|Kappad, the historic beach. It is the
beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May, 1498
with 170 men in three vessels, thus discovering a sea
route to India.
The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu.
An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling
rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock
is believed to be 800 years old.
A solitary pillar commemorates the event with the inscription,
"Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappakadavu, in the year
1498". The sea here is placid and seemingly untouched
by history or time.