Kadamakkudy Islands, near Kochi

Kadamakkudy Islands are a group of 14 islands near Kochi and Ernakulam in Kerala state, India. They are located 15 kilometers from Kochi (Ernakulam).

Fisherman casting net at Pokkali farm in Kadamakkudy islands

Fisherman casting net at Pokkali farm in Kadamakkudy islands. Image Source

Valiya Kadamakudy is the main island (valiya means large). Chennur, Chariyam Thuruth, Cheriya Kadamakudy, Kothad, Korambadam, Kandanad, Karikkad Thuruthu, Moolampilly, Murikkal, Palyam Thuruth, Pizhala, Pulikkapuram, and Puthussery are the other 13 islands.

Significantly, these islands cultivate Pokkali Rice, which has a Geographical Indication or GI Tag. Alappuzha, Kottayam. Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Kannur districts of Kerala generally grow this unique saline-tolerant rice.

These islands are ideal for bird watching. Many species of birds are found here. Cranes can be seen in large numbers here. Moreover, these islands near Ernakulam are famous for viewing sunrise and sunset.

Boating through scenic backwaters would be an unforgettable moment for visitors. Especially, the Shikara Boating and Canoe Riding are unforgettable for any tourist.

You can see the Crab Farms, Pokkali Rice farms, Mangrove forests, etc. Angling and Cast Net Fishing can also be undertaken on these islands. Instead, you can go for a nature walk through the bunds of Pokkali rice farms. A bund is a stone or earth wall to prevent water from entering the farms.

How Do I go to the Kadamakkudy Islands?

Buses are available from Vytilla hub bus station in Ernakulam to Kadamakkudy Islands. They go via Chettibhagam (Vaarapuzha). However, the frequency of the buses on this route is less. Instead, you can board a bus that goes via Vaarapuzha. From Vaarapuzha, you can hire an auto to the islands, which are 5 kilometers from Vaarapuzha. North Paravur is another place to get buses to these islands.

Ernakulam North, alias Ernakulam Town Railway Station, is one of the nearest railway stations to the islands. Also, Ernakulam South alias Ernakulam Junction Railway station is almost equally close to the islands.

Cochin International Airport, alias Nedumbrassery Airport, is the airport that lies close to the Kadamakkudy islands near Kochi alias Cochin.

Drop into these islands to see the village life. Unwind yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life.


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