Hi! I'am back with the final part of Entey Keralam. This time I would like to talk about a road trip we took from Kannur to Calicut.
We have quite a few relatives in Calicut and visiting them was the main reason behind our trip. Along with TnA, my youngest sister Nadee and our Mom accompanied me. We had a really good time Masha Allah. We met all the relatives we were planning to, got to do some shopping at Jayalakshmi (their saree collection is amazing) and were also treated with some yummy fish biryani by my sister Noorie's Mother and Sister-in-law. Nothing beats a home made fish biryani, right?
Our initial plan was to visit Muzhappilangad beach on our way back to Kannur. However, by the time we were done with Calicut, it was quite late and there just wasn't enough time to reach there in time for sunset. So we went to Kappad instead.
There are plenty of beaches in Kerala and one better than the other. Kappad was fairly clean and had seating with shelters. Like us, there were plenty of families. We had some mango pickles (vendor not pictured here) that are still etched in my memory. A Kozhikodan friend of mine says that there is a tiny place nearby that makes yummy omelettes. Make sure you feed yourself with some spicy omelettes if you are at Kappad. And remember me when you do.
Apart from the fact that Vasco Da Gama landed there, I don't know much about Kappad beach. But here are some facts that Kerala Tourism shares on their website: -
For the people of Kozhikode, this pleasant stretch of rock-studded beach is Kappakkadavu. To the tourist it is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches. Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Here, 501 years ago on 27th May 1498, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history; the story of a long and tumultuous socio-political relationship between India and Europe.
It was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala. Kappad has witnessed many such landings. Kozhikode was then the most important trade centre of the Malabar region and the Zamorins who ruled this mighty land were powerful and shrewd. Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam towards south.
Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old.
To the tourist, this little seafaring town is a haven. The best route to Kappad is along the backwaters. Unspoilt and uncrowded, the picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offer a bewitching experience. A ride down the backwaters through the Korappuzha river brings you to the beach.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 16 km.
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 23 km from Kozhikode town.
Have you been to Kappad or any other beach in Kerala? I would love to hear about your experience.