Kadamakkudy Island is a group of 14 islands on the suburbs of Kochi in Kerala. It is a surreal looking place, around 15km away from the heart of Ernakulam. The island is great for bird-watching, cycling and catching sunsets. The unspoilt and untouched backwaters of Kadamakkudy also make for a perfect getaway from the bustle of city.
You will find a handful of makeshift shacks, and Chinese fishing nets set up along the banks of the island here. You can take your car upto the landing of a small bridge where the two roads meet. Post which, green patches dotting vast water-spread will await you in Kadamakkudy; a cluster of scenic islands located 21km away from Kochi. It’s like an onslaught of all the charismatic shades and hues of rustic life on the traveller visiting this place.
Kadamakkudy is made up of 14 islands including Pizhala, Moolampilly, Cheriya Kadamakkudy, Murikkal, Kothad, Chennur, Chariyam Thuruthu and Valiya Kadamakkudy. The countryside is a live gallery of agricultural activities, fishing and toddy tapping. These islands are equally famous for prawn farming. Being a haven to a large number of birds, it’s a visual delight for bird-watchers between the months of March and May. You can spot about 75 species of birds including migratory ones here. The most spotted ones are the little cormorant, painted stork, asian open-bill, lesser whistling duck, ashy prinia, different varieties of kingfishers, herons, bee-eaters, and swallows.
For those interested in architecture, there are Catholic churches and temples in Kadamakkudy worth visiting. The St. Francis Xavier’s Church in Pizhala boasts of century old history. Kadamakkudy Syrian Catholic Church is again another famous church. Shree Balabhadra Temple and Moorthinkal Shree Vaishanava Kshethram are the important temples you can stop by at.