Vypin or Vypeen (Malayalam: വൈപ്പിന്) is one among a group of islands, that form part of the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. The island is about 27 km long. Vypin is connected to mainland Kochi by a series of bridges known as the Goshree Bridges, which take off from Kalamukku in Vypin, touches other two island and lands in Marine Drive, Kochi.
The western coast of Vypin has the longest beach in Kochi namely, the Cherai Beach, Kuzhuppilly Beach and the Puthuvype Beach. The northern tip of Vypin (Munambam) has the largest fishing harbour in Kochi namely, the Munambam Fishing Harbour. Recently Puthuvype is became the major industrial hub in Kerala and the fastest growing city suburb i.e., the SPM project of the Kochi Refineries, the Puthuvyp LNG Terminal, IOC Bottling Plant and the proposed Oseanarium.
India’s first international container trans-shipment terminal (ICTT) in the Special Economic Zone at Vallarpadam Island, designed to handle the largest container ships,is opened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 11, 2011.
There are regular boat services from Fort Kochi to Vypin Island. In 2004 a bridge was built by Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA) and thus Vypin was connected to the main land. The Goshree bridges also connects the islands Mulavukad and Vallarpadam.
Now Vypin is a fast-developing suburb of the Kochi City. Today all basic infrastructures for modern living are available in Vypin. Njarakkal is the business capital of Vypin. Travellers from North Kerala use the Vypin-Munambam state highway to reach Ernakulam.
The island was formed in the year 1341 following a heavy flood.
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Villages of Vypin
- Fort Vypin
- Nedungad is a nearby much smaller island.
- Lighthouse at Puthuvype open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on all days.
- manjanakad contains one of the oldest resorts in vypeen known as Country Club Resort where you can enjoy scenic backwaters which have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea which is connected to the most famous Vembanad Kayal.
- Cherai Beach is located in Vypin island, Kochi, India. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km)
- Pallipuram Fort, 16th century fort (open on Thursdays).It was built by the Portuguese in 1503 and is the oldest existing European fort in India. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the State of Travancore in 1789. This fort is situated in the northern extremity of the Vypeen island. This fort is in a hexagonal shape and popularly known as ayikkotta or Alikotta.
- Sahodaran Ayyappan Smarakam at Cherai
- Veeranpuzha, the Vypeen part of Vembanad Lake The Chinese nets are common in this big river.
- cruz milagress church this is the one of the oldest parish in vypin. it is situated near to the river. this church was constructed in 1932.
- Kuzhuppilly Beach is a nearby Pallathamkulangara.
- Sree Perumpadappil Bhagavathi Temple,Mayabazar,Edavanakad. is a famous Pilgrimage Center in Vypeen.
- NJARAKKAL FISH FARM,Narakkal (Njarakkal) Fish Farm is situated in Vypeen (Vypin) island of Ernakulam district with an area of 18.4 Ha. Production depends on the introduction of quality seed from other sources. An Integrated Disease Management System (IDMS) has been implemented on experimental basis in collaboration with CUSAT.An Aqua Tourism also attracted by tourists. The aqua tourism project, providing tourists with the opportunity to experience fishing. Boating through the canals and tasty fish dishes served as additional attractions. Njarakkal is Heart of Vypin &Pearl of Cochin.
- Elamkunapuzha Temple
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