Kerala's Kappad Beach wins Blue Flag Certification: Here's why

Kappad beach in Kozhikode is believed to be the place where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in India on his first voyage. File Photo

Kerala's historically significant Kappad Beach in Kozhikode, which is believed to be the place where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in India on his first voyage, has just won global recognition. Kerala Tourism Department announced that the beach has been awarded the 'Blue Flag certification,' which recognises that it is one of the cleanest beaches in the world. The certification, awarded by the Foundation of Environment Education in Denmark, recognises the eco-friendly initiatives on the beach. Kappad had won the recognition in 2020 as well. 

Kerala Tourism wrote on its Instagram page, "Kerala’s Kappad Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag certification, signalling its status as one of the world’s cleanest beaches. Awarded by the Foundation For Environment Education, Denmark, the certification is in recognition of Kappad’s eco-friendly initiatives such as utilization of solar energy, efficient waste management practices, and the preservation of local biodiversity. Nestled in the North Kerala coast at Kozhikode, Kappad Beach is also historically important as this is where Vasco da Gama landed on his first voyage to India."

The beach has been a popular tourist destination for local and global tourists, and it offers a serene environment with its sandy shores and coconut groves. Here are the interesting spots you get to check out on the beach:
Vasco da Gama monument: The beach has a stone monument to commemorate the arrival of the Portuguese explorer, on his first voyage to India in 1498. Gama's arrival is considered to have opened the sea route from Europe to the East, changing the course of history.

The backwaters nearby: The beach also has backwaters nearby, where boat rides may be available for those interested in a peaceful ride enjoying scenic views. There is also a beach park in the area, where people engage in strolls. 
Stunning sunset: Like most beaches here, Kappad also offers stunning sunset views over the Arabian Sea. It's also one of the reasons why it's the haven of both professional photographers and amateur shutterbugs. 

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