Vypeen Islands, main spot for Beach Tourism

 

"A heavenly state" said Mike Smith, about green and cool Kerala,  which has been rated as one of the Top Ten Paradises on Earth ( in the travel and tourism industry ) by the National Geographic. ! Yesterday I had a software installation in Kochi. So I reached Kochi and installed the software in minutes.
 
When I got out of the office on Marine Drive, it was 1100 AM. I took a boat to Vypeen Islands. This is my first trip to Vypeen. I had studied at Kochi, at Ernakulam, when I did my PDC, in 1970 and 71. Now Kochi looks vastly different. The Boat Jetty has been improved by a new building. There are frequent ferry trips to Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. I got  a boat to Vypin at 1200 PM. It went via Willingdon Island, an artificial island carved out by Willingdon, the erstwhile Governor. 
 
Vypeen is situated on the Western coast of Kochi. The island is demarcated by a sea coast of 26 kms on the West and backwaters extending around 30 kms on the East. It has a land area of 87 square kms.  Vypeen, Kerala's Gold Coast,  is linked to Kochi via the Goshree bridges.
 
As we neared W Island, one can see the Taj Malabar, the five star hotel. Then the boat moved towards Vypeen. We can see the giant gantry cranes of Vallarpadam ICTT very nearby. Vallarpadam is an island on the Wembanad Lake and is the site of the International Container Transhipment Terminal. The ICTT will be functional from mid Feb onwards. It is a half a billion dollar project by DP World, Dubai. These islands, the Bolgatty Island, Vypeen, Vallarpadam, Willingdon Island etc are beautiful islands on the Wembanad Lake and is the attraction spots for tourists. There are lots of Ayurvedic Resorts on these islands and one can have the healing touch of Ayurveda with the background of the backwater fresh winds. Ayurvedic/Medical tourism in on the rise in Kerala and these islands will witness more tourists in the years to come. There are also many allopathic hospitals on these islands. Kochi has already figured in the cricket map of the world. Not only will Vallarpadam figure in the Container Shipping map of the world; she will also figure on the World Tourism Map !.
 
The Vypin boat jetty needs a lot of improvement. Near the boat jetty is the Vypeen Bus Stand . It is a glorious view from Vypeen. We can see Fort Kochi on the other side. Taj Malabar on W Island looked a bit far and Vallarpadam is nearby !. I then took a bus to Njarakkal, another tourist center. We have a beach at Njarakkal, but the facilities are not developed. Construction of the roads are underway.
 
There is an Aquatic Club at Njarakkal. You can fish there on the brackish water fish farm. They charge 150 INR per ticket. You can get gorgeous sea food, from the Sea Food Restaurant there. The Aquatic Club is manned by Matsya Fed, the government owned fisheries company. Some tourists were fishing, some were relaxing near the fish farm and some were boating.  
 
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The Cherai Beach, Vypeen

 
Considered as a jewel in Kerala Tourism, Cherai is considered to be one of the virgin beaches and is one of the main spots for Beach Tourism.   It is a virtual feast to the eyes and ears of the discerning travellers in search of some unique beach experience, sans the crowd and pollution.
 
From Njarakkal, I took a bus to the famous Cherai Beach. The beach is a beautiful sight and there are hotels and bars nearby. Cherai Beach seems to be better developed than Njarakkal. I saw more than 50 Westerners, some taking sun bath and others enjoying the sea. Cherai appeals to the SSS tourists,  beach tourists who revel in Sun, Surf and Sand !
 
From Cherai, I came to Trichur via the bus route. Last time I had crossed via jungar, from Munambam ( Ernakulam ) to Azheekode ( Trichur ). Munambam means the end of the island and this is the place where the Ernakulam Dist connects with Trichur. This time I came to Kodungalloor without crossing via ferry. There were three bridges, which include the famous Kottappuram bridge, to cross. I reached Trichur within one hour. Even though I had studied in Kochi, I had not seen the islands fully before. Hence this trip made me more knowledgeable about the spots which are going to develop, as the ICTT becomes operational within June 2011.

 

 
Giant Aquarium for Fisheries Tourism
 
An Oceanarium project has been proposed in New Vypeen island. Star attractions will include a Marine Park, an International Marine Biological Research Center, Center for Marine Resources, Ecology Center, Convention Center, Amphitheater and a an ocean habitat showcasing glass tunnel.  As a part of promoting Fisheries Tourism, a 350 cr Aquarium Project will be implemented, for people and researchers to study marine species, on a 50 acre plot in New Vypeen. An Oceanarium is a simulated ocean and contains all the living organisms found in the ocean including large species like sharks and whales. Tourists could get the feel of walking on the sea bed getting a clear view of the spectacular water world. The main tank will be constructed meticulously to reflect the various aspects of the world beneath the ocean. Rock, reef and weed structures are reproduced to create a pleasant environment and a natural habitat for the marine species that will make it their home. The important area of the Oceanarium complex will be its main tank, which house the curved acrylic tunnel through which marine life could be viewed at close range. The tank will be of heavy RCC construction and will hold 12 K cubic M of sea water.

 


It was Philip Henry Goss who coined the word " Aquariam". The modern Zoological Society of London started work on "Aquatic Vivarium" and Gosse was one of the original suppliers of stocks to this new fish house at the London zoo .

Actors are the two legends of Kerala Cinema, Prem Nazeer and Sree Vidya 

Manipravala Thalakal Unarnoo
Manassil kamala dalangal vithirnoo
Kavya Kalayude kanakamgulikalil
Kathakali Mudrakal Vidarnoo !

Manipravala ......................

Verses equalling Ruby ( Mani ) and Coral ( Pravala )
And lotus blossomed in Mind !
From the great Art of Poetry
Rose the Mudras of the King of all Arts ( Kathakali )

Sharat kala megham Thirasselayayi
Sasiklaa Kali vilakkayee
Onnayi Varriyarum
Irayimman Thapiyum
Varna narayangal minukkee

The clouds of Sharath
Became curtain for the play
Moon became the Lamp
Both Variar and Thampi became one
Giving finishing touches to costumes !

Pampayum Periyarum
Bharata puzhayum
Aa padangal paadi
Chaitra marangal aadee !
Chendayil thengilayil
Elathalangil Syamantakangal kilingee 

The rivers of Kerala
Bharata puzha, Pampa and Periyar
Sang those beautiful verses
And the trees of Chaitra danced !

Manipravala .....................

Damayantiyayi Droupadiyayi
Devayaniyayee
Kairali Rathiyay Sathiyay
Rambhayay Radhayay
Raasa Natanam Aadi !

As Damayanti, Droupadi
And as Devayani
Magnificent Kerala rose
As Rathi, as Sathi
As Rambha and Radha
She danced the Blissful Dance !

Ratnakireedavumayi Thiranottam Nadathi
Rasa Chakravarthiyam Sringaram..



Manipravala .......................