Cherai - Experience the best of both the worlds of the beach and the backwaters
Touted as one of the best beaches in the state, Cherai beach is at a distance of only 30 kms from the city of Cochin. Situated on the northern end of the Vypin Island, Cherai beach, which is fondly called the “The Princess of the Arabian sea” extends to over 10 kilometers. The clean sandy beach that is comparatively uncrowded makes it a popular picnic spot for honey moon couples and families alike. Cherai beach is famous for dolphin watching as well.
The calm and shallow waters make Cherai beach well cut for swimming and bathing. Enjoy a stroll along the sandy coast, indulge in a fun game of beach volleyball with your buddies or do nothing but laze around and have fun.
The clear sky and the shallow waters make a perfect fun formula for you to indulge in the choicest beach activities. The shutter bugs can make a few snapshots for posterity that highlight the beauty of the finest moment when the sun plunges into the sea.
Honeymoon in Cherai is a popular option these days. There are many good hotels and accommodation options near the beach, which make sure that you have a great beach holiday experience by providing all the amenities like beach benches and umbrellas for the guests. You cannot afford to miss out the lip smacking fresh fish and seafood delicacies that are offered in the eateries and restaurants in the beach.
The recently revamped main beach with well illuminated walkways makes the beach accessible even at night. Unlike the many other beaches in Kerala, Cherai has an added advantage of having backwaters at one side and lake on the other, which would surely make your Cherai holidays exceptionally beautiful. The land around the beach is post card pretty and is dotted with coconut palms. You can enjoy a canoe ride along the maze of the scenic backwaters to discover the enigmatic charm of the nature. The sea and the backwaters is separated by only a thin strip of land, where you can enjoy the glory of day break and sun set to your heart’s content.
Cherai tourism ensures an overwhelming beach holiday experience by offering a quite and tranquil holiday away from the footprints of the mass tourism trails. The scenic beauty and the ambience of the locale would leave you spell bound indeed.
There are many interesting places to visit in and around Cherai beach. Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple, the only "Sampoornakshetra" in South India constructed in AD 1869 is a must see spot .The temple has a unique chariot that runs on the rail, making it the only one of its kind in the whole world! Beat a retreat to the serenity of nature by planning a trip to Cherai beach, which thankfully still retains its pristine charm despite being featured in the world tourism map as a perfect holiday spot.
Kochi International Airport, about 20 km from Ernakulam town.
regular bus services to Cherai. Private bus services are also available from Cochin.
The nearest railhead is Ernakulam Junction, about one km from the main boat jetty.
There are regular boat services from the main boat jetty to Vypeen. Cherai is about 22 km away (about 40 minutes by bus) from Vypeen Island. You can alavail boat services every 15 minutes, from Fort Cochin to Vypeen.