Located on the west of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is a small town in the Kasargod district of Kerala. The name Bekal is derived from ‘Baliakulam’, which means Big Palace. According to local beliefs, here was located a big palace in the past. Bekal is an important tourist destination that has many significant attractions. It is famous for its beaches, backwaters, forts and some tourists spots. Bekal is home to the largest fortress in Kerala. It's one of the primary landmarks of Kasargod district.

Shaped like a giant keyhole, the Bekal fort is bordered by the Arabian on three sides. A set of 45 caves called the Nityanandashram caves, Kappil Beach and Chandragiri fort are the other major attractions in Bekal. Bekal was also selected as one among the top ten travel destinations by Lonely Planet. Bekal is known for its unparalleled charm that holds various attractions and offers a perfect traditional Keralite hospitality to its visitors. A beautiful view of the sun, sand, sea, and swaying palm trees adjoining the beach add more beauty to the outstanding landscape. Bekal is a perfect tourist spot, popular for its scenic beauty and this grabs the attention of visitors from different places

Best Places to Visit in Bekal

Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort stands at the confluence of land and sea. Located in the district of Kasaragod, it is an impressive edifice spread over 40 acres. This fort is built almost 300 years ago, is considered as one of the largest and most preserved forts in Kerala. Bekal fort is believed to have been in existence from the beginning of the rule of Chirakkal Rajas, the rulers of the Kolathiri Kingdom of North Malabar. The fort with its zigzag entrance, strategically designed openings on the outer walls for defense and trenches around, has no palaces inside and was probably built just for Defence purposes.

Bekal Beach

Bekal Beach in Kerala is a paradise for the ocean lovers. Bekal Beach lies very close to Bekal Fort, one of the best-maintained historic forts in Kerala. It is only about 16 kms away from Kasaragod town. Beach is located on a headland that extends for 35 acres to reach the Arabian Sea. It's a small region on the shores of Arabian Sea, which is known for its unparalleled charm that holds various attractions and offers a perfect traditional Keralite hospitality to visitors.

The dense palm trees, the splendid sea, the golden sand and the grand walls of the fort together form the picturesque location. Tourists from all over the world visit the beach for its beauty and serenity. One may take a nice long relaxing stroll across the beach or just enjoy the sunset in the sand. Bekal beach is a perfect destination for a day-long picnic. Tourists can enter the Bekal Fort and explore the interiors of the fort. The view of the beach from the top of the fort is a breathtaking view. The garden is the best place to spend time with friends and family. One may enjoy camel rides, horse rides, local snacks etc. on the beach. There is also a children's play area where they can spend time. So, plan for a Bekal Beach trip, you'll have an amazing experience exploring this beach with exciting attractions all around.

Kappil Beach

Kappil beach is a dazzling beach located about 15 kilometres from Kasaragod. The ideal blend of the backwaters and the sea, it offers an idyllic escape from the world, people come here to enjoy the scenic backwaters and the various water sports options. It is a peaceful tourist spot with ample chances to simply relax or take a comforting boat ride. Sun-covered beach with golden sands, enclosed by the glittering waters of the Arabian Sea and thick groves of casuarinas trees, make this place a bewitching spot. The picturesque location of the beach is sure to mesmerize you. Laze on the sand, enjoy a drink or read a book. Whatever you do, you are bound to make memories that will be unforgettable for the rest of your life. If you want to view the panoramic scene of the Arabian Sea, you can climb the nearby cliff, is known as the Kodi cliff. It's really a visual treat and must see spot for nature lovers.

It's a calm and peaceful beach where you can enjoy picnicking with your family or friends. The beach is extremely admired by beach lovers or honeymooners. The natural beauty and soothing atmosphere makes this place a favorite destination of those who like holidaying in a place which is free from the crowd.

Valiyaparamba Backwater

Valiyaparamba Backwater is separated from the mainland by backwaters, Valiyaparamba fishing village is an island with the Arabian Sea as one of the borders. Located about 30 km from Bekal. This is one of the most picturesque backwater boroughs in Kerala. The island located in river Tejaswini, is known for its natural beauty. A boat cruise in traditional kettuvallam offers panoramic view of the coconut groves in this island. Being a fishing center, different moods of fishing scenes adds to its beauty. The cool breeze, coconut lagoons, variety of seabirds, activities like husking, etc. provide a larger canvas for the tourists. Island is well known for its mussel cultivation.

