This little sea faring town is a haven for the tourists. The best route to
Kappad is along the backwaters. Kappad finds mention in history and
geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar coast. The historic beach of
Kappad is remembered as the one where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of
May 1498 with 170 men in three vessels, thus discovering a sea route to
The rock-studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting
feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea.
The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old. A solitary pillar
commemorates the event with the inscription, "Vasco da Gama landed
here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498". The sea here is placid and
seemingly untouched by history or time.
The 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.
To the tourist, however, this little sea faring town is a haven. The best
route to Kappad is along the backwaters. Un-spoilt and un-crowded, the
picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offers a bewitching experience. A ride
down the backwaters through the Korappuzha river brings you to the beach.
Prime Attractions of Kappad