|Nestling in the wonderful backwaters of Kozhikode, the Kappad Beach, with its golden beaches and blue seas, is also a site of great historical importance. An important trade center since time immemorial, Kappad Beach gained further importance as the "Gateway to the Malabar", when the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama became the first European to set foot on the soft sands of the Kappad Beach.
So a visit to the Kappad Beach, apart from fun, play and excitement, also leads you to the many historical sites dotting the beach and the city of Kozhikode. Step on the sands that once bore the footprints of the first Europeans to come to India by sea. The Kappad Beach has a modest stone monolith marking the site of Vasco Da Gama's disembarkation. If you are interested in more history, visit the rocky outcrops on the beach, where you will see a temple almost 8 centuries old, heralding its importance by the massive rocky carvings on the walls.
The Kappad Beach is a haven of peace and tranquility for the visitor. As you step around the scattered shells, you may be able to see the traditional Kerala boats sailing back into the harbor after a day's fishing. The tall green palm groves, sheltering many a fishing hamlet, is a feast for the eyes.
The Kappad Beach is also close to the backwaters of Kozhikode. So you can combine your Kappad Beach Tour with a backwater tour of Kozhikode. Take a cruise down the Korapphuzha River, and then walk the rest of the way to the Kappad Beach.
Or visit the town of Kozhikode, 20 kilometers away. Visit the forts and palaces of the Zamorin rulers of Kozhikode, and take in the sights and sounds of its bustling bazaars, and click pictures as you carry away the memories from your Kappad Beach Tours.
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