Travel Review

Trip to Bekal, Karnataka

Last week, we had travelled to Bekal, Karnataka for vacation. From Chennai, we flew down to Mangalore, from there it was about 90 minutes by road to Bekal. We stayed in the newly opened Taj Bekal resort, it’s a beautiful property, surrounded on three sides by water – the Arabian Sea, Backwater and a lake.

Open Verandah in front of each cottage
Open Verandah in front of each cottage
Swing
Swing
Well furnished rooms
Well furnished rooms
Pool in every cottage
Pool in every cottage
Cottages are built on Bali's architecture
Cottages are built on Bali’s architecture
Private beach
Private beach
Coconut trees line the property
Coconut trees line the property
Lots of open area
Lots of open area
Restaurant serves tasty dosas - Udupi style
Restaurant serves tasty dosas – Udupi style
Backwater canal
Backwater canal
Rafting inside the waterways in the resort
Rafting inside the waterways in the resort
Waterways in the resort
Waterways in the resort
Archery classes
Archery classes
Waves - Arabian Sea
Waves – Arabian Sea

One of the days, we visited Bekal Fort.

Fort outer wall - well preserved
Fort outer wall – well preserved
Bekal fort - manicured garden
Bekal fort – manicured garden
Bekal fort watch tower
Bekal fort watch tower
Venkatarangan in Bekal fort
Venkatarangan in Bekal fort
Bekal fort's outer walls are tall
Bekal fort’s outer walls are tall
Bekal fort - beach shore view
Bekal fort – beach shore view
Tourists viewing from the fort
Tourists viewing from the fort
Fishing on the sea water's below
Fishing on the sea water’s below
Fishing village and the boats there
Fishing village and the boats there
Fort walls has view ports
Fort walls has view ports
Tunnel in front of the fort
Tunnel in front of the fort

Nearby, there is an ashram belonging to Swami Nithyananda Ashram. There are caves in the ashram where swami’s are said to have stayed and mediated towards almighty. We were told there is a tunnel from the ashram that runs to places along the west coast of India.

Swami Nithyananda Ashram, Kasaragod
Swami Nithyananda Ashram, Kasaragod
Swami Nithyananda Ashram
Swami Nithyananda Ashram

On our return back to Mangalore, we went to Udupi for a darshan. On our way there we toured around Manipal town and had darshan at Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Lake Temple.

Manipal DC office
Manipal DC office
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Lake Temple
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Lake Temple
Temple in the centre of a lake
Temple in the centre of a lake

Also published on Medium.