Kappad

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Kappad
Kappakadavu
Village
The Vasco da Gama Memorial at Kappad
The Vasco da Gama Memorial at Kappad
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
Government
 • Body Grama Panchayat
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, and English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 673304
Telephone code 91496
ISO 3166 code IN-KL

Kappad, or Kappakadavu locally, is a beach near Kozhikode, in the district of the same name, Kerala, India.

"No one has tried to clear that misconception [that Vasco da Gama landed at Kappad]. The government has even installed a memorial stone at the Kappad beach. Actually [Vasco da] Gama landed at Panthalayini near Kollam in the [Kozhikode] district because there was a port there and Kozhikode did not have one. It does not have a port even now."[1]

M. G. S. Narayanan

Kappakkadavu

A stone monument installed by government commemorates the "landing" by Vasco da Gama with the inscription, 'Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year 1498'.

In 2007 a Rs. 1.5 crore program to beautify the beach was launched by [Kerala] Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. It is now completed and Kappad beach has a corniche and park. The park includes a restroom, restaurant and seating.[2]

The nearest major railway station is Koyilandy, about 10 km away from Kappad. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport (CCJ), which is about 25 km from the town of Kozhikode. Private transport buses are available from the main bus stand, or visitors can reach the beach by stopping at Thiruvangoor on National Highway 66 between Kozhikode and Vadakara.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vasco da Gama never landed at Kappad: M G S" [1] The Hindu FEBRUARY 06, 2017
  2. ^ Project to beautify Kappad beach The Hindu, 12 Jan 2007