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The closest beach area to Cochin and home to a small selection of hotels. Not ideal for site seeing, but handy for the night before airport.
Cherai is a coastal town in Ernakulam district of Kerala. It is situated 30 Km to the north of Ernakulam.
Cherai is a part of greater Vypin (Vypeen) Island and it came into existence due to floods in 1341. Cherai is mainly known for Cherai Beach which attracts many tourists.
The beach is 15 Km long with crystal clear water with waves brushing the coast. You can see dolphins on this beach and one can have a wonderful view of the sun set. Few minutes walk long the coast, you can reach the abandoned but shallow Kuzhuppilli Beach and backwater. Now very less populated after being hit by the tsunami.
The Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple festival held here once in a year is the biggest temple festival in Ernakulam. In this festival the main feature is the spectacular procession of eighteen caparisoned elephants. The nine day festival falls in the month of January or February every year.
Cherai also has political significance as it was the birth place of Mathai Manjooran and Sahodaran Ayyapan both political personalities of Kerala.
Getting to Cherai
You can get to Cherai by taking the Vypeen vehicle ferry from Fort Cochin or Ernakulam. You can hire a tuktuk or take one of the cheap and frequent buses that travel along the coast.
Staying at Cherai
We often use the Cherai Beach resort which has a collection of cottages around a lagoon. There are a series of connected hammocked little islands you laze around on