COLONIALISM CAME TO INDIA through Malabar, the place was Kappad and the year was 1498. What followed was the subjugation of a people, the sea keeping the doors open for the invaders. Being a producer of unique products of high foreign demand such as pepper, cardamom and sandalwood, it has been an integral part in the Indian Ocean trade circuit right from the time of ancient Rome. The Malabar Coast, throughout recorded history, right from 3000 BC, had been a major trading center in commercial intercourse with Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Jerusalem and the Arabs. It has old and still functional port cities, notably Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kannur (Cannanore), Oddeway Torre settlement (both part of Danish India), which have served as centres of the Indian Ocean trade, for centuries. Because of their orientation to the sea and to maritime commerce, the Malabar Coast cities feel very cosmopolitan, and hosted some of the first groups of Syrian Christians, Jews and Muslims in India.
Nature’s lush beauty awaits visitors at the Malabar Coast in India. Tropical vegetation, sun, surf and sand offer a paradise to explore. It is an area rich in history, deciduous rainforest, beautiful wildlife and pristine beaches. Backwater canals and lagoons interconnect along the 340 miles that are Malabar Coast. Fishing is a mainstay in this area, and dining on a fresh caught fish on the beach is quite an experience. Tour the backwater community by boat and see rice patties and locals in action as they go about daily activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy along the Malabar Coast.