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Vivanta by Taj - Bekal

Kerala, India

Vivanta by Taj - Bekal 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.

At a Glance

  • Award winning Jiva spa

  • 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

Spa & health, Beach, Couples, Family

Insider's View

Try an early morning yoga session on the outdoor terrace - a truly magical setting.

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Insider's View

Treat yourself to the signature Jiva Spa Ayurvedic massage which will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

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Insider's View

Sample the unique 'Banana Leaf Experience' in the restaurant - a traditional South Indian delight and a real treat for the taste buds!

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Vivanta by Taj - Bekal


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, the Vivanta by Taj Bekal 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 center and library. There is also an exceptional Jiva Spa. The Vivanta by Taj Bekal 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 starting with a Superior Charm Room with Balcony. These spacious rooms are fully loaded keeping in mind leisure as well as corporate travelers. Be charmed by the large terrace offer panoramic view of the backwaters and Balinese landscaped gardens. The stylish bathrooms beckon with walk in showers. The Superior Charm Room with Terrace are as above, but with a 228 sq ft terrace. The Deluxe Delight Rooms offer 470 sq ft rooms with a huge 611 sq ft courtyard, and these can come with a Plunge Pool. The Premium Indulgence Rooms offer even more space. Facilities and Services in all rooms include: Ergonomically designed study table and chair, Interactive Television - 37" LCD TV screen with home theater system and surround sound to personalize your entertainment, Dual line telephones, Day bed and bathtub, bath amenities are Forest Essentials made from natural ingredients, 100% cotton robes, Egyptian cotton towels, Wall-mounted makeup mirror, hair drier and scale, Electronic safe, High Bandwidth wireless Internet (usage fee applies), Complimentary personal tea/coffee makers, mineral water & newspapers, Use of pool and fitness center, Treat Yourself cabinet with a selection of health drinks, snacks, chocolate treats and beverages (charge applies), Rest Easy menu with choice of pillows, 24-hour in room dining, Non-smoking rooms available, Housekeeping service twice daily - morning cleaning and evening turndown, rollaway beds and cribs available on request.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Vivanta by Taj - Bekal. 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 Vivanta by Taj Bekal include two restaurants, a bar, a fitness center, a spa, a shop and a library.


Guests can take a range of excursions as well as cycling, archery, kayaking and indoor games.

Location & Directions

Kerala, India

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 neighboring state of Karnataka. Set amidst the meandering Kerala backwaters, the resort has access to the vast Arabian Sea.

When to go

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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