As scenic as the landscape is with abundant natural beauty, the state of Kerala is also a proud host of historical wonders. Fancy discovering relics and ruins? First, book a cab with Savaari Car Rentals. Then plan a trip to explore the forts in Kerala – God’s own country’.
Here are 4 best forts in Kerala
Bekal Fort – one of the forts in Kerala
About 65 KM from Mangalore, perched on a cliff across the Bekal beach is the Bekal Fort in Pallikera village. As the largest historical fort in Kerala, this is a standing testament to the state’s rich heritage.
It is believed that Shivappa Nayaka of the Ikkeri dynasty established this fort in the 1650s. Across generations, the fort had seen dynasties ruling over this fort – from the Kolathiri Rajas, to the Vijayanagar Empire, Tipu Sultan and finally the East India Company. By the 20th century, the Bekal Fort had developed to become a popular destination for international tourists and Indian filmmakers. The views from the turrets make for a breathtaking view.
During high tides, the Arabian Sea splashes onto the stone-walled citadel of the fort. The rocky-sandy beach, dotted with palm trees with the ominously overlooking edifice, collectively render a pleasantly mysterious vibe.
Bekal beach is close to Kerala’s northern borders. This makes it easily accessible from Goa, Mangalore, Bengaluru and adjoining towns.
This is one of the rare fort structures in the region which is wrapped in lush greenery. The colonial architecture blended with natural beauty adds to the charm of the Arikady Fort. Yet another historical fort in Kasaragod, this fort was also established by Shivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty.
Though not preserved or maintained like other major forts, tourists still throng to this site. With a watch tower looming over the edifice, overlooking the sea, Arikady still holds a magnificent view for the sore eyes.
St Angelo Fort
The St. Angelo Fort or the Kannur Fort is a colossal structure, standing on the Arabian Sea. Located 3 KM outside the Kannur city, this historical edifice is a remnant of the powerful Portuguese rule in India.
Built in 1505 by the Portuguese Viceroy – Don Francesco de Almedia, this fort too had passed hands from the Portuguese to Dutch and then the British. Eventually post-independence, the fort premise has been preserved and protected by the Archeological Survey of India and is a significant tourist destination of the state.
Using blocks of laterite soil, the architecture was made resilient to stand the test of time. The highlight of this fort is that unlike regular rounded structures, St. Angelo features a triangular, palatial roof, flanked by fortresses on all sides.
The outdoors feature a centrally located moat, expansive gardens with decorative plants, barracks, and a watchtower. A hanging cliff-like edge of the fort makes for a scenic viewpoint. There’s a dedicated area for graves of the rulers who once reigned the fort. For a photo moment, stop by the remnants of the old oil-lamp lighthouse.
Fort Kochi is like a wonderland from the old fairy tales. The entire town happened to be the fort area during the Portuguese rule. The structures feature Dutch, Portuguese and British architectural elements.
In 1553, the Fort Immanuel, the first European fort in India was established by the Portuguese, right on the beach where Fort Kochi lies. The fort changed hands and went to the Dutch after their invasion. Today, the relics of the fort remain as a witness to the intensive history of the town.
A museum in the vicinity preserves the 1000-year old heritage of the fort and of Kochi. Book an outstation cab to explore the eclectic blend of classic and contemporary, the museum houses antiques, artifacts and relics of the original Fort Kochi. Don’t miss the St Francis Church in Fort Kochi for that is where the famous explorer – Vasco Da Gama was buried.
This Post is authored by Archana P . Archana is a passionate traveler and blogger, who loves exploring new places.