Bekal is a lovely realm of seaside forts, palm groves, beaches, red earth and green rice fields. Bekal Fort was built by local Nayak kings in the mid-17 th century. Tipu Sulthan made it a base and then lost it to the British. The huge circular fort, battered by foaming sea waves, is made of laterite stone and is the best preserved of the area’s forts. The fort hosts the Magazine, an Observation tower and picturesque peepholes. There is an ancient Anjaneya Temple, a mosque, a sea bastion and several underground passages. To one side lies a shallow beach.