Kappad Beach, located about 16 km from Kozhikode town, is a clean beach which provides safe waters for enjoying the swim. A plaque set on a pillar, on this beach, says that on his first visit to Kerala, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama landed on this beach on May 27, 1498. Nevertheless, many historians believe that even if he had anchored his ship at this beach, he had landed at the close by port, Pandalayani Kollam.
This amusing stretch of rock-studded beach is one of the most fascinating beaches of Kerala. The beach holds a place in history and geography texts as the doorway to the Malabar Coast. As mentioned earlier, here, Vasco da Gama had landed along with 170 men, around 501 years ago to create a new chapter in history, which initiated the socio-political relationship between India and Europe.
The spices and wealth of Malabar was the chief reason that first brought in the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese and later the Dutch and the English to Kerala. Throughout the history of Kappad, it has witnessed several such landings. At that period, Kozhikode was considered as the most significant trade centre of the Malabar. Even when the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not much supported by the Zamorins, who were ruling the land then. That might have led the Portuguese to shift their base to Kochi and Kollam towards south.