Places to Visit in Bekal
A small town in the district of Kasargod, Bekal is famous for its beach, fort, temples, and backwaters. Over the areas here, many water sports facilities, cultural centres, temples, and backwaters are here for the enjoyment of varying people. Bekal has some of the ideal places for tourists that are worthwhile to check out.
Valiyaparamba Backwaters, one of the popular tourist locations in the Bekal, which is fed by four rivers and numerous islands. The site is popular as it is one of the fishing centres where boat cruises are also available.
Nityanandashram Caves are a group of forty-five caves, which are located in Hosdurg, popularly known as Nityanandashram. These caves were carved out of a single rock and had six entrances. Three doors face towards the east and the other three face towards west.
The main attraction interest of these caves is the sculpture of Swami Nityananda, which is made of Panchaloha. The site is considered ideal for performing meditation and is recognised as the international spiritual centre.
Pallikere Beach is situated in a vicinity of the Bekal Fort and is visited by tourists in large number. Coconut trees, palms and dense bushes are present at all the sides of the beach. Tourists in large number visit the beach during the Kochi Festival, which is organised every year.
Mallikarjuna is a temple located at a distance of 12 km from Bekal in the Kasargod District. Natives believe that Arjuna placed the idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. The Kumbala River flows on the southern side of the temple. The Ikkeri Kings built this temple in the 17th century for paying tribute to the warriors.
The temple interiors are embellished with frames of various gods and goddesses such as Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga and Sree Sankaracharya. Every year, Yakshagana performances are organised in the temple, which attracts devotees as well as tourists.
Hosdurg Beach, situated near Kanjhangad, is covered with sands and casuarina orchards. The cottages are made out of thatched roofs. Moreover, turtles can also be seen at the beach, which frequently comes out of the water and builds their nests.
Nileswaram is a cultural centre, which was earlier the place of Nileswaram Rajas. The name of the site was originated from the word, Nilakanta Ishwar. The main attraction of this site is the Palace, which serves as the traditional knowledge centre of the Department of Archaeology. Moreover, there are many places of worship and temples in this town.
Tulur Vanam commonly known as Kekulom is an area located 9.2 km from Bekal. The temple located at the site is dedicated to Kshethrapalan and Bhagavathy. Every year, the eight-day festival is celebrated at this site, which begins from Shivratri.