Kozhikode (Calicut), the most important region of Malabar in yesteryears, was the capital of the powerful Zamorins and also a prominent trade and commerce center. Nestled in a idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and the peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district with the serene beaches, lush green countryside and historic sites Kozhikode has become a popular tourist destination.
Kappad Beach is located about 18 Km from Kozhikode in Kappad locally known as Kappakadavu. The beach is very calm with a stretch of rocks projecting into the sea. On the beach itself, there is a singularly large rock that juts out into the surf, upon which sits an 800-year-old temple. Kappad with the inviting Kappad beach and its fascinating rock formations is perfect for the beach lovers.
Kappad is famous as the beach near Kozhikode (Calicut), India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on May 20, 1498. His voyage established the sea route from Europe to India. Establishment of this route led to eventual domination and rule by the East India Company in India. A monument has been built on the beach in memory of this historic event.
Beypore with a beutiful beach and one of the oldest ports in Kerala is about 30 kms from Kappad. Beypore is famous for building wooden ships, called Dhows. These ships are usually bought by Arab merchants for trading and now used as tourist ships.
Thusharagiri Falls at about 50 kilometres from Kappad is located on the Chalippuzha River. Thusharagiri offers endless scope for trekking, rock climbing and wild life sanctuary visits.
Sri Mahaganapathi Temple
Sri Mahaganapathi Temple is among the popular temples located near Kappad dedicated to Lord Ganesha. An annual festival is held in the temple for two days and the local people perform traditional art forms of Kerala throughout the night.