Tourism in Kasaragod district is often considered synonymous with the tiny town of Bekal. The beach at Bekal and the Bekal Fort, which stands adjacent to it present visitors with wonderful windows to both natural beauty and history.
The development of Bekal Beach is headed towards making it the first planned beach destination in India. Bekal is a ‘green field’ destination as is evident in its colour and the foreground greenery.
‘Beach Camp’, the first property of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) Hotels and Resorts in Bekal was inaugurated by Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Tourism. The Beach Camp, with 30 cottages, will come up on two hectares of land situated between the Bekal beach park and the tsunami park. The State owned Bekal Resorts Development Corporation has leased out the land for 30 years. Beach Camp will be the first property of the KTDC in the Malabar region and its 32nd resort.
The cottages resembling a tent will be constructed using the ‘knock down Technology’. Cottages will be constructed using eco-friendly materials without causing any harm to the environment and the beach. Each cottage will offer the guests a spectacular view of the Bekal Fort and its surroundings. The work of 20 cottages will be completed within 6 months. More coconut trees will be planted here by the KTDC to make the destination more beautiful and green.
Another 10 cottages and a swimming pool will be constructed in the second phase. The property will have an Ayurvedic centre as the KTDC plans to market beach and ayurveda.
As part of the government’s efforts to develop tourism in Malabar, KTDC will also construct its premium properties in Kozhikode and on the Muzhappilangad beaches Union Government has declared Bekal as a special tourism area in 1992 and an investment of Rs 750 crore is estimated in Bekal, for integrated resort development.