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Bekal fort is the biggest and the finest preserved fort in Kerala lying 16 Km south of Kasaragod district on the National highway at the northern portion of the state. The fort, a round impressive structure of laterite 130 ft. over sea level, standing on a 35 acre headland that run into the Arabian sea. This fort is more than 300 years aged and is supposed to have been constructed in the 1650's by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. There is moreover another faith that it was initially built by Kolathiri Rajas and afterward captured by Sivappa Naik.
Hyder Ali of Mysore took occupation of the fort in 1763 A.D and then the Huzur of Canara during Tipu Sultan's reign and afterward the British. For the duration of the British rule, the former Bekal taluk was division of South Canara district and included the present Kasaragod and Hosdurg taluks. The fort with its crisscross entrance, intentionally designed openings on the outer walls for protection and trenches around, has no palaces within and was most likely build merely for defence purpose. The sea bastion, underground tunnels and the surveillance tower in the fort are extraordinary. The Bekal Fort has been a center of attraction for historians, tourists and nature lovers for centuries ever since it symbolizes memories of a celebrated past.