Amid coconut groves and backwaters, Kuzhupilly is a small village on the Vypeen (also Vypin) Island of Kerala in the Ernakulam district. About 18km from the capital city of Kochi, Kuzhupilly is a natural wonder with a beautiful beach and the sea on one side and the backwaters on the other.
The most beautiful part of the Kuzhupilly beach lies in its picturesque approach road. As you veer off the main road onto the village route, the enchanting view of the backwaters unfolds. The narrow road meanders through this scenic beauty, flanked by serene waters on both sides.
The beach, with its white and sandy shores, is a paradise for swimmers and nature lovers. One can see paddy fields and coconut groves on the way to the beach. The village, close to Ernakulam, has a pleasant climate for most of the year. The beach is relatively less crowded than other popular beaches in Kochi, making it perfect for those seeking solitude.
In November 2023, a floating bridge was inaugurated at Kuzhupilly Beach to promote adventure tourism.
Adventure enthusiasts can float over the waves on the floating bridge, which is 100 metres long and 3 metres wide. It's an ideal spot for picnics, beachcombing, and water sports.
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Since the year 2000, the state government has been organizing a kite festival here. The fest, a kite flying and kite cutting show promotes tourism at the Kuzhupilly beach.
For a taste of authentic Kerala seafood, one can venture northward to Cherai Beach, about 4 km away. Here, many rustic eateries offer traditional food in a village setting.
As per the 2001 census, Kuzhupilly has a population of 12,120 and the number of houses is 2,701. The village is home to some churches and temples with traditional local architecture. Locals mostly practice prawn and paddy farming.
Kuzhupilly village is also home to the Sree Balakrishna Swami Temple, which was originally built in 1895 and later expanded to its present form in 1964. During the exodus of Goud Saraswat Brahmins from Goa in the 16th century after the Portuguese invasion, many families settled in and around Cochin. One of them was Venkateswara Pai alias Vensu Pai who settled in Kuzhupilly in the land given by the King of Cochin. His son Anantha Pai later built the original temple.
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