This pleasant stretch of rock-studded seashore is one of the most charming of Kerala’s seashores.
Kappad is often known as the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Around 501 years ago, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kappad to create a new chapter in the Indian history. The wealth and spices of Malabar attracted the Arabs, the Romans, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Portuguese, the English and the Dutch to Kerala. Kappad has witnessed so many such historical landings.
Kozhikode was the most important do business centre of the constituency and the Zamorins who ruled it were shrewd and powerful. Though the Portuguese were warmly welcomed by the state, they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by Zamorins. This could be one of the reasons why they shifted base to Kollam and Kochi. Only a few stone monuments mark this historic place at Kozhikode. On the rocks nearby the seashore is a temple, believed to be almost 800 years old.