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Kappad Beach

About Kappad Beach
The beach adds a beautiful page in Kerala’s maritime history. It is Kappad where the Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama first stepped in 1498 accompanied by his group of 170 men. And with his arrival was born a new relationship between the Indians and the Portuguese. A new era began in the history of India and the relationship spanned 4 to 5 centuries thereafter. People, from all over the globe, flock to Kappad beach for gaining an insight into Kerala’s history. The place is as tranquil as ever, completely untouched by the modern developments. Not only this, but there are more attractions for you to explore during your beach holiday. Kappad beach occupies a position just 16 km from the town of Kozhikode (Calicut).

Activities to Do
There are some nice places for boating closeby. You can reach Elathur to enjoy boating along the Canoli Canal and Kallai River. Both of these places are located at a few minutes distance from Kappad beach. Soak up the natural scenery during your boat ride along with your family, kids and friends.

The environs at the Kappad beach are entirely mesmerizing. Relaxing on the smooth silvery sands of the beach is a good idea. What’s more interesting is the fact that you are not disturbed by crowd of people like other beaches in Kerala. Kappad beach is nice isolated destination abounding in nature’s beauty. Take water in the crystal clear water. Build sand castles and paper boats. Listen to the gurgling waves. Reconnect with nature and be in conversation with your inner self.

Tourist Attractions
You will not find many monuments at Kappad beach. But you can surely remind yourself of the glorious history of the place as you walk along. Standing in complete solitude is a stone pillar with these words inscribed : "Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498". Locals at Kappad call the place ‘Kappadavu’.

Further exploration in Kappade will make it evident that it was due to the superior quality of spices and Kerala’s abundant riches that traders were attracted. The Arabs, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Romans were among the early traders who arrived at Kappad. Later, the English also followed suit.

In a country of religions, it is no wonders coming across temples round the corner. Positioned on a rock at Kappad beach is a Devi Temple. The temple is one of the most ancient and is thought to be 800 years old. Would you miss a visit to this temple?

Reach the Beach
To get to the Kappad beach, you first need to fly to the Karipur International Airport (Kozhikode). The airport is at 23 km from the town of Kozhikode and is connected through regular flights to major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. It also has connecting flights to the countries of Middle East. After reaching Kozhikode, take a drive to arrive at Kappad beach, at 16 km from Kozhikode.