The Bekal Hole Aqua Park

Bekal Hole Aqua Park is a unique leisure tourist destination, located 1 km north of the Bekal Fort. A haven for the water sport enthusiasts, the park is the only one of its kind in North Malabar that provides facilities like pedal boats and water cycles. This park offers a long day relaxation and the visitors can enjoy the water rides through the cool stretches of the Bekal hole backwaters.

Nityanandashram Caves

Nityanandashram Caves are a set of 45 caves that containing the panchaloha sculpture of Swami Nityananda, which are definitely worth a visit. The Nityanandashram Caves are situated very close to Hosdurg Fort. It is considered to be an excellent place for meditation. The cave is recognized to be the international far-famed spiritual center. Moreover, the Nityanandashram is set with forty-five caves and there will be an effigy sculpture of swami nityananda, which is made out of panchaloha. This is the major attraction of the Nityanandashram Caves.

Things to do in Bekal

Residing at Bekal Beach Camp

Explore Bekal Fort

Scaling Kottancheri Hills

Ride through Valiyaparamba Backwaters in a Houseboat

Nileswaram Palace - a Cultural Hub

Adventure into Bekal Hole Aqua Park

Trekking through Ranipuram’s Forest Trails

Nityanandashram Caves

Bekal Beach - Explore the Heavenly Paradise

Chandragiri Fort - Walk through the Glorious Past

Kappil Beach - Spend a day in Solitude

Best Time to Visit

Summer (March - May)

The temperatures in summer season may rise as high as 36°C. Although Kerala is known for its hot summers, the coastal winds that blow over Bekal help mellow down this heat. On the other hand, this season does showcase a crystal clear skyline that aids touring. Bekal leaves an astonishing impression on its visitors, compelling them to come back again. Especially during its steady summers. Sun and sand when combined, provide tourists with a perfect chance for some sunbathing. Bekal looks stunning in its settling summers, sprouting spring, great winter and blustery rainstorm.

Winter (October - February)

Winter season is viewed as the best time to visit Bekal. The climate stays cool and comfortable which is ideal for any family or honeymooners who wishes to visit one of the best beaches in Kerala. Winter season offers the most favorable conditions to explore the remarkable sands of Bekal. With pleasant temperatures throughout the day and chilling winds blowing during the evenings, winter in Bekal is perfect for tourism. This is the best time to get into one of those stunning houseboats and cruise through rejuvenating backwaters.

Monsoon (June - September)

Monsoons begins in Kerala in June with a heavy downpour. The rain adds some more magnificence to the beautiful areas of the Bekal especially the Fort. Numerous vacationers visit Bekal during the rainfall to enjoy touring and sightseeing in the showers. The monsoon evenings in Bekal are cold and misty.The historic Bekal Fort which is shaped like a giant keyhole, offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers in Monsoons in Bekal.

Best season to Visit Wayanad


Wayanad experiences Summer seasons from March to May. The minimum temperature of the region experiences is around 20°C while the maximum is about 35°C. The peak afternoons are often avoided during the season. The mornings and evenings are much preferred for sightseeing. Afternoons can be sent exploring the evergreen forests surrounding the hill station as the temperatures are lower, calmer and more pleasant than other areas.


Experience winter season from October to February. This time period is considered a peak tourism season. The minimum temperature that experience in this season is 10°C and the maximum is 24°C. During the day the weather stays misty, breezy and night time stays chilly. December, January, and February, are the peak winter months. This climate is perfect for enjoying the nature reserves, sightseeing, bird watching or to explore the wildlife.


Monsoons season begins in June and goes on until September, sometimes till mid-October. During Monsoon mornings and evenings are generally chilly and rainy. The weather remains humid with the temperature ranging between 17°C and 29°C. Wayanad looks beautiful with normal rainy days with mist hovering over the mountains. Especially hill station looks greener and fresher in the season but is not always recommended to tourists because of the substantial amount of rain it receives.

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