Friday, 23 December 2011

Bekal Fort - Bombay Tu hi re was shot here

 According to Bekal Rama Nayak, a local Kannada writer, the word, Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam, meaning Big Palace.  The place is said to have been the seat of a big palace in the past.  The term Baliakulam got corrupted as Bekulam and later as Bekal.
 It was usual in older days for every royal palace to be protected by a fort.  The Bekal for might have, therefore, existed even from early days of the Chirakkal Rajas. While giving   a description of the Kolathiri Kingdom   in his Kerala History, K.P. Padmanabha Menon writes;  “The eldest of the male members reigned as sovereign Kolathiri.  The next in succession, the heir apparent, was the Thekkelamkur.  The residence assigned to him was the Vadakara fort. 

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