The magnificent and robust fort, which overlooks the calm seas and the snow white beach is twenty six kms South of Kasargod town, the northern most Kerala town.The Bekal fort is now under the Archeological Department of the Government of India.This imposing circular structure of laterite, rising 130 feet above sea level, stands on a 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. According to the South Canara Manual, Bekal fort fell into the hands of Haider Ali in 1763. 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.Built by the Ikkeri Naikkanas in the 17th century the fort has seen many a war and siege for dominance.The Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala that is located on a hilltop, giving a scenic view of the picturesque countryside. The natural scenery at Bekal is alluring and makes a visit to the place an exhilarating experience.
Wayanad, one of the fourteen districts in Kerala (India) is situated in an elevated picturesque mountainous plateau in Western Ghats. Providing a panorama of undulating mist clad hills and dales, Wayanad is blessed with a unique geographical position. Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber are strewn all over the hills of Wayanad. Situated at a height of 700-2100 m above sea level, it is bound on the east by the Nilgiris and the Mysore districts of Tamilnadu and Karnataka respectively. It shares the borders with Coorg district of Karnataka on the north, on the south with Malappuram district and on the west with Calicut and Cannanore districts. The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism.
Tourist Attractions in Wayanad
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The literal meaning of the word Edakkal is “a stone in between”. There are two levels within the cave which are located in the Ambukuthi hills. It is believed that the Edakkal caves are formed by a large split in a huge rock. Once you are inside, you are likely to be mesmerized by the ancient stone scripts, cave drawings and the pictorial inscriptions present inside. It is believed that the carvings of the Edakkal caves belong to the neolithic and mesolithic age. The place is considered to be among the earliest centres of human habitations by the archaeologists.
The largest earth dam in India, Banasura Dam is 15 kms northwest of Kalpetta. This large expanse of water is bounded on one side with magnificent hills of heavenly charm.
Soochipara Waterfalls is located 22 kms from Hotel Green Gates. One can reach the waterfalls only after a 2-km walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad.
The most important tourist destination in Wayanad, Pookot Lake is a natural fresh water lake nestled amidst evergreen forests and wooded slopes. Surrounded by lush greenery all around, this idyllic lake, with its breathtaking scenic beauty and peaceful ambience, mesmerizes every visitor on tour to Pookot Lake. The pathway around the lake is lined by thick bushes and tall trees which further add to the overall charm. One of the main tributaries of the Kabani River the Panamaram rivulet originates from Pookot Lake and then tumbles down into Panamaram valley. A fresh-water aquarium filled with an excellent array of fishes is a major attraction for tourists on their tour to Pookot Lake. The recreational facilities at the spot include Boating in the lake, Children’s Park, and Handicrafts and Spices Emporium.
Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamaraserri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding??roads to this hill station. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad, and registers the second highest degree of rainfall in the world.Killikkurissimangalam in Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunjan Nambiar, Kerala’s famous satirist poet, who is regarded as the progenitor of Ottanthullal, the traditional solo dance narration. His songs combine satirical barbs with rib tickling laughter. Some of the famous lines are still quoted to lampoon contemporary social injustices. The poet’s house is preserved as a monument by the Government of Kerala.