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Cherai Beach, Kochi Overview

Cherai Beach, which is one of the best-voted beaches of the state, is situated at a distance of 30 km from Kochi city. Its strategic location on the northern end of the Vypin Island in Kochi makes it a perfect merging point of the sea and backwaters. The surrounding greenery and the seashells present in different shapes and Chinese fishing nets add to the beauty of the sea. Its coastline alone runs for about 15 km and plays a distinguishing factor from all the other beaches.

Also known as the 'Princess of the Arabian Sea' it is a perfect spot for relaxation having a picturesque view and beachfront combined. One can also witness high mask lamps with beautiful lights which illuminate the way and makes the walkway edges worth visiting and an absolute pleasure to be at during the night. There is a park for the kids as well alongside the beach where kids can play and spend a lovely time with their families and friends. Visitors can hire speedboats as well as water-scooters on rent which double the fun. One can also find accommodation easily since there are several hotels and resorts around the area at a reasonable cost.

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Things To Do at Cherai Beach

This mesmerising beach which is 15 km long is unique since it is one of the very few clean beaches which turn out to be ideal for sunbathing. Be careful of swimming as it might be unsafe due to the undercurrents. Adventure lovers are bound to have a great time at the entrancing beach indulging in the various water sports activities including scooters, speed boats, canoe ride and snorkelling. You can also get massages by the beach to relax.

People who are merely nature lovers can go for watching dolphins diving in the sea. You also have the option of going for cycling and exploring the scenic beauty of the place. Bikes on rent are pretty much reasonable and offer a wonderful as well as rich experience. The locals of Cherai love flying kites, and that is one activity you sure can indulge in. It is such a popular activity amongst everyone there that a kite flying festival is organised with sheer joy annually.

Attractions Near Cherai Beach

Cherai is a fantastic place to visit, and it is excellent to visit the places in and around Cherai which include-

1. Paddy Fields: The green paddy fields are the rice-producing heart of Chennai. They make a green surrounding and are cultivated below the sea level. There is a lot of flora and fauna surrounding the paddy fields, and the nature lovers are going to have a fantastic time here for sure amongst all the butterflies and beautiful species of fish as well as birds.

2. The Backwaters: The place where the lakes, lagoons and canals come together is where the heart of Cherai lies. The calm waters of Periyar along with coconut trees depict the perfect scene of nature altogether. Visiting the Kollam Kottappuram National Wayer Bay on the way to Cherai provides an incredible experience.

3. Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple: This temple is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage centres of Cheria where the biggest festival of Eranakulam district is celebrated with sheer joy. The highlighting part of this festival is the elephant march which attracts visitors from the various parts of the world.

4. Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple: This temple is situated in the Ernakulam district of Cherai and is also known as the first GS temple in Kerala. It consists of all the seven gods of Gowda Saraswat Rahim of Kerala. It is famous for its wooden carving, ceiling work of the Eastern Gopuram, the Silver Pallake and the tank of the temple. The aesthetic beauty of the place is worth praising.

5. Munamam Break Water Point & Beach: This attraction is situated towards the northern end of the Cherai beach and is a beautiful place where the Periyar River meets the Arabian Sea. It is a perfect spot to sit and spend time with your family as well as friends while enjoying the scenic beauty. The sunset sure should not be missed out on.

6. Munamam Fishing Harbour: This attraction is what attracts millions of tourists every year to buy fish and all other fresh seafood from the fishers at Fisherman's Wharf directly.

7. Pallipuram Church: The foundation of the Pallipuram church was laid down in 1507 and comprises of an image of Mary placed on top of the altar. The cultural life of Cherai would not be complete without the festival at the church which is celebrated for 15 days every year.

8. Pallipuram Fort: This fort lies amongst the most ancient European monuments in India with a three-storied hexagonal structure. It was repaired between 1596 and 1605 and has a frontage added to it in the Manueline style.

Best Time To Visit Cherai Beach

The best time to visit the Cherai beach is during the months of October to March since the weather is pleasant. It is the perfect time to witness this exotic location and have the time of your life.

How To Reach Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach is located at a distance of 30 km from Kochi and can be easily reached via roadways. Buses can be taken from Kochi-North Paravur-Cherai. The north bus stop is at a distance of about 6 km from Cherai. A ferry too can be taken till the Vypeen Island which is located at a distance of 22 km from Cherai. One can also take a long route from Edappally to North Paravur from where a bus can be taken to reach Cherai which lies at a distance of 25 km.

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