Kappad

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Kappad
Kappakadavu
village
Kappad Beach
Kappad Beach
Kappad is located in Kerala
Kappad
Kappad
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 11°23′6″N 75°43′3″E / 11.38500°N 75.71750°E / 11.38500; 75.71750Coordinates: 11°23′6″N 75°43′3″E / 11.38500°N 75.71750°E / 11.38500; 75.71750
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kozhikode
Talukas Koyilandy
Languages
 • Official

Malayalam, [[English

language|English]]
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 673304
Telephone code 91496

Kappad, or Kappakadavu locally, is a famous beach near Kozhikode (Calicut), India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on May 20, 1498. His voyage established the sea route from the Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent presence of various European merchant companies, leading to eventual domination and rule by the East India Company and later the period of British colonial rule.

History[edit]

Kappad Beach @ the time of Sunset
For the people of Kozhikode, this pleasant stretch of rock studded beach is Kappakkadavu.
Kappad Beach (Kerala-2008).jpg

A small stone monument commemorates the landing by Vasco da Gama with the inscription, "Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498." His expedition gave the Europeans a sea route to reach the wealth of the Malabar Coast, and resulted in European domination of India for about 450 years. At that time Malabar was ruled by the Zamorins (Samoothiris, spoken locally) who gave a warm welcome to Gama. Malabar was abundant in spices, and produced a calico textile. Currently it is one of the most important tourist places in Kerala, with a wide and beautiful beach.

Economy[edit]

In 2007 a R.s. 1.5-crore program to beautify the beach was launched by Tourism Minister [[Kodiyeri Balakrishnan]]. Now it is completed and Kappad beach has a beautiful corniche and park. The park includes a rest room, restaurant and seating. [1]

Transport[edit]

Getting there:

Nearest railway station is Kozhikode, about 16 km. Nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 23 km from Kozhikode town. Private transport buses are available from the main bus stand. Or you can reach the spot by alighting Thiruvangoor en route of National Highway 66 (Old 17) between Calicut and Vadakara.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Project to beautify Kappad beach The Hindu, Jan 12, 2007