Vypin Island was formed after the great floods of 1341. The Island is 25 Kilometer long and has an average width of 2 kilometers. Pallipuram Panchayat, in which Cherai is included, is at the northern end of Vypin Island. Cherai and Munambam are the two parts of Pallipuram Village, which were parts of Kochi and Travancore States prior to the merger of the states. Vypeen is mostly densely populated but suffers from a shortage of fresh potable water during the dry season. The light-house at Ochanthuruth is a vantage point to enjoy a panoramic view of Kochi. The entry time to light-house is 3-5 pm. Extreme north lies Pallipuram Fort built by Portuguese in 1503.
Visitors Attractions in Vypeen
Santa Cruz Basalica: The Portuguese built basalica’s 500th anniversary was very recently. With gracious interiors, Gothic fade with soaring and glaring spires, the basalica is charming. The Dutch catch of Koch in 1663 resulted in booming of warehouses in places of worships. The irresistible beauty might have persuaded the Dutch to spare it. The stained-glass and the life-like caryatids watching over the quaint confessional boxes will ever-green the mind once seen.
St Francis Church: Built in timber by Portugues in 1503, it was overlaid with stone masonry later. Vasco da Gama was cremated here in 1524. His remains were later removed to Lisbon. His tomb still exists.Now taken care by Church of South India.The gravestones were tossed into the walls of the church in 1886. The ‘Doop Book’, that is, old baptism and the marriage register, from 1751 to 1804 kept in the vestry are the delights of history-seekers.
Dutch Cemetry: Parallel to the beach, the Dutch Cemetry is the peace-home of soldiers and trade adventurists who died between 17th and 218th century.Now it is getting renowated(the real face is changing)
Princess Street: Flowerpot-laden window sills, bronze stucco walls and peeling pastel – these all are the symbols of colonial style buildings. See them in Princess street – a back street.Now filled with antique shops,homestays and hotels,with out disturbing the orginality. Fort Kochi really revels in moody pastimes.
Waterfront: A little walkway is Vasco da Gama Square, a narrow promenode running along the beach. Huge cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets, just before the beach, call the visitors. The system works this way – a bamboo-and-teak contraption with net-spread hanging get pulled down to the water and hauled with the catch. This catching process is usually in the morning and early evening.Watch sunset from the edge of the pathways.
The Fort Kochi beach is clean and small.But not for sunbath. At one-end there is a pretty light-house. Recline on the white sands with the local crowd when the eyes will sharp on Lakhadweep-bound ships.Ferry to little away sporadic Cherai beach. The receptive white sand there will force to recline, sleep, dance or to football. And swim and sniff. If lucky, dolphins will greet.