On the western coast of Kerala lies the small, quiet and quaint town of Bekal, which is one of the few unexplored destinations in India. Tourists just can’t help but stop and stare at the amazing natural and man-made wonders, which seem to have popped out of a fairy tale book. From the majestic waterfalls, white sandy beach and greenery as far as eye can see to the historically rich fort, Bekal’s aura is magical.
Bekal Fort just leaves tourists awestruck not just for the amazing views of the Arabian Sea and surrounding scenic beauty, but for the peculiar shape of the fort as well. This fort, which was constructed in the 17th century, resembles a giant keyhole. Covering an area of 40 acres, the Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala. Once used for keeping an eye on the enemy movements, the observation towers today provide amazing views of the sea and some villages that lie in close proximity. Equally fascinating are the water tank and magazine which was used to store ammunition. The fort has also appeared in Uyire, a popular song from the Tamil-language movie, Bombay.
The Bekal Hole Aqua Park
Water sports enthusiasts can chill out at the Bekal Hole Aqua Park, which lies just a kilometre away from the famous Bekal Fort. The park offers numerous attractions such as water cycles and pedal boats. Explore the enchanting backwaters of Bekal by indulging in water rides that the park has to offer. Surely, you would come back refreshed and rejuvenated. The park is also within easy access from some of the best luxury resorts in Kerala.
Catch a glimpse of Kerala’s regal past at the Chandragiri Fort. Built by Shivappa Nayaka in the 17th century, the fort is now in ruins. Its walls, which still display a royal aura, have seen turbulent times. Over the centuries, the fort has passed into the hands of several rulers such as the Bedanore Naiks, Hyder Ali and the British. The ambiance at the fort is one of bliss and serenity. The splendid views of the sunset are a photographer’s delight. Chandragiri Boat Club organises interesting activities for tourists such as a boat ride to the palm groves or the islands located in close vicinity to the fort. So, if you want to enjoy a few hours of solitude, there is no better place than Chandragiri.
The Nityanandashram Caves are a perfect spot to meditate and become one with nature. Constructed by Swami Nityananda, the set of 45 caves are located in the lap of nature and are a perfect getaway from the chaotic city life. Constructed on a mountain slope, the caves are the work of skilled craftsmen. The dark walkaways allure people from far and wide who find them a convenient spot to mediate. One of the best features of the caves is the sculpture of Swami Nityananda. The sculpture has been constructed out of panchaloha, a traditional five-metal alloy. The caves are a spectacular place to relieve all your stress.
Ananthapura Lake Temple
The Ananthapura Lake Temple is among the many fascinating attractions that Bekal has to offer. The temple was built in the 9th century and is the abode of Lord SreePadmanabha. The Ananthapura Lake Temple is the only temple in Kerala which is surrounded by water on all sides. A spectacular feature of the temple is the seven idols, which unlike the ordinary idols are carved out of 64 Ayurvedic medicines. The Ananthapura Lake temple is a spectacular place to pay your obeisance to the Lord and also enjoy the calm and composed nature.
You can find accommodation at any Kerala spa resort including the LaLiT Resort & Spa Bekal. Providing high quality hospitality and mouth-watering cuisines, the hotel is also located at a strategic spot encompassed by the river Nombili and overlooking the wide sandy beach. So, book a room at the LaLiT Resort & Spa Bekal and enjoy your stay at this picturesque town.