BAKEL FORT

VIEW OF THE CIRCULAR BASTIONS THROUGH THE ARCHED SILTS

VIEW OF THE CIRCULAR BASTIONS THROUGH THE ARCHED SILTS

The word  Bakel  could have derived from’ Baliakulam ‘which means a big place.According to local Kannada writer Bakel Ramanaik,the place is said to have been the seat of a big palace in the distant past.BAILAKULAM  got corrupted as BAIKULAM  and later as BAKEL.Another version is that the word Bakel could have derived from boiled stone. As we know Bakel is situated in the seashore village of Pallikkara  just twelve kms away from Kasarkode in nothern kerala.

Bakel fort

Bakel fort

It is assumed  that Bakel fort could have existed even  from the early days of the Chirakkal Rajas. ”Several forts were built by the Shivappa Naiks of Bedannur between 1650 and 1670”.We find this observation in H.A.Stuart’sBook of south canara.Its almost certain that the two forts were originally under the rule of Kolathiri or Chirakkal raja until the time of Shivappa nayak’s invasion.Most of the historians are in the opinion that the founders of the fort might be Ikkeri Nayaks.

OBSERVATION TOWER

OBSERVATION TOWER

The fort construction was eventually completed  duringthe tenure of Shivappa naik.Historians point out the presence of  Kotteyar community in the regions of Bakel, Panayal as a living  testimony  that throws light into the construction of the fort.It is believed that Nayaks brought the Kotteyar community to build and maintain the fort.  Chandragiri fort was also built during these period.There were prolonged struggles  between the Nayaka regime and Chirakkal dynasty for establishing  control over the fort.

BAKEL FORT

BAKEL FORT

when mysore sulthan Hyderali became a super power  he conquered the Nayakas and the area was incorporated  and controlled byMysore Sulthans.It was served as an important  military station  for Tippu sulthan. The coins excavated from the fort  suggests the occupation of the fort by Tippusulthan. Itis believed that the   the observation tower , the hall mark of bakel fort,was erected during the reign of Tippusulthan.

walkaway by the ridge

walkaway by the ridge

 

The English defeated  Tippu sulthan in the fourth Anglo Mysore war 1799 and the control of the fort fell into the hands of the British east india company.There is a rest house ,constructed by the british rulers the great Malabarian archetectural fortification was structured uniquely with laterite rocks.

BAKEL FORT

BAKEL FORT

The great castle f resembles the  st Angelo fort of Kannur constructed by the dutch. It also bears close similarities  with the Thalassery fort.As the fort is projected towards the sea three fourth  of the forts curtain walls and other parts remain drenched in the sea .We feel it as a solidification of wave energy to form this unique majestic power. we feel it has been come up from the depths of blue ocean  so that it may share the  greenery of earth .

arched slits

arched slits

.,The imposing structure of  latarite curtain wall remains at a height of 130 feet above sea level.The fort has seven bastions and a moat all around ,Bastions are

 VIEW just outside the tunnel

VIEW just outside the tunnel

circular structure projecting out  from curtain wall a .Bastion fortification offered a greater degree of passive resistance and more scope  for gun powder artillary compared with earlier fortification styles.The  Bakel fort spread over an area of   more than forty acres,it now  tranquilizes the visitors with its vastness and serenity.

solitary tree and a monument

solitary tree and a monument

the tunnel opening towards south is rare  architectural marvel that leads us to a serene space by the side of beech.We are get lost in the strange spell npervaded there ..the solitary treeas a witness and a monument under vthe tree that brave the passage of time, we could see the series of coloured boats and nets along the coast.

tunnel towards south

tunnel towards south