About 16 kms from Kasaragod in Kerala there is a Fort at Bekal, which is a well preserved historical structure.
Built in 1640 AD, this landmark remained a strategic military station used by Tipu Sultan and later by the British. Circular platform on the west provides a wider view of this splendid Beach having lot of palm trees. Installation of two sculptures with beautiful murals has enhanced the beauty of this Beach significantly.
Unlike most other Indian forts, Bekal Fort was not a center of administration, for no remains of any palace, mansion or such buildings are found within the fort. Arguably the fort was built especially for fulfilling defense requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. The holes at top were meant for aiming at the farthest points; the holes below for striking when the enemy was nearer and the holes underneath facilitated attacking when the enemy was very near to the fort. This is remarkable evidence of technology in defense strategy.
This is well maintained fort next to the beach. It is famous for being used by Tipu Sultan during his wars against the East India Company. The fort is huge and would take a couple of hours to explore. The sea is rough and one should avoid venturing into it. A must visit for all history lovers.
In the year 1995 the government formed Bekal Tourism Development Corporation for transforming Bekal Fort into international tourism center.