Cherai is a destination for all to rejoice, rejuvenate and refresh their minds. Come to Cherai to enjoy the serene ambience and pristine beauty of the beaches here, to have a religious visit to the temples, church and fort and to make a journey through the life history of prominent personalities like Sahodaran Ayyappan and Mathai Manjooran.
Ideally placed 25 km away from Ernakulam town, Cherai is a small village in Vypin, an island in Kochi. For tourist visiting Kerala, Cherai means Cherai Beach. Unlike the beaches of Varkala and Kovalam, Cherai is less crowded, making the environment calm and unique. The 10 km long beach is considered to be the longest beach in Ernakulam district.
The Cherai Gowreeshwara temple at Cherai is a place where you can awaken your spiritual consciousness. You can also move on to Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple, which is famous for its Chariot. Then there is a Portuguese Fort built in 1503 and Pallipuram Church built in 1577.
Cherai is also home to Sahodaran Ayyappan and Mathai Manjooran. Sahodaran Ayyappan, an honest follower of Sree Narayana Guru, was a social reformer, thinker and journalist and Mathai Manjooran was an Freedom Fighter from Kerala.
This palace, which was built by the Dutch, as a gesture of goodwill to the Paliyathachans is about 39 km's from Ernakulam and 14 km's from Cherai enroute to Kodungalloor. A palace was built exclusively for women within the fort, which gave it the name Kottayil Kovilakom. It is also a centre for religious integration as Shri Krishna Temple, an old Syrian Catholic Church, a mosque and a Jewish Synagogue are located very close to each other, bearing testimony of the enviable cultural harmony of Kerala.
Cherai beach is considered to be the longest beach in the Ernakulam district. The beach is beautiful, calm, natural and pristine. Located around 25 km away from the Ernakulam city, the beach is unique, as it is not over crowded like the Kovalam and Varkala beaches.The golden beach-backwater belt in Cherai is clean and shallow and a perfect location for sun bathing, surfing and swimming. The warm clear sky, soft sands, serene backwaters with Chinese nets on one side and dancing coconut trees