10 Kms South Of Kozhikode, Kerala
Formerly Famous for: Ship Building Industry
Important Feature: Bridge Built Of Stone
Located at the Mouth of : Chaliyar River
Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre.
Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for its ship building industry. The boat building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru, the traditional Arabian trading vessel.
The Beypore Beach has a bridge built nearly 2 kms into the sea. It is actually made up of huge stones piled together for nearly 2 kms making a pathway into the sea.
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.
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 down 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, however, this little sea faring town is a haven. The best
route to Kappad is along the backwaters.
Unspoilt and uncrowded, the picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offers a bewitching experience. A ride down the backwaters through the Korappuzha river brings you to the beach.