Vypin Island in Kerala- a perfect quick weekend getaway

Vypin Island (also spelt as Vypeen Island) is one among a cluster of islands that form a part of Kochi. The Island sprawls across 27Kms of land. It is connected to Kochi City by a number of bridges called Goshree Bridges that have a starting point at Kalamukku in the Vypin Islands. These bridges connect to other Islands such as Bolghatty, Mulavukadu, Vallarpadam and end at Marine Drive in Kochi. One can also reach the Vypin Island via boat services available at fort Kochi, which ferry passengers every 15 minutes.

The Vypin Island traces its origin to the heavy floods in the year 1341. It used to be inhabited by a fishing community before the Portuguese invaded it in the 16th Century. The Portuguese are known to have introduced the Roman Catholic faith in India and the Vypin Island was no exception. They converted many people to Christianity and built many churches here. Under the Portuguese rule, this Island saw immense development and today it is one of the most densely populated islands.

Things to see in Vypin Islands

One among the many churches constructed by the Portuguese is the famous Church of our Lady of Hope. It is an important pilgrim centre for Christians of Ernakulum.

Another famous attraction here is the Pallipuram fort also known as Alikotta or Ayikkotta which was also by built by the Portuguese in the year 1503. Later in the year 1661, the Dutch captured this fort. It was then sold to the state of Travancore in the year 1789. It is said to be the oldest existing European fort in India.

Pallippuram Fort - Vaikom
Cherai Beach

The beautiful Cherai Beach here is popular among the locals and tourists alike. Situated on the northern tip of the Vypin Island, it separates the backwaters and the Lakshadweep Sea. The serene backwater stretch and the swaying coconut palms bring forth the splendor of this Island. This beach is home to some premium getaway resorts.

Chennamangalam Synagogue is a 175 year old synagogue located in North Paravur area, having Kerala style architecture.

Another tourist attraction here is the Lighthouse at Ochanthuruthu in Vypin. It is 43m in height and made of double layered concrete. It is open on all days from 3pm to 5pm.

It’s not just the churches; Vypin Island also has temples that attract a lot of people. Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple is a very old temple owned by the Gowda Saraswatha Community. It is well known in Vypin for its chariot. Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is another prominent temple in Vypin. It is dedicated to Lord Muruga.

Vypin Light House

All these gorgeous places make up Vypin Island’s unique and interesting landscape. Even though most cities and small towns are slowly transforming with the modern architecture, Vypin still retains its old architecture and the village feel. The Island still has a mixture or Portuguese, Dutch and Kerala architecture, standing as a tribute to its rich and varied history. Vypin is a much preferred destination for a quiet getaway. Apart from these popular tourist spots Vypin also has a lot of unexplored places that is perfect for those wanting to get lost in the beauty and serenity of nature.