Vypin or Vypeen is situated on the western side of Kochi. The island was formed after the great floods of 1341, is 25 km long and has width of 2 kms. Formerly it was a small fishing village, now vastly different, and transformed to major centre for commerce. It has come into limelight with the Vallarpadam International Container transhipment Terminal.
The Vypin island is connected to Ernakulam main land by Goshree bridge. It can be easily assessed by boat and the ferry ride takes just 30 minutes.
The entire Vypeen and its adjoining areas got a facelift with the projects like the SPM project of the Kochi Refineries, the Puthuvyp LNG Terminal and India’s first international container trans-shipment terminal (ICTT) in the Special Economic Zone at Vallarpadam Island.
Vypeen-Munambam road, which divides this island into two parts – the Western stretch, which is coastal-belt, and the Eastern-belt, which is closer to the Backwaters.
Norhern tip of Vypeen has largest fishing harbour in Kochi namely Munambam Fishing Harbour.
This densely populated island has numerous fishing villages namely Puthuvypin, Elamkunnappuzha, Njarakkal, Nayarambalam, Edavanakad, Kuzhuppilly, Pallipuram, Cherai, Malippuram, Ochanthuruth, Munambam
Pallipuram Fort built by the Portuguese lies to the extreme of the island. Porutuguese introduced Catholic faith in this area and built Church for our Lady of Hope
The sea and backwater on either side, offers great scenery during the boat ride. You can enjoy the full view of the island from lighthouse at Ochanthuruth.
Nedungad is a nearby much smaller island.
Cherai Beach – This lovely beach is ideal spot for water sports, swimming and basking. The beach frontage and the backwaters frontage has given Cherai such magnificent scenic beauty
Cruz milagress church is the one of the oldest parish in Vypin.