Bekal, named after a river is a quiet settlement situated in the quaint district of Kasargod in North Kerala. Guarded by the mighty Bekal fort jutting out into the ocean, the place is a majestic melange of backwaters and the sea. Relatively unknown to many a tourist, Bekal fort is the same place where the famed “Tu Hi Re” song from “Bombay” was shot.
As one leaves the streets of Mangalore, the air becomes fresh and serene. Numerous backwater canals kiss the sea at various junctures. One such juncture houses one of India’s best boutique resorts, Taj Bekal Resort and Spa.
Built on 26 acres of land, the property has backwaters flowing through it while pouring into the Kappil Beach embankment. Like all Taj resorts, this one stands out with its own charm. With impeccable local decor fused with unmatchable luxuries, all the pure white villas are designed according to Kettuvallam boats. Walls are decorated with hand painted murals and traditional artefacts. The Plunge pool villas house a huge private pool with open air showers, sit outs and swings. After a majestic sunset the villas are decorated with beautiful candles making them a sight to remember forever.
The resort has three restaurants on board. "By the Bay" serves the fresh catch of the day. "Backwater Cafe" has a more laid back ambience with its multi cuisine affair. "Grills N More" is a speciality restaurant by the poolside serving delicious grills. One can also head to the amazingly designed Ivory Bar for some exotic,signature cocktails. The ever smiling and helpful staff is a quiet reminder of the legacy this group has created for itself.
There is not much to do in Bekal other than relaxing and rejuvenating. Even though it would be difficult to move out of the pampering this property has to offer, do visit the Bekal Fort, Bekal Beach, Ananthapura Lake Temple and Malik Deenar Mosque to experience Bekal at its best.
Address: Kappil Beach, Thekkekara, Bekal, Kerala 671319
Phone: 0467 230 2000
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