Vypeen Island

Puthuvype Beach

Explore Vypeen Island: An Idyllic Haven for Nature Lovers near Ernakulam

Vypeen Island, nestled in the serene landscapes of Kerala’s Ernakulam district, beckons nature enthusiasts with its tranquil charm. Picture yourself gliding through meandering canals, accompanied by the melodic quacks of ducks and the lively chorus of birdsong. Experience the enchanting sight of vibrant fishing boats gently swaying on the water, framed by swaying palm trees and the diligent work of local fishermen mending their nets. Every now and then, catch glimpses of majestic ships passing by, playful dolphins frolicking in the waves, or a myriad of waterfowl adorning the picturesque scenery.

This island sanctuary, spanning approximately 25 kilometers, traces its origins back to a powerful flood in 1341 and lies merely 5 kilometers from Ernakulam city. Historically, Vypeen thrived as a haven for a small fishing community until the 16th century when the Portuguese made their mark on its shores. The Portuguese legacy endures through landmarks like the Pallipuram Fort, one of India’s oldest European forts, and in the unique dialect spoken by some Anglo-Indians, blending Malayalam with early forms of Portuguese Creole—a testament to cultural exchange. Presently, the Goshree Bridge seamlessly connects Vypeen to the bustling city of Kochi.

Vypeen boasts some of Kochi’s most breathtaking beaches, including Kuzhupilly, Puthuvype, Cherai, and Munambam. The Munambam Fishing Harbour, a bustling hub of Kochi’s fishing industry, is also nestled on the island. Enriching its cultural tapestry are temples like the Elamkunnapuzha Subrahmanya Temple, Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple, Cherai Temple, and Pallathamkulangara Bhagavathy Temple, each holding stories of centuries past waiting to be discovered.

Planning Your Excursion to Vypeen Island:

  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (approximately 29 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Town Railway Station (approximately 20 km)
  • Nearest Bus Station: Fort Kochi Bus Station (approximately 16 km)

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