Bekal Fort - Kasargod
Posted: Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 | Views: 5335
Beach  -   Kasargod, Kerala
70 kms from Mangalore City
How to reach:  By KSRTC and Private buses to Kasargod from Mangalore on NH17.
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The Bekal fort, which is of great historical and archaeological interest, is the largest and best preserved of its kind in Kasargod district and the land on which it is situated, runs into the sea with fine a bay towards the south. According to the South Canara Manual, Bekal fort fell into the hands of Haider Ali in 1763. It housed the Huzur of Canara during Tipu's time, and the remains of the gallows reminiscent of the days of Mysorean occupation were seen here till a few years back.

After the overthrow of Tipu Sultan in 1799, Bekal was incorporated into the dominions of the English East India Company. The erstwhile Kasaragod taluk of South Canara district was known as Bekal for more than half a century.

The huge laterite walls are coated black with dried algae, a tell-tale sign of antiquity. They cling the fort walls so snugly that it would seem that Bekal Fort originated out of a seaside cliff. It is almost as if Nature had been co-opted by the builders of the fort for their defence needs.
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