Cherai is a beach locale, situated to the north of Vypin Island, Kerala. The beautiful seaside town has been fondly named ‘Princess Of The Arabian Sea.’ Cherai beach is the longest beach in Kochi, and occasionally dolphins can be seen swimming in the water. Recently, Cherai has gained prominence for its clean and sandy beaches. The shallow water of the sea makes it a perfect spot for surfing and swimming. You can also enjoy various water sport activities, such as water scooters, boat rides, and canoe rides. The nearest airport to Cherai is Cochin International Airport and the nearest railway station is Ernakulam Railway Station.
Major Attractions :
● Cherai Beach Tourism Festival- Acquire a taste of the vibrant culture of Cherai by participating in the 5 day tourism festival at Cherai Beach. Ottamthullal*, Kathakali* and other such traditional art forms are performed on the festival days eve.
● Cherai Gowreeswara Temple- This temple is an important Hindu pilgrimage site in Kerala. Get a glimpse of local culture by being a part of the temple festival held during the last two weeks of January or the first two weeks of February. A procession of beautifully decorated elephants are seen on the streets of Cherai during this time.
● Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro aka Malabar Pilgrim Church- The church is located 5 km from Cherai in the district of North Paravur. It is the first church in India and houses many important historical artefacts. If you are a history fanatic, you must pay a visit to the old apostolic church.
When To Visit :
Cherai can be visited any time during the year. However, the winter season, which is between October and April, has a pleasant and cool climate. It is the best time to stroll around the beach or to take part in various local festivals.
Indian Terms Explained :
Ottamthullal*- An art form that originated in the state of Kerala that is accompanied with a cymbal and drum.
Kathakali*- A form of dance drama that originated in the state of Kerala, is especially noted for the elaborate makeup, costumes, and eye and facial expressions of the dancers.