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Bakel
  • Overview
  • Hotels
  • Sight Seeing
  • Things to do
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  • Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the Northern extreme of Kerala State.16 km south of the town on the National Highway, is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of Kerala, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons, couple of centuries ago.
  • Near the fort is an old mosque said to have been built by the valiant Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Built by the rulers of the ancient Kadampa dynasty, the fort changed hands over the years to the Kolathiri Rajas, the Vijayanagar Empire, Tipu Sultan and finally, the British East India Company. Today, the Bekal Fort and its surroundings are fast becoming an international tourist destination and a favourite shooting locale for film makers. Bekal is also one of the five centres selected by the Government of India to be developed into a 'Special Tourism Area'.
  • Chandragiri Fort
  • Built during the 17th century by Shivappa Naik and situated above 150 feet above seal level on the bank of Chandragiri river is an ideal plce to watch sunset.
  • Bekal Fort
  • Situated just 5m away from Nirvana, Bekal fort is more than 350 years old fort built by a Karnataka king Shivappa Naik. Standing against the backdrop of the Arabian sea on a 35 acres headland with its soaring observation towers and sea bastions, Bekal fort offers a spectacular view to its visitors.
  • Bekal Beach Park
  • Situated just 1km from Nirvana, Bekal Beach Park gives an unmatched experience of the sun, sea and sand. Rank among one of the best beaches in India and located just 1km from Nirvana, this long, beautiful, shallow beach with park offers spectacular view of the Bekal Fort. Ideal for swimming and ample space for recreations.
  • Ananthapura Lake Temple
  • Built in 19th century AD this ‘lake temple’ is a holy pilgrimage centre for Vishnu devotees as it is believed to be the original place of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sri Padmanabha (Vishnu) located at Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is located near Kumbla just 30 km northwards of Bekal towards Kasaragod town.
  • Valiyaparamba
  • One of the most beautiful backwaters of Kerala, Valiyapramba is 30 km away from Bekal. Dotted with small islands and the refreshing glimpses of life around it has become an ideal getaway. Hire a houseboat or country boat from Nileshwar and glide past the villages side by to discover the beauty of village life.
  • Ranipuram
  • Located 750m above sea level on the Western Ghats this mountainous terrain is known for trekking and green landscapes. This hill station lies 55 km from Bekal Fort is popular as adventure hot spot.
  • Boating on Valiaparamba Backwaters
  • The backwaters of Kerala - endless miles of snaking waterways flanked on either side by emerald palms. Tranquil and alluring, they offer you the experience of a lifetime. While in Bekal do not miss a boat ride on Valiaparamba Backwaters.
  • Fort & Beach
  • The world famous fort and its surrounding beach is a tourist paradise. This virgin beach has very good sandy beach for sun bathing.
  • Watch Theyyam
  • A vibrant and colorful folk art performed in scared places and temples in north Kerala. People consider Theyyam as God and they seek blessings. Watch the grand display of this unique ritual Perhaps the most enduring image of Kasaragod.
  • North Kerala food
  • The north Kerala food is famous for their mouth watering delicacies.
  • Nearest bus stations: Kasaragod has both private and KSRTC bus stands, 16 km from Bekal.
    Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, about 16 km from Bekal.
    Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport, about 85 from Bekal
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Bakel. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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