If you love being close to beaches, the best option is to visit Kappad from Bangalore during the weekend. Locally known as Kappakadavu, Kappad is very popular for its beaches. It is that historic beach town where Vaso-da-Gama, the Portuguese traveler set his foot on, when he landed in India in 1498. Placed along the Konkan coast, this town has some monuments in regard to the same. Have a memorable vacation with your loved ones in the serene ambiance of Kappad. The most popular attraction here is the Kappad beach, which is flocked by tourists from all around the world. Treat your eyes to the pristine beauty of yellow sand and a number of rocks spread around. You can also visit the fishing villages set along the coast.
How to Reach Kappad from Bangalore
The nearest railway station to Kappad is in Kozhikode that is placed at a distance of 20.4 km away. You can board a train from Bangalore to Kozhikode (Calicut). Once you are at the station, you can rent a cab or board a bus to Kappad.
The nearest airport is located in Kozhikode, which is around 45 km from the town of Kappad. For those who are arriving by air, this is the best option as they are frequent flights to the airport from many parts of the country. Taxis from the airport are the best way to reach the place. They cost around Rs 300 for the trip.
The best option is to hire a taxi from Bangalore as Kappad. Drive along the well-maintained national highway. You can take a deviation from Thamarassery (after Wayanad) towards Balusseri or Ulliyeri to arrive at Kappad. The other option is to go on driving on the Calicut highway towards Kazhikode and then you finally arrive in Kappad. The other option for you is to go aboard a state-run or a private bus.
Attractions in Kappad
The sandy beach of Kappad is popular amidst locals as well as tourists because of its beauty and being the places where the Portuguese traveler, Vasco-da-Gama first set his foot during his visit to India. Placed nearby is a small stone monument saying that he came here in 1498. Indulge in fun activities at the beach, take a leisure walk and enjoy the beautiful sunset view.
Sri Mahaganapathi Temple
Dedicated to Lord Ganehsa, The Sri Mahaganapathi Temple is one of the most famous attractions in the beach town of Kappad. The annual festival, organized every year with great enthusiasm in the temple complex is a major crowd puller. This is the best time to attend several folk dance and art performances including performances of Theyyam art form, on the second day of the festival.
A serene fresh water lake, Pookot Lake is bounded by verdant green thick forests, with the lush hill ranging forming its backdrop. Treat your eyes to the rich flora and fauna spread all around. Tourists can enjoy picnics and can indulge in fishing here. DO not miss boat riding on the calm lake waters.
Kappad Backwaters Cruises
Backwater Cruises are a major attraction Kappad and undoubtedly is the best way to explore the beauty of the nature of the region. Treat your eyes to the coconut palm groves, the villagers indulged in their daily activities, colorful birds and much more. Fishermen launching their cockleshell boats is the other interesting view. While cruising on the serene backwaters, also marvel at the beautiful sight of lotuses.
You can indulge in a number of adventure activities at the beautiful Kappad Beach. If you wish, you can simply relax at the beach, take a leisure walk, partake in boat riding and swimming, lie on your back and enjoy sunbathing. If water sports are of your interest, there is a lot for you. You can partake in a number of activities such as banana boat ride, speed boat ride, water scooter, parasailing and so on.