Kappad Beach, steeped in history …

A calm and clear seashore nearby the famous Kozhikode city (North Kerala)… that’s Kappad. But more than its golden sand-bed or swimming-friendly waters, what makes this ‘beach beauty’ well known is its crucial part in the history of India !

It was at Kappad (‘Kappkadavu’ in local) that the legendary Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama and his crew landed – for the very first time in Kerala – in 1498 (almost 510 years ago). This was incidentally the first sea route from Europe to Indian subcontinent.

Since ancient times Malabar’s (North Kerala region) immense spice wealth attracted traders from far and wide. Jews, Arabs, Chinese, Greek… all were trading partners of Malabar for long, and Europeans, after laborious exploration thru the seas, finally discovered a route to this lucrative land. Vasco Da Gama’s arrival at Kappad was a turning point in Kerala’s (and India’s) history. Arrival of more Naval powers, struggles for colonial supremacy, European domination in India’s sea-coasts for centuries .… all followed suit.

In spite of being a gateway to Kozhikode, at a time when Navy ruled the world, Kappad remains as a silent unscathed seashore town with just a simple memorial – depicting Gama’s arrival – about the place’s historical significance.

As ports like Kochi and Kozhikode took over the trading / commercial activities, Kappad now rivals other seashores in the state as a prime beach destination.

Description of Kappad’s beauty won’t be complete without mentioning its charming backwaters – a fact, little known for the outsiders…

Still not affected by urban modernization, Kappad’s backwaters are strong contenders with their counterparts in Alappuzha and Kollam (South Kerala) in terms of ‘visual treat’. A cruise – starting from backwaters, leading to the beach – is something special that only Kappad can offer.


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