Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kapu - A historical beach
The word Kapu means a reserved or protected area, possibly derived from the protected status of area during the period of regal armies. Possibly, an army of soldiers was kept at Kapu area during historical period when Udyavara was under the rule of Kings. The verb ‘Kapu’ in Tulu also means to wait.
The ruins of Kap Battery (of cannons) can be seen close to the Lighthouse. The battery is probably one of the many such batteries established by Tippu Sultan in the region. One small brook passing between fort & light house because of that fort side beach is generally empty. The beaches here are silvery with a breath taking view of the ocean.
In my last visit I climbed 30 feet high Battery with my friend Ashok it was a great adventure to climb such a steep rock without rope or any tools. Still we can see some ruined parts on top. Sitting western edge of the rock and watching gushing sea was really mesmerizing experience. From top we can glimpse stunning view of the light-house.
Kaup beach is 12kms from Udupi and has a little light house located on its public beach. The light house was built in 1901 during the British rule and is 27 m (89 ft) high above the base and has for these many years stood on the rocks guiding thousands of sailors and warning the presence of dangerous rocks.
The second order optic and PV light source with 55mm burner was commissioned in April 1901.The equipment was supplied by M/s. Chance Bros. Birmingham. The lighthouse is open for visitors between 4PM to 6PM and the panoramic view offered is magnificent the view from the top is well worth the climb. There are approximately 120 steps on the winding stair way. It takes 3 - 5 min to leisurely reach the top.
The Southern side beach was always overrun by tourists and It is not well maintained, broken bottles and plastics lie all around. Refreshments are sold at the entrance. Presence of rocks in the coastline makes the sea rough and one can get a good feel of the power of Arabian Sea in its crushing waves.
Top of this rocks in Kapu allow sunset to view for the best shots, sit on the rocks and hold hands with your best one and hear the ocean in seashell, feel the waves as they crashed down onto the golden sand before the sun goes down will make you a romantic evening ever in a green background. The sun was just beginning to go down, and the sun was starting to reflect off of the water and make shine and the water turn a mixture of orange and blue that was beautiful, just like it was every day.