This post was most recently updated on March 8th, 2019
Bekal is a beautiful fortified town in Kasargod, Kerala. Famous for the Bekal fort and sand beaches this is still among the lesser known jewels in the crown of God’s own country. About 380 km from Bangalore, the road trip from Bangalore to Bekal is a journey to remember. On your way, you’ll pass through the beautiful hills stations of Madikeri in Karnataka. The road to Bekal is mostly in great condition except for the last stretch along the hills of Kerala.
Thanks to google timeline, I could add the exact route we followed on the map above. The drive from Bangalore to Bekal (Kasargod) is the most beautiful road trip I have had for years. We started at around 6:00 am from an electronic city in Bangalore and took the NH275 route where almost three-fourth of the route was on national highways NH48 and NH275. The roads were in great condition with breathtaking landscapes on both sides- ideal for long drives.
We had a delicious south Indian breakfast at “Kamat Upachar” on the way by 7:30 am (inked on the map above) after which we almost drove continuously halting at few viewpoints. in Coorg. Once we left Karnataka and took the Thekkil-Aletty road, the width of the road almost reduced to half and the drive just got an extra bit of thrill that we were not looking for. This part needs to be driven with caution – there are lots of blind turns and some badly damaged parts in between. This road cuts through the well forested hilly range and runs parallel to a river ( don’t remember the name, will be happy if someone can help in the comments section). The road ends on NH66 in Kasargod from where our resort was about 20 minutes away. The colorful flags of all popular world cup teams were enough to say you have stepped into Kerala, without even looking at Google maps. It felt like home to the nostalgic Bengalis settled in Bangalore.
It’s a small area with a well-maintained garden, pools, and a pretty fountain. At the off-season discount, we got the rooms at roughly Rs.5500 per night and it was a four-star luxury experience at that budget (you can get it even cheaper if you book in advance). Not many people in India know about this site, but it’s worth adding to your list while comparing hotel-prices alongside MakeMyTrip and Booking. Note that the payment on Agoda can be done only through international credit card in dollars (the price I mentioned is the final amount charged after interchange). The room was larger and better than some of the higher priced top resorts I have stayed in during our corporate trips. Its a place where you can literally wake up to the sound of waves and view of coconut groves along the seaside. It was 2 pm when we reached our resort and the first thing we did was to head to the restaurant where we had some authentic Kerala Cuisine – Grilled kingfish, Kerala porota, and Raare chicken. As usual, make sure you have checked the best prices on MakeMyTrip, booking.com, Agoda before booking.
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I’d recommend this place for a two-night stay especially if you choose to drive so that you can explore the other ruined forts built during the same era, take a boat trip in the backwaters near Bekal fort itself and get time to rest. You can reach here by bus followed by auto, but given the beautiful route, I’d always recommend a drive (book Zoom Car or Myles) over the bus route any day. In my experience, this cuts the cost also for couple or group trips. It took us a little over 8 hours on each side, but that is thanks to minimal traffic on a working Friday morning and a non-working Saturday evening. Any Bangalorean would know that you can easily add two more hours each side if you decide to travel on Saturday early morning and return on Sunday evening instead. I also strongly recommend you to watch the 1.5-minute video I made and subscribe if you like.😊 My videos are always short so it won’t take much of your time.
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So are you excited about going on your next road trip? When was your last road trip? Share your thoughts in comments. Happy traveling!
Greta road trip. Nice to see it through your eyes. And that you were able to keep turning things into adventures.
In 2017 we spent time in Kerala but did not know about Bekal. So lush and green and the resort looks amazing. We would like to return to Kerala and definitely will put Bekal on our travels.
We visited Kerala in 2017 and missed out visiting Bekal. It looks amazing and would definitely consider staying in the resort. Great tips on pricing. Thanks.
We visited Kerala n 2017 and missed out on Bekal. We will definitely put it on our travel list when we return. It is such a beautiful state in India. Thanks for the tips re the hotels as well.
I love road trips but never thought India would be a safe place for them. I am probably wrong, considering your experience. IMalabar Resort and Spa looks very inviting. It must have been great staying there. There are some awesome places in India that I would definitely love to visit , so I am glad to add Bekal Fort to the list.
Sounds like a wonderful road trip, especially when its sort of impromptu and spontanous. Can’t miss that Wolrd Cup! LOL. I have never been to India and Kerala is high on my list of places to visit. I have heard such great things about their food of which you have highlighted:) Forts, beach, water, great food…. awesome combination!
I have not really read much about Bekal fortified town before, so I enjoyed learning a bit more about it. The road trip itself looks like a memorable one. The scenery is so green and lush, not at all like those few areas of India that I have visited thus far. The fort itself looks in good condition for exploring.
I visited Kerala a couple of years ago but never knew about Bekal. Judging by your article, it seems like I’m missing out and I really enjoyed learning more about this place. I’ll definitely leave some spare time for exploring Bekal next time I come to India. Thanks for the recommendation.
It looks like you had a great time exploring this beautiful area! I like the sound, and look, of your resort too, especially with that beautiful pool! I’ve not been to India, so never heard of the Bekal Fort, but it looks like somewhere I’d definitely visit. The culture there is so interesting and rich too!
Last minute road trips can be so much fun! I see we’re not the only ones who worked our schedule around the World Cup matches. Your resort was lovely and I always enjoy waking up to the sound of waves. I love the fact that you and your husband explore so much of the area on the weekends.
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Kasargod. Taking a boat trip is such a wonderful idea and would definitely consider this during our next getaway. Thank you for sharing the video.
Somehow, the last time I was in Kozhikode, I planned to visit Bekal and it was pouring down!
Locals told me it was pointless and rather risky to go there when its raining so I had to skip.
Its been a decade since that happened and still I haven’t been to Bekal!!!!
I hope I can get my a** there soon. Your post is just so damn tempting!!!
Malabar resort definitely looks so relaxing!
Having gone from knowing nothing about the Bekal Fort – to wanting to visit so badly! The scenery reminds me of the one in Bali, very lush and green, almost tropical. I would love to go here to explore some.