms like the Nayakas, Kolathiris, and the Tipu Sultan and later by the British who used the Fort as their army quarters with huge observation towers that looked upon the nearby areas.

  • Tourists are only allowed during the visiting time – 9:00 A.M to 5:30 P.M
  • The fort is a closed fort with a single entrance. .
  • Tourists are restricted from entering the seashores of the Fort as the tides are rough.
  • Visitors are often not allowed to enter the parts of the fort under maintenance.
  • Tourists forbidden from entering the underground tunnel that leads to the seashore.
  • Bekal Fort is a plastic free zone.
  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.

  • Local roads connect to Mangalore in the north and Calicut in the south. The nearest railway station is Bekal Fort Railway Station, Kanhangad Railway Station on Mangalore-Palakkad line. There are airports at Mangalore, Kannur and Calicut. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are usually available but tend to overcharge, so must bargain. .

  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kasaragod Railway Station.
  • Nearest Bus Station: KSRTC Bus Depot, Kasaragod.

  • Languages Spoken
  • Malayalam, Tulu, Kannada, Konkani, Hindi , English.
  • Local Guides Available.
  • Bekal Beach Camp is a nearby must visit place.

Is Bekal Fort open on Public Holidays?

Yes, Bekal Fort is open on all days from 9:00 A.M to 5:30 P.M

What is the best time to visit the Fort and during which season?

Bekal Fort gets covered with lush green grass during the Indian Monsoon season which provides a great scene. The best time to visit the Fort is during the morning from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M or in the evening from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. During the noon time, the sun will be directly above your head with scorching heat!

Is Photography allowed inside the Fort?

Yes, Photography is allowed inside fort. For covering the entire structure of the Fort, one must take prior permission from the authorised person from the Archaeological Survey of India.

Detail Description

According to the records of the Archaeological Survey of India, the Bekal Fort was built by Shivappa Nayaka of Keladi in 1650 AD. Spreading over 40 acres, Bekal is regarded as the largest fort in Kerala.


Location Map


Traveling through the busy National Highway (NH 66), finally one can enter into the shades of coconut trees in the coastal village of Bekal. The modern day tourism has brought life to the grand old fort, with a well maintained car parking area and numerous food and souvenir stalls awaiting tourists all over the world!


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