A small town located near Kochi, Cherai has developed into a busy tourist destination. Its clean and long sandy beach is the greatest attraction of the place. The shallow waters and gentle waves make the water ideal for swimming. High tides are also a rarity here which makes it very safe. There are many resorts lining the shores. If you are interested you can enjoy a relaxing stay at these places. There are also some restaurants on the beach where you can enjoy some local delicacies.

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Tours in Cherai

Kanyakumari Poovar Varkala Tour
  • 8 Days
  • 7 Nights

Kanyakumari Poovar Varkala Tour

Cherai Munnar Thekkady Tour
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  • 6 Nights

Cherai Munnar Thekkady Tour


Apart from the beach, there are many tourist places near Cherai that will make you exuberant. The forts and churches in the area proclaim the historical importance of the region. If you are a history enthusiast, the stories behind each of these monuments will surely enthrall you.

Though it is the famous beach that makes the place so attractive, there are certain places near Cherai that will capture your imagination. These are mainly religious centers that are relevant historically too. They are remnants of the colonial past and cultural diversity of Cherai. The Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro Malabar church, Portuguese Fort, Pallippuram Syro Malabar church, Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkireshware temple, and so on make Cherai a place of diverse culture and long history.

The important places to visit near Cherai are:

Best Time To Visit Cherai

The best time to visit the tourist spot is during the winter season which falls between October and February. The climate will be pleasant during this time of the year.

March to May is time for summer and is hot and humid in the region. If you do not enjoy profuse sweating, it is better to avoid this season.

Monsoon, which starts in June and lasts till September, is a great time to visit the place if you are in love with the rain. The season is filled with heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region. Make sure that you carry an umbrella when you plan your visit at this time.

How To Reach Cherai

Cherai is well connected to nearby cities like Kochi and Thrissur. You can prefer any mode like road, air or rail to reach the place. There is even a ferry service that will give you a different experience.

  • By Road: Cherai is at a distance of almost 40 kilometers from Kochi. You can hire a taxi, get on a state-run bus, or enjoy a beautiful drive to get to the place. You can take the Goshree bridge from Kochi to Vypin and reach Cherai. If you are coming from Cochin International Airport, you can reach the destination through North Paravur.
  • By Ferry: There is a regular ferry service from Kochi to Vypin. It is the most economical and enjoyable journey. A local bus will take you from the Vypin boat jetty to Cherai.
  • By Rail: Aluva railway station is the closest to Cherai and is at a distance of 20 kilometers. Public transport is available from Aluva to reach a tourist destination.
  • By Air: Just 26 kilometers from the tourist spot is Cochin International Airport. Domestic flights are available to and from CIAL to most of the important cities in India and abroad.