Around 16 km away from the main Kozhikode town, Kappad beach is a serene beach, which was discovered during the 15th century by Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer. Away from the chaos of the city, this beach is ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Unique rock formations are scattered on all sides. Some of these rocks even protrude from the sea.
The beach is lined by swaying coconut trees and silver-colored sand glistens on the beach.One of the most popular beached in Calicut, it is also known as Kappakadavu beach. The beach is quite famed for its serene surrounding and abundant natural beauty.
One of the prime attractions near the Kappad beach is an 800-yr old temple. In the vicinity, there are breathtaking backwaters, fishing hamlets and verdant scenery. Visit to the Kappad beach is one of the best things to in Calicut.
Activities on Kappad Beach
There are a number of activities that can be done on Kappad beach. You can enjoy swimming, take a boat ride, or partake in beach games with your loved ones. Houseboat cruise on River Kappad towards the Kozhikode backwaters is the other option. If you wish to relax then you can enjoy shopping and sunbathing. Also, there are a number of beach shacks that serve sumptuous sea food and other cuisines, along with a vast variety of beverages. The beach is quite close to a number of markets, where you can get your hands on souvenirs.
Places to Visit
Perfect for newly-wedded couples, adventure enthusiasts and water lovers, Kappad beach boasts of several allures. Here are some popular to visit around Kappad beach:
Kappd Backwaters - A labyrinth of canals, lakes and lagoons, Kappad backwaters are perfect for spending some peaceful memorable moments, along with your loved ones. Cruising on the plaid backwaters is an amazing experience. Savor the stunning lush surroundings and soak-in the peace. This experience can also be summed up with a boat ride on Elathur and Kallai river channels.
Short cruises at Kappad - Enjoy an exciting ride to the village side to get a sneak-peak into the lifestyle of the fishermen of the sea. See the places from where they launch their cockleshell boats. Notice the white lotuses floating in the pond and women indulged in their daily chores.
Pookot Lake- Pookot Lake is a fresh water lake, enveloped by shaded trees. This is an ideal place for organizing family picnics.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary - Home to several kinds of resident as well as migratory birds, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is just 25 km away from the Kappd beach. Enjoy bird watching here. Some of the bird species found here are whimbrels, gulls, terns and sand pipers.
Thusharagiri Water Falls - Around 50 km from the beach, this is waterfall is a popular attraction here. Ideal for a family hangout, the place is surrounded by greenery and tranquility.
Some of the other popular tourist attractions are Krishna Menon Museum, The Art Gallery, Mananchira Square and Pazhassiraja Museum.
How to Reach
Nearest railway station:Kozhikode railway station, (around 35 km)
Nearest airport:Calicut International Airport, (around 45 km)
Best Time to Visit - October to March