Bekal Fort to come alive with light and sound show this year

Officials at work at the Bekal Fort. Photo: Manorama

Bekal: The vibrant 17th century Bekal Fort, the largest and most well-preserved fort in Kerala, will treat visitors with a light and sound show, soon.

This will be among a host of varied projects being implemented there this year, to provide a unique experience to visitors flocking to the key-hole-shaped seaside fort in Kasaragod.

Central Archeological Department Thrissur Circle Superintendent K Ramakrishna Reddy recently stated the same during a visit to the fort ahead of the commencement of the works. He also made an assessment of the renovation of the fort carried out last year.

There are many poignant moments in history linked to the fort. The efforts are to carry out the projects while retaining the originality of the well-preserved structure, he pointed out.

Completed works at Bekal Fort
1) The deteriorated wall portion of the fort towards the northeast side was reconstructed by spending Rs 32 lakh.
2) The damaged fort wall portions towards the sea, including the foundation, have been restored by spending Rs 22 lakh.

3) Erection of a 15-meter high flag post near the entrance of the fort.
4) 13 solar lamp posts have been set up.
5) Published brochures with braille script.

Those to be implemented this year
1) The restoration of 10 sites where archeological mining was carried out.
2) Activities to preserve water bodies in the fort.

3) Construction of a pathway and canal
4) Setting up of seating facilities for tourists, more solar lamps
5) Electric vehicles for the convenience of elderly citizens and disabled persons

6) Light & Sound show
7) Setting up more sign boards for the convenience of visitors at the fort and nearby areas
8) The newly-built cafeteria will be made functional.

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