The 300-year-old Bekal Fort, shaped like a giant key-hole, is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. Surrounded by a splendid beach, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed. Today, the Bekal Fort and its surroundings – there are backwaters and hill destinations and water sport facilities nearby – is a favourite shooting locale for film-makers. Kasaragod, about 16 km, is the nearest railway station. Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasaragod, is the nearest airport.

Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore constructed the Bekal Fort in 1650 CE. During the Perumal Age Bekal was a part of Mahodayapuram. The Kodavalam inscription (Pullur, 7 km from Kanhangad) of Bhasakara Ravi II (the King of Mahodayapuram) illustrate the undisputed political sway of Mahodayapuram over this region. Following the political decline of Mahodayapuram Perumals by the 12th century AD, North Kerala including Bekal, came under the sovereignty of Mushikaor Kolathiri or Chirakkal Royal Family (who were a secondary royal family at that point to the Cheras, Pandyas andCholas).The maritime importance of Bekal increased much under the Kolathiris and it became an important port town ofTulunadu and Malabar.