Taj Bekal Resort & Spa
At a Glance
Kappil beach shoreline touches the manicured lawns and beautiful landscaped gardens
All the rooms are inspired by Kettuvallam house boats with Balinese influences
Relax in the lush green gardens with the backwaters as a backdrop
Take a trip to Bekal Fort nearby
Unwind at the award-winning Jiva spa
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
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Taj Bekal Resort & Spa is an exceptional beach resort tucked away in Northern Kerala in an area that hasn't seen an influx of tourism and remains one of India's best kept secrets, being surrounded by lush manicured gardens close to the beach.
The hotel is accessed from either Mangalore Airport (2 hours) or Kasaragod Railway Station with connections to Southern Kerala. You can also drive in from the Coorg Region which in turn offers itineraries combining Nagarhole National Park, Wynad and Mysore. The fact it is relatively remote adds to the quality of the destination.
Spread over 26 acres of landscaped gardens and backwaters, Taj Bekal Resort & Spa has just 71 gorgeous villas which have been inspired by the shape of traditional Keralan houseboats and reflect Chitra Pothi art on the walls. Many feature private courtyards, outdoor baths and plunge pools.
The hotel offers a range of facilities to keep guests entertained including an outdoor pool, fitness centre and library. There is also an exceptional Jiva Spa. Taj Bekal Resort & Spa also offers a range of options for excursions such as visits to Bekal Fort, Chandragiri Fort, nature treks to Thonikadavu, houseboats on the nearby backwaters and visits to temples, mosques and nearby churches.
There is an all day dining restaurant 'Latitude', the Ivory Bar and a BBQ by the pool.
There are 70 rooms and suites at Taj Bekal Resort & Spa. Each room is tastefully appointed and has plenty of space.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Taj Bekal Resort & Spa. Babysitting is available upon request and there is a games room for older children and a kids club for the younger guests. In Summer months, extra activities are arranged on the beach.
Facilities at the Taj Bekal Resort & Spa include two restaurants, a bar, a fitness centre, a spa, a shop and a library.
Guests can take a range of excursions as well as cycling, archery, kayaking and indoor games.
Michelle Von Kimmelmann (Staff)
The hotel has a rustic Balinese feel to it - it is relaxed and informal and the huge range of Spa treatments, therapies and yoga sessions will ensure that you spend your time here feeling invigorated, relaxed and refreshed.
The hotel has a romantic private feel to it and yet is also ideal for families with an abundance of secluded villas complete with plunge pools and huge swinging day beds. Enjoy fresh walks through the grounds, along the backwaters and on the beach - go back to nature and experience an awakening of the mind and senses.
Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.
Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar
Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.
Location & directions
Spread across 25 acres, this sophisticated new world class resort is located at Bekal in Kasargod district in northern Kerala, 60 km from Mangalore airport in the neighbouring state of Karnataka. Set amidst the meandering Kerala backwaters, the resort has access to the vast Arabian Sea.
How to get there
16-hour international flight (one change) to Mangalore Airport. Vivanta by Taj is approximately 1-hour 40-minutes from the airport.