Kappad (or Kappakadavu) is a town and beach located 16 Km from Kozhikode in Kerala India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama and his 170 strong crew first landed on May 27, 1498, after discovering the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope .
A small stone monument there commemorates the landing with the inscription, "Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498."
Known as the gateway to the Malabar coast Kappad had already witnessed the arrival of Arab, Phoenican, Greek, Roman, Portuguese Dutch and English traders. It was here the European traders arrived in their search for spices. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old.
Currently it is one of the more important tourist places in Kerala, with a wide and beautiful beach; ideal for swimming or just lazing in the sun; Relatively undeveloped, this beach still retains the pristine charm of yore.
Kappad Beach is located 16 Km from Kozhikode, it’s a rock studded beach with a pleasant view. Kappad is the place where Vasco da Gama was believed to have been landed in 1498 along with 170 men. At that time Kozhikode was the most important trade center of the Malabar region.
The history tell that it was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala. Kappad has witnessed many such landings. On the rocks there is a temple which is believed to be some 800 years old. Kappad is easily accessible by rail and road, while the best way to reach here is along the backwaters of Kozhikode.
Getting to Kappad
The nearest railway station is Kozhikode
The nearest airport is Karipur International Airport which is 23 Km from Kozhikode.