It was noon when we reached Bekal fort. Wrong time & season – noon & summer – to visit Bekal. The place was almost deserted, with a few people here and there. After roaming around the fort – peeping into the (now closed) tunnel, observation tower – we went down to the beach. Sea in this part is a bit rough & not safe for getting into water as a lot of rocks are there in the beach.
The fort – the biggest in Kerala, is close to 450 years old & spear over forty acres. Bekal fort was built by Keladi Nayakas post Battle of Taalikote. And the main intention of building the fort was for fulfilling the defence requirements. And in our era Bekal fort shot into fame again after a song sequence from the film Bombay was shot here, so much that when one hears the word Bekal, the next word which comes to mind is Bombay.
Heat & the humidity was brutal. To add to the misery, I forgot to carry my hat that day. Just as we climbed our way back to the fort from the beach, those two ladies selling cool drinks & soda appeared to us as angels. Gulped down a couple of masala sodas & then headed towards our vehicle.
Continuation of my West Coast ride story.