Kappad Beach, Kozhikode
Considered as the gateway to the Malabar Coast, Kappad or the Kappakkadavu beach is a captivating beach for all beach lovers. This beach is historic, as Vasco da Gama, the well-known Portuguese explorer landed at this place on 20 May 1948 paving way for the colonial rule of India by different European conquerors for over 450 years.
Some historians are of the belief that he actually landed at the nearby port of Pandalayani in Kollam and only anchored his ships at Kappad. But the popular belief is that he landed at Kappad. This was the first sea route for any European nation giving access to the wealth, calico textiles and spices of Malabar. Malabar was famous for its natural wealth and beauty. No wonder why the place was thronged by Europeans like the Romans, Greeks, Portuguese, Dutch and the English apart from the Chinese and the Arabs for trade. Kappad was the gateway for trade with many Asian, African, middle-east and European countries.
Kappad beach welcomes the tourists with a stone inscription proudly announcing “Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498.” The beach is ideal for the tourists when the fishermen are not around. The beach is busy when the fishermen go out into the sea in the early morning hours and when they return in the evening after their catch. During the rest of the time the beach offers a serene ambience which no nature lover should ever miss. The ruffle of the seas and the rocky beach is an ideal location to take a time out after a long day’s visit to other places around Kappad. A rocky pathway known as Pulimuttu stretching almost a kilometre into the sea is an amazing experience to walk over it. A temple nearby the rocks on the Beach is believed to be 800 years old and also attracts tourists.
The idyllic environs have given rise to many beach resorts sprawling up to offer tourists a variety to the existing beauty of the beach. Kappad is also a place of medical tourism as many from in and out of the country visit Kappad for Ayurvedic treatment. A 1.5 Crore Rupees facelift to the Kappad Beach by the Government of Kerala has given a boost to the tourist infrastructure and has helped Kappad attract more tourists.
How to Reach
By Air you can fly into the nearest Airport at Kozhikode city known as the Karipur International airport which is 23 kms from Kozhikode city. The nearest Railway station is the Kozhikode Junction at a distance of 16 kms, which is well connected with lot of local and national trains. By road is Kappad is 16 kms from Kozhikode City.
It is ideal to visit Kappad anytime between October to May. Summers between the months of March and May will be hot and humid, but allows you to carry on with your tourism. Monsoon rains will hamper any touring aspirations and will keep you indoors between June to September.
Other Places of Interest
Other places of tourist attraction around Kappad Beach are the Beypore Beach, Kozhikode Beach, the Backwaters, Thikkoti Light House, Art Gallery, Pazhassiraja Museum, Krishna Menon Museum, Mananchira Square, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary and much more.