Bekal Police Station

04672-236224 sibekalpsksd.pol@kerala.gov.in

Jurisdiction Boundary of Bekal Police

Bekal Police Station was opened in the year 1955 as per GO (MS) 2740/Home dated 05.10.55 and DO No. 551/55 dated 19.10.1955 and Vide DO No.1716/56 dated 10.11.56 ML & SP DK. The Police Station was started its function in a rendered building at Kottikulam, near Kottikulam Railway Station from 01.11.1955 Later own land is located at Kottikulam in Pallikkara Village (RS No.169/12) and Govt building was constructed and opened in 1974 wide GO (Rt) No.5870/Home dtd 14.01.1974. Since the building became dilapidated condition proposal for constructing new building was submitted and KPHCS constructed a new Police Station building, adjacent to the old building. The new building was inaugurated on 12.01.2004 and the Police Station is presently functioning the same building.

Jurisdiction details

The jurisdiction of Bekal police station covers within its boundary the whole area of Udma Grama Panjayath and in Pallikkara Panchayath and Small areas of Chemnad Grama Panchayath and Pullur Periya Grama Panchayath.The jurisdiction comes under Kalanad, Udma, Bara Periya,, Panayal, Pallikkara, Pallikkara II, Keekan, revenue villages.

Border Police station

Hosdurg PS, Ambalathara PS, Bedakam PS, Kasaragod PS, Vidyanagar PS

Jurisdictional Courts

Judicial First Class Magistrate Court -II, Hosdurg

Parliament Constituency and Legislative Assembly

The Bekal Police Station Station Limit Comes Under Kasaragod Parliament Constituency and Udma Legislative Assembly

Government Institutions

Udma , Pallikkara Grama Panjayath Office etc

Hospitals

Community Health Center at Udma, Periya, Pallikkara, Primary Health centers Kainoth, Karicheri

Educational Institutions

1. Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod
Govt; Colllege Kuniya
Govt. Polytechnic Periya
C-MET Nursing College Periya
3 Higher secondary schools at Chandragiri, Periya, Pallikkara, Thachangad.

Banks and Financial institutions

1. SBI, Palakkunnu, Canara Bank Palakkunnu, SBT Udma, Federal Bank Palakkunnu, Syndicate Bank Udma, Bank of Baroda Udma, Karnataka Bank Udma

Important Temples and Festivals

1. Kizhur Dharmasastha Temple
2.Palakkunnu Bagavathi Temple( Bharani Mahostsava)
3.Trikkannad Thrayambakeswara Temple- Arattu Mahostsava, Ganeshachathurthi
4.Bekal Koorumba Bhagavathi Temple(Pooramahotsava)
5.Kizhur Koorumba Bhagavathi Temple(Pooramahotsava)

Important Churches

1. St.Ferona Church, Pallikkara

Important Mosques

Mosque Aramanganam
HaddadNagar
Hydrose Juma Masjid Kalanad
Juma Masjid
Chembarikka.

Rivers

Chiithari River, Noombil River

Historical Importance

Kodavalam) of Bhasakara Ravi II (the King of Mahodayapuram) illustrate the undisputed political sway of Mahodayapuram over this region. Following the political decline of Mahodayapuram Perumals by the 12th Century AD, north Kerala including Bekal came under the sovereignty of Kolathunadu. The maritime importance of Bekal increased much under Kolathiries and it became an important port town of Thulunadu.

The Battle of Thalikkottai in 1565 led to the decline of the mighty Vijayanagara empire and many feudatory chieftains rose in political prominence including the Keladi Nayaks (Ikkeri Nayaks). The Nayaks realised the political and economic importance of Thulunadu (Kasaragod District) and attacked and annexed this part of the country. Bekal served as a nucleus in establishing the domination of Nayaks in Malabar. The economic importance of the port town prompted the Nayaks to fortify Bekal subsequently. Hiriya Venkatappa initiated the construction of the fort and it was completed during the period of Sivappa Nayak. The speedy completion of the port was aimed at the defence of the fort from overseas attack and to strengthen their attack on Malabar. Chandragiri fort near Kasaragod was also constructed during this period. Somashekhara Nayak captured Manjeshwar and Thaliparamba and built a fort at Kanhangad hosdurga (new fort). The other forts found in Kasaragod are constructed on the coastal region and on the route to Madokeri. It is believed that the ‘Kotteyar’ community found in Bekal, Panayal and other places in Kasaragod were brought to this land by the Nayaks to build and defend the forts. There was a prolonged struggle between the Kolathiries and Nayaks to recapture and maintain their hold over this area. These unending battles came to an end with the rise of Haider Ali who conquered and defeated the Nayaks. Subsequently Bekal fell into the hands of Mysore Sulthans.

Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sulthan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar. The coins and other artifacts unearthed by the archeological excavation conducted recently at Bekal fort is a manifestation of the strong presence of the Mysore Sulthans. The martyrdom of Tipu Sulthan who died fighting against the British in 1799 saw the end of Mysorean control and subsequently the fort came under the English east India Company. During the reign of the Company Bekal became the headquarters of the newly organized Bekal Taluk of South Canara District in Bombay Presidency. South Canara became a part of the Madras Presidency in 1862 and Kasaragod Taluk was set up in the place of Bekal Taluk. Gradually the political and economic importance of Bekal and its port declined considerably. Kasaragod became part of Kerala with the state reorganization in 1956. Presently the protection and preservation of Bekal fort has been entrusted to the Archaeological survey of India.

Tourism Importance

Bekal Fort

The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era. This foremost souvenir of the ‘God’s own Country’ remains undeterred over the ages as a silent witness to centuries of eventful yester years. The Bekal Fort has been a source of attraction for historians, tourists and nature- lovers for centuries since it embodies memories of a glorious past. The Fort appears to have been built up from the seas since almost three fourth of its exterior is drenched and the waves do stroke the citadel. The Hanuman temple and the ancient Muslim Mosque nearly hold testimony to the age- old religious harmony that prevailed in the area. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defence strategy connected with the fort. Bekal Fort happens to be the biggest fort of Kerala spreading over forty acres. The important features of this fort are the tank with its flight of steps, the opening of the tunnel towards the south, the magazine for keeping the ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower is a rarity. From there one has ample view of all the important places in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikulam Uduma etc. This observation centre has strategic significance in finding out even the smallest movements of the enemy and ascertaining the safety of the Fort.

Unlike most other Indian Forts, Bekal fort was not a center of administration for no remains of a Palace are found within the Fort. Probably the fort was built for fulfilling the defence requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are so remarkable that they are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. The holes at the top are meant for aiming at the farthest points; the holes below are meant for hitting when the enemy is nearer and the holes under neath facilitate attacking when the enemy is very near to the fort. This is a remarkable evidence for the medieval technology of defence strategy. Apart from this, the wild and ecstatic beauty of the setting sun is a glorious presence in the fort A Temple, Mukhya Prana temple is also situated inside Bekal Fort and Rama Navami, during the month of April, is the main festival of the temple . Various programmes are conducted in connection with the festival like Kathakali, Yakshagana, Harikatha, etc., which attracts large number of people.

Bekal Beach

Government of India, in an effort to develop potential beach locations which could be developed as beach destinations, had got the western cost surveyed in 1990. In this 6 locations along the eastern and western coast were identified as suitable for promotion of beach destination under “Special Tourism Area” program which includes “Bekal”, the sleepy village in Kasaragod District in northern most part of Kerala. In 1992, the Government of India declared Bekal under the ‘Special Tourism Area’ for the integrated resort development. Thereafter Government of Kerala entrusted a multi disciplinary team consisting of Planners, Landscape Architects, Urban and transport specialists, structural consultants and tourism leisure industry experts for the preparation of Project blue print for Bekal. The Government formed the 'Bekal Tourism Authority’ (BTA) for implementation, of the project in 1992. In 1995 Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Limited (BRDC) was formed as a public sector company under the Companies Act 1956, for speedy implementation of Bekal Project by Government of Kerala. BRDC has acquired 235.58 acres of land for development of 6 Resort sites and Bekal Beach Park. All the 6 Resort sites have been leased out to major hoteliers for Resort construction. Two 5 star deluxe resorts at Bekal have commenced the operation, The Lalit Resorts and Spa Bekal at Bevoori in Udma Panchayath by Bharath Hotels, New Delhi and the Vivanta by Taj Bekal at Kappil in Uduma Panchayath. The Resort construction at Chettukundu in Pallikkara Panchayath by the Green Gateway Leisure Ltd.is progressing. The Resort at Kudir in Udma Panchayath by the Globlink Hotels and Entertainment Ltd.is also progressing. The Resort at Chembarika in Chemnad Panchayath by the Holiday Group of Companies is getting ready.

Trikkannad Siva Temple

Trikkannad Siva Temple: The one week festival in the temple starts with the Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) during the month of March-April every year. Ashtami Villakku and Pallivetta are associated with the festival. Thousand of devotees from all over the district attend the festival. This is the only one temple with face to the west.

Palakkunnu Bhagavathi Temple

Bharani festival : Bharani Mahotsavam, the annual festival of Palakunnu Bhagavathy temple is celebrated by the active participation of the entire society. The festival is noted for the colourful processions known as Thirukazhcha from different localities and the matchless display of firework

Main Projects through the PS

Student Police Cadet Project at GHSS, Chandragiri.