So this is my first official entry as a part of the Kerala travelogue series, where I will try and describe the different places of interest that I have visited during my stay in Kozhikode.
I think it is only appropriate to begin with the historically significant Kappad Beach. What is it's significance? Well, this little place is the real gateway to India! The place where the portugese explorer Vasco da Gama first set foot in India on May 20, 1498.
However, my own journey to this place was a lot less planned than Vasco da Gama's. It was a late Saturday night and we had just wasted a precious holiday at K, lazying about. So at 2AM in the night we suddenly realize we have to go somewhere. Kappad beach is the first place the uninitiated in our Kampus go to, so be it for us as well. We ordered for a cab at around 2:30 in the night ( this is normal around here), gathered a bunch of the batchmates and at 4:30AM, we were off to Kappad.
Kappad is around 40 KM from Kunnamangalam where our campus is situated, a 45-60 minutes drive in the early hours of morning.
I hadn't visited many beaches before. The ones I did were mostly dirty, crowded and commercialized. But, Kappad was different maybe because the our driver took us to a less frequented spot where we could enjoy the beach for ourselves. It wasn't a sunny day, on the contrary when we arrived it had started to rain. It wasn't exactly like what I had imagined (influenced by the beaches shown on Baywatch :P). But, standing in front of a vast ocean with nothing in sight for miles is an incredible feeling altogether.
The beach itself was grainy and the sand was full of broken minuscules of sea shells. The waves that they were strong and all excited we went head on to it. We splashed and we crashed as the water came towering upon us. When the waves hit you, it can knock you off your feet and sometimes knock your glasses of your face, a fact that I unfortunately realized too late as the waves took my SQUARE RIMMED glasses with them! A great loss indeed. ( Glasses you shall be missed!)
There were giant boulders lying around in the beach and the giant waves hitting them reminded one of the old R.L. Stevenson stories.The part of the beach we stopped at had a huge rock overlooking the sea. We all trekked up to it and relaxed as the light rain drizzled upon us.
While coming down I decided to be adventurous and went towards a part of the rock where the waves were hitting really hard. I wanted to stand there and 'feel' the waves. But, as it happened when i got there, a huge wave hit at the precise moment bringing along with it a Crab which almost hit my face. So much for adventure, I ran back like Scooby doo after seeing a ghost.
Kappad beach is a great beach to relax specially on a sunny day. We'll probably make another trip there sometime soon and this time we'll definitely take a look at the actual stone where Vasco da Gama is said to have stood.