Kappad Tourism

Kappad Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Kozhikode
Kappad is a famous beach of Malabar Coast in the district of Calicut, of the state of Kerala in India, located about 16 km from Kozhikode town. It is also known by the name of the Kappakadavu, locally. It is situated on the banks of the Korapuzha River.

Kappad Beach is a beautiful beach which has rocks covered with moss. This beach is also known for its clear blue water, golden sand and its fishing hamlets. The place is bliss and attracts numerous tourists every year. Presently, it is one of the important tourist places in Kerala.

Kappad also finds its importance in the Indian history. This is the place where Vasco d Gamma, a Portuguese explorer landed when he discovered India in 1498. At that time Malabar was ruled by the Zamorins who warmly welcomed Vasco da Gama.

This was a great event in the history of India, as the world was made aware about India and its prosperity. This route gave the access to the Europeans to the Indiaís wealth. Later they stayed here for 450 years. To commemorate the landing of Vasco d gamma, a small stone monument is built there with the inscription, Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498.

The main reason why Europeans was attracted to Malabar was the abundance of spices and calico textile. Kerala is still one of the largest producer and exporter of the spices. Pepper cardamom and cloves are its main products.

Kappad is also known for its Ayurvedic treatments. It has many Ayurvedic centres which offer numerous Ayurvedic health and holiday facilities to the people.  Visitors come here from different parts of the world to enjoy Ayurvedic massages and herbal treatments.

Kappad offers places to visit such as Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai River. All of them are close to the beach and considered ideal places for boating and water activities.

An ancient, 800 year old temple, on the rocks close by, is devoted to a local God in the vicinity. This place attracts a lot of devotees and visitors. Apart from the religious significance it is also known as historical and architectural splendour.  Kappad is best visited during winter, as it relatively milder. Monsoon season is not a good time as the rainfall is extensive.

Kappad is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kalpetta and Thalassery.

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Moideen Kutty

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice beach area in Kerala"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2016
I studied in Kappad for 6 years, Kappad is most attracting tourist place in Kerala by its attracting shows on see. Beach is fulfilled by light bulbs and trees with attracting seats inside beach. Sunset on the sea is most beautiful sight on the Kappad. Many of tourists coming from different countries to watch sunset.

There is a resort named Vasco Da Gama near beach, it is built for tourists coming from other countries. We can see many of fishing boats and other boats on seashore daily.
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Sandeep k Nair

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"The most silent sea"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2015
I know different kind of beaches but Kappad is very different from other beaches. Because there were no noise, we can sit there peacefully, so I like Kappad very much. We can go there with our family members and our wife, children and lover. Have lots of pine trees, its give a good atmosphere.
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Sudesh Bhosle

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Kappad, where history begins with Vasco Da Gama"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2015
Perhaps an unsung destination so far. Little known to travellers except the ones who got a passion for history. The beach has been developed a lot now thanks to DTPC Calicut which is doing a lot of activities to promote this historic destination. The nearest city is Calicut which is around 20 kms from here. The beach is very neat and well kept. The nearby town is Pookad where you can visit Pookad Kalalayam. Pookad Kalalayam was started in 1974 with a mission to impart train and promote cultural activities in this area. Training is given here for many arts forms including traditional folk and drama.
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Sunil Kunnoth

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  • Sunil Kunnoth
  • Lives in Kozhikode
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"Kappad, an enchanting & historic beach"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2015
If you love beach and history, do visit Kappad in Kozhikode/Calicut. A beautiful beach with rocks projecting into the sea and the enchanting surrounding with the total greenery, Kappad is a fine excursion spot. The village is so calm and serene offering you a pleasant feel or temptation to spend a night there. The front side beach resort will help you to have that great experience. The comforting thing is that the beach is still unspoilt and non-crowded. It is just 16 km away from Calicut city and the road is in excellent condition. There is a park here. Spend a few time there and proceed further to enjoy the real charm. The beach is at its best display near the temple situated on the rock. Vasco da Gama landed here in 1498 and that was the beginning of European invasion to India.
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Ramakrishna Bk

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"A city with peaceful beach"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2015
Kappad is located near Kozhikode. It has a very good beach and is very peaceful. But you will see very strong waves. You can see more people in this beach only in the evening. It will be mostly empty otherwise. You will see a very few shops selling ice creams and snacks. But, do not expect a full fledged restaurant near the beach. There are a couple of good beach resorts in Kappad. We were staying in one of them.
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"Beach lover's paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 19, 2013
Reaching Kappad is a bit 'Hide-n-seek' unless you have a guide or patience. But worth the worry. it is the best beach. Iíve visited ever. I cannot describe the peace & tranquility you feel while in that calm beach. The best ever.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not much of activities to do nearby. Or should I say the beach is so mesmerizing you will prefer being there. Food is good. Continental is always a best bet.

Activities & things to do: Not much of activities to do nearby. However, you can prefer to visit other nearby beach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: First & foremost try and find a closest way to reach Kappad town. It will save you a heaven's time.
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Maju Mohan

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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2013
It is a historical place where Gama set his foot.. Not so much rather than this.. Beach is nice to sit in evening times..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: no comments

Activities & things to do: If you go to Thalassery beach you can drive your car..

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: no comments ,,,
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Geetendra Hegde

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"Peaceful at Kappad Beach"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
Kappad beach area is for people who donot want to among the crowd specially during holidays. I had being to Kappad beach with Family (stayed at Liberty House) during Dec'2012 christmas holidays and believe me, we had just had couple of more families around us for whole of the beach for most of the 4 days of our stay. Main kappad beach is maintained and a park has being developed around the Kappad beach resort. Overall very pleasant stay.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kappad town is around 25km from the Kozhikode city, so if you looking for different kinds of food (Calicut is known of various sea food delicacies) or even shopping, you will have to hit the city. though kappad has its own share of small eateries and shops along the highway. Most of the places of interest like the Baypore, Lighthouse, Sargalaya ( Kerala Govt. promoted factory outlets) are in that 25 km radius either way, so you can plan accordingly.

Activities & things to do: Kappad is not a place where you would like to see yourself busy, all the activities would be around enjoying the vast strech of beaches at leisure. Apart from that you could do some local shopping, you could also visit the govt aquarium near the Kozhikode beach and the tortoise nursery on the way.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Kappad town is well connected, as the Chemancheri railway station is nearby. but preferred driving from Bangalore as Kappad is along the national highway and is roads are well maintained. So if you are driving from Bangalore, remember to take the deviation from Thamarassery (after Wayanad) towards Balusseri/Ulliyeri to reach Kappad. Otherwise you can continue on the Calicut highway to Kazhikode town and then reach Kappad, but that length of the highway has lot of heavy traffic most of the time and you may spend a additional hour on road. Visiting Kappad in Winters or rainy season is most advisable to avoid the sultry coastal heat. DO enjoy your stay.
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