Kappad is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches. It located 16 KM north of Calicut city and 28 KM away from Calicut International Airport. Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the GATEWAY to the KERALA. The great Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into this port to create a new chapter in history. It was the spices and wealth of Malabar attracted Europeans to here. Before the arrival of Europeans, Arabs dominated the international trade with this region. Phoenicans,Greeks, Romans, Portuguese, Dutch and the English arrived to Kerala for trading. Kozhikode was then the most important trade centre of the Malabar. A stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. The pleasant, calm beach is studded with rocks. An intriguing feature of this beach is a sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea and has a temple on it. The temple is believed to be 800 years old.