Kappad Beach has seen it all- from the powerful Zamorins rule, the Portuguese, Dutch and Roman approaches to the gradual shift of the place from a center of activities to an isolated spot for enjoyment and relaxation. Also known as Kappakkadavu beach, Kappad is a splendid beach ideal with a bit of history and loads of laidback relaxing time.
Known as the gateway to Malabar Coast, Kappad beach is located at a distance of 16km from Kozhikode town. The region was initially ruled by the powerful Zamorins and grew in stature owing to the spice trade and the great wealth that attracted the greeks, Romans, Dutch, Portuguese and Arabs. This is the very port where Vasco De Gama landed with his 170 sailors marking the beginning of 500 year old trade relationship between India and Portugal which continues till date. There is not much by means of historical significance that reveals its glorious past apart from a stone pillar with the inscription " Vasco De Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498" carved on it.
Keeping the history part aside, Kappad Beach is now a tranquil beach destination more than suitable to spend some moments of solitude. Spend leisure time here away from cities mad rush and just reflecting back, observing the peace and aura of the place. The waves crashing against the rock studded beach, sea gulls flying and falling into the sea to catch the pray, and the cool sea breeze blowing across your body. Its golden beach is clean and less crowded, making it all the more suitable.
Apart from the beach itself, visitors are treated with a slice of History and religion via the 800 years old temple dedicated to Devi situated nearby. Located atop a rock, this ancient temple just walking distance away is more than worth visiting. Another major attraction is the famous Kozhikode backwater cruise with the Kallai River and Canoli Canal located close to the Beach. Overall, Kappad Beach is a must see for anyone visiting Kozhikode.
How to reach
By Rail: Kozhikode railway station is the nearest one at 16 km
By Air: Cochin International Airport at about 23 km is the nearest one
By Waterways: A pleasant boat cruise upon the Karappuzha River backwaters shall be taken to reach here.