About 16 km from Kozhikode town For the people of Kozhikode, this pleasant stretch of rock studded beach is Kappakkadavu.
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To the tourist it is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches. Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar coast.
Here, 501 years ago, 170 men led
by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped
into Kerala to create a new chapter in historyThe story of a long and tumultuous
socio-political relationship between India and Europe.
It was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala.
Kappad has witnessed many such landings. Kozhikode was then the most important
trade centre of the Malabar region and the Zamorins who ruled this mighty land
were powerful and shrewd.
Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam down south.
Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old.
To the tourist, however, this little sea faring town is a haven. The best route to Kappad is along the backwaters. Unspoilt and uncrowded, the picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offers a bewitching experience. A ride down the backwaters through the Korappuzha river brings you to the beach.
The Kappad beach is situated at a distance of 16 kilometers from Kozhikode in Kerala, South India. This beautiful beach tour spot has a stretch of rocky terrain that forms the perfect backdrop for the rippling sea waves gently lapping against the silver beach sands.
While on your beach tours to the Kappad beach in Kerala, South India you can watch the local fishermen at work using the age-old fishing methods and you could also walk down to the ancient temple that is located atop a rock. This temple is said to be more than 800 years old and is worth paying a visit to.
Another interesting place of tourist interest located on the Kappad beach that you may visit while on beach tours to the Kappadkadavu beach is a pillar located in the midst of the beach with the explorer Vasco da Gama's name inscribed on it. This solitary pillar is significant as it commemorates the landing of Vasco da Gama on the shores of India.