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Places to see in Kerala - Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort and Ananthapura temple

Updated on September 14, 2015

Beautiful evening at Bekal Fort, Kerala

Bekal Fort, Kasargod, Kerala
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Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

Bekal fort is situated in Kasargod, Kerala, India.

It is the largest fort in Kasrgod district which has several other forts.

Kasargod lies at the northern end of Kerala bordering Karnataka.

The area where fort is situated was part of Tulunadu (now in Karnataka) earlier.

So we can see many Tulu and Kannada speaking residents in this area.

In fact when me and my family reached there, we were greeted by a man who spoke broken English. When he learnt that we are from Karnataka, he started speaking to us in Tulu. I had to apologize to him that we don't know to speak Tulu

Bekal fort is one of the many places to see in Kerala, God’s own country.

It is believed to be 300 plus years old and was built by the then Raja Sivappu Nayak of Bednone.

Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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The fort changed hands over the years to Hyder Ali, Tippu Sultan and to the British.

Now the fort is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

Bekal is selected by the Government of India to be developed as a special tourism centre.


Spread over acres of land, this fort is a favorite location for film makers.

There is a small garden with beautful flowers and remnants of old builidngs are seen

Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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This is a well like construction at bakel fort.

Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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From the large tower right in the middle of the fort, you can get a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea and the lush greenery of the nearby villages


Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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Places to see in Kerala; Bekal fort

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Bekal fort is made of laterite stones.

The Mukhyaprana temple at the entrance is believed to be built by the Nayaks whereas the mosque nearby is believed to be constructed by Tippu Sultan.


Places to see in Kerala; Chandragiri fort

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Chandragiri fort is also situated in Kasargod, Kerala.

The fort was built in 17th century by the then ruler Shivappa Nayak near the river Chandragiri..

Places to see in Kerala; Chandragiri fort

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Places to see in Kerala; Chandragiri fort

Bekal Fort & Beach...Kasaragod, KERALA

The river Chandragiri was the border between the two kingdoms Kolathunadu and Tulunadu.

Chandragiri fort offers a breathtaking view of the river and its surroundings.

Site where Mukhyaprana temple existed, Chandragiri fort

Chandragiri fort also had a temple of Mukhyaprana (Hanuman).

The remnants of the temple can be seen at the entrance of the fort.

Places to see in Kerala; Ananthapura temple

Ananthapura temple, Kasargod, Kerala
Ananthapura temple, Kasargod, Kerala | Source

Ananthapura temple is located in Kasargod Kerala, about four km from Kumbala. This temple is believed to be the Moolasthana(original seat) of Sri Anantha Padmanabha, Thiruvananthapuram. The idol of the deity here is made up of a compound of ayurvedic medicinal herbs and it does not need any abhisheka to mainatin it. The deity is peaceful and powerful and believed to remove all kinds of physical and mental sufferings.


Places to see in Kerala; Ananthapura temple

Legend has it that when Vilwamangalam Swami was doing pooja here, a small boy used to come and disturb his rituals. One day Swamiyar got terribly irritated and asked the boy to move away. The boy was actually the Lord whom Vilwamangalam Swamy could not recognise. The boy got offended at Swamy’s behaviour and disppeared after telling him that if he wants to meet the Lord again, he has to go to Ananthakad, which is “Thiruvananthapuram” now.


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The temple is located in the middle of a beautiful lake and you can see plenty of fishes in this water. The temple lake also has a crocodile which is said to be around 150 years old.


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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Hi Indian Chef

      Thanks for stopping by

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      Wow this fort looks magnificent. Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Hi DDE

      Thanks for the visit

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Places to see in Kerala; Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort and Ananthapura temple of Kasargod Kerala beautiful photos and so interesting to read another useful hub from oyu

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Hi Thief12

      Thanks for stopping by

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Interesting sites, and some pretty cool pics! Voted Up.

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Hi suzettenaples,

      The place is very calm and is really fascinating.

      Thanks for the visit and comment

      Have a great day

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a fascinating hub and so full of history. The fort looks really interesting and I hope that India exhumes it all. Your photos are lovely and give a feeling of being right there. I know nothing of this are of India so your article is so informative and interesting. Great hub!

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Hi Au fait

      Thanks for the visit and comment

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting places to visit. Lots of pretty flowers, unusual water structures and paths and interesting architecture. Enjoyed the photos.

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi thanks for the visit

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      K.N.Anoop 4 years ago from Kerala

      good and nice...

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi livingsta,

      Thanks for the visit

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never heard about these forts in Kerala. Beautiful pictures to look through! Thank you for sharing!

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi Om Paramapoonya

      Kerala is indeed beautiful. It is known as the God's own country.

      Thanks for the visit and comment

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      I've heard a lot about Kerala. I'll give it a visit some day. Thanks a lot for this travel guide. Bookmarked for future reference!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi dinkan,

      There are many stories about that crocodile.

      It is believed that this crocodile is a vegetarian eating only the "prasadam" from the temple!!!!!!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi wewillmake,

      I am glad that you enjoyed the hub:)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Dear Deepa,

      They are really beautiful places.

      I am sure you will like it if you visit:)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Dear Radhikasree,

      Thanks for that lovely comment:)

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Beautiful places and the pictures are simply great. Wish to have a glance at that 150 year old crocodile. Thanks, enjoyed it. Rated as awesome.

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      wewillmake 5 years ago from kerala-INDIA

      Ya they are all nice spot. I love to visit them.

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      DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Oh really great pictures, I wish I could visit those, someday in near future.. voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Bekal fort is one of my dream lands and now I got a glimpse into this divine and glorious place. The temple amidst the lake is calling me there.

      Up, beautiful and awesome.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi Brett,

      Happy to have you here and glad that you enjoyed the hub and the pictures:)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi J. S. Matthew,

      Northern Kerala is not much explored by tourists and it is still full of greens and beautiful

      Thanks for the visit

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Dear Shampa

      It is a beautiful place to see

      Thanks for the visit

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      It is an informative hub with good pics. Loved it.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Very Happy to see the Photos. I have visited here. The peculiarity of this place is every time you will hugged by a cool breeze.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This was very interesting and the pictures were really awesome! Nice Hub thumbi7! I really liked this! UP, More and Shared!

      JSMatthew~

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Historical, interesting and with some beautiful personal photos ... nice hub!

      Shared, up and interesting.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi Deborah

      Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow what great pictures I feel like I was there..

      I am sharing this

      Debbie

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      hi joyfulmommy,

      Thanks for the visit

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi friend,

      Thanks for the visit

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      joyfulmommy 5 years ago

      Nice, thanks for sharing. I want to visit Kerala someday.Voted up.

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      hi friend 5 years ago from India

      very nice

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi DFiduccia,

      Thanks for the visit:)

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      DFiduccia 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for sharing this. Someday, I hope I can visit.

      DF

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