Kappad Beach : 16 km from Kozhikode, Kerala, the historic beach of Kappakadavu is the place where Vasco da Gama landed 27th of May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels and was credited with discovering a sea route to India. The rock-studded Kappad Beach is known for the sprawling rock that protruding into the sea with an 800-year-old temple on its top. A solitary pillar stands here as a testimony to Vaso da Gama’s success as testified by the inscription on it which says, ‘Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498’. The sea is calm here and it is one of the most charming of Kerala’s beaches. Often described in the history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar Coast, it has been more than 500 years now since Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese navigator landed here to create a new chapter in the history of maritime, Kerala and India.
In his times, Kozhikode was the most important trade centre of the Malabar region its rulers, Zamorins were considered powerful and shrewd. The spices and wealth of Malabar attracted the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala and earned it the name of ‘Golden Bird’. Kappad has been a silent witness to many such landings. The best way to reach Kappad is cruising through the untouched and quiet picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode through the Korappuzha River that embarks you at the beach. Kappad Beach is calm and serene dotted with country fishing boats.