Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Here, on 27th May 1498, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history; the story of a long and momentous socio-political relationship between India and Europe.This rock studded beach with golden sands is a tourists paradise.
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. Kozhikode was then the most important trade centre of the Malabar region and the Zamorins who ruled this mighty land were powerful and shrewd. Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam towards south.
Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old.
A good way to reach Kappad would be through the back waters of Korapuzha ,where you could travel in a boat thru the river to reach Kappad.Alternatively you could hire a cab from Calicut city(precisely 19 kilometres from Harivihar where we are located) .There are life guards on the beach and they notify when it is unsafe to swim.
A short ride north of Kappad takes you to the Thikkodi light house(you can see the light house at a distance from Kappad beach) and the Oliver ridley turtle conservatory close to Payyoli ,near Thikkodi.Further north ,visit the Sargalaya arts and craft village where you observe local craftsmen engaged in their arts.Another interesting place nearby is Parapally ,a scenic hillock facing the Arabian sea with an ancient jaram (muslim shrine) at the top.