Locally known as Kappadavu, Kappad beach is one of the main attractions of Kozhikode. A lush, serene beach shaded by inland palm trees, it has golden sands. Kappad is that beach on which the Portuguese navigator, Vasco-Da-Gama kept his foot when he arrived in Kerala, way back in the year 1498. This also led to the beginning of Portuguese influence in Kerala and Goa. Tourists can even spot colorful birds like sunbirds, drongos, egrets, and parakeets.
Things to do on Kappad Beach
Tourists can partake in a number of activities on Kappad beach. Enjoying a boat ride to the placid backwaters is one of such interesting activities. If you love swimming, you will love being here. Enjoy different kinds of beach games such as volleyball, with your loved ones. Indulge in leisure walk here.
Another highlight here is a houseboat cruise on the waters of Kapapd River, sailing down to the backwaters for some peaceful moments. Indulge in shopping, sunbathing, and sightseeing. The shops and stalls near the beach sell garments and other interesting knick-knacks. Do not forget to get your hands on special wafer-thin Banana chips. The beach shacks here serve sumptuous vegetarian and seafood delicacies.
Sightseeing in and around Kappad Beach
Kappad beach is an ideal getaway from honeymooning couples, family vacationers and water sports lovers. There are a number of places in and around the beach that are worth-visiting:
Kappd Backwaters - The backwaters at Kappad are a labyrinth of canals, lakes and lagoons with placid waters and immense natural beauty. Opt for a houseboat ride here, along with a cruise down the river Kallai and Elathur Channel for some wonderful views.
Pookot Lake - Located just half a km away from the main city, Pookot is a fresh water lake, surrounded by the thick trees, making the views green and soothing.
Short rides at Kappad - The beach is enveloped by a peaceful village where the fishermen of the region have their houses. Enjoy a ride to this this village to interact with the locals, to enjoy the sight of white lotus floating in ponds and their daily lifestyle. The village also has 800-yr old Hindu temple.
Thusharagiri Water Falls - Around 50 km away from Kozhikode, Thusharagiri waterfalls is a popular attraction of the region. A wonderful picnic spot, the surroundings are blessed with greenery.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary - Equally amid locals and tourists, Kadalundi bird sanctuary is home to both resident as well as migratory birds. The sanctuary is just km away from Kappad. Sand piper, whimbrels, gulls, and terns are some of the avifauna species that can be spotted here.
Nearest railway station : Kozhikode railway station (35 km).
Nearest airport : Calicut International Airport (45 km).