A relatively unknown destination in North Kerala, Bekal is a getaway that is quiet and serene, adding to its infinite charm.
Think Kerala and it immediately conjures up images of countless swaying coconut palms against blue waters and a boat cruising in between. However, while this is a quintessential imagery of Kerala, God’s Own Country has many places that are still largely off the tourist radar, like Bekal.
The Bekal fort is an imposing circular structure is over 350 years old and is said to be built by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. The brown laterite structure happens to be one of the largest and the best-preserved forts of the state and the best part is that it faces the Arabian Sea.
Stop by for a spiritual sojourn at Madiyan Kulam Durga Temple, Manjeshwar Temple, Ananthapuram Lake Temple, Bela Church and Malik Dinar Juma Masjid.
Visit the weavers at nearby Kasragod and pick up traditional handwoven sarees.
Read the full story that first appeared in Vistara’s Feb 2022 inflight magazine here: