The Bekal Fort, constructed in 1645 AD, is 16km away from Kasaragod and is the biggest and most well preserved fort in Kerala. The fort has tall observation towers, from where one gets a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. In the fort, a flight of stairs descend to a beautiful water tank and numerous peepholes offer a photographic view of the enclosed valley. The 300 year old fort was built by Ekkary Sivappu Nayak on a 35 acre land that entered the Arabian Sea. The fort is made of laterite and stands at a height of 130 feet. It is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. An ancient mosque, said to be built by Tipu Sultan, is located near the fort along with an old Anjaneya Temple. You will also find a lot of underground passages and a sea bastion in the fort. Bekal attracts nature lovers, historians and tourists from all over the world. From the top of the fort one can view the places like Kottikulam, Pallikare, Kanhangad, and Uduma.