Cochin (Cherai)

(Also known as Cherai )

Kerala | India
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Cochin (Cherai) is categorised as Beachside / Backwaters

Cherai Backwaters (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 April 2004)
Cheraman mosque (photo courtesy: Shahinmusthafa)
Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthampa Mandapam (Photo Courtesy: Kaladian)
Chennamangalam Synagogue (Photo Courtesy: Afnanashraf10)
Ruins of the Pallippuram Fort (Photo Courtesy: Challiyan)
Cherai Backwaters
Cherai Beach

Reasons to Visit
  • Cherai is a beach on the northern tip of Kochi's Vypeen Island, which separates the Lakshadweep Sea from the Backwaters.
  • Vypeen is one of the 4 islands of Cochin (Fort Cochin, Willingdon, Vypeen and Bolgatty).
  • Cochin as its known today is a combination of these islands and Ernakulam mainland.
  • Cherai is an idyllic beach / backwater retreat located 40 km North of Cochin and 22 kms from Cochin Airport.
  • Cherai is situated 26 km from Ernakulam city at the northern end of Vypeen Island.
  • Cherai is accessible from Ernakulam by road via the Goshree Bridge and by boat from Vypeen Island. A bridge now connects connects the island of Bolgatty, Mulavukandu, Vallarpadam and Vypeen making the whole area more accessible.
  • Cherai is just south of Cochin and therefore a local getaway.
  • Cherai beach is a public beach and is filled with locals during weekends. Backwater stretch is scenic and pleasing.
  • Beach and Backwater Destinations of India"Cherai (40 kms North of Ernakulam) is a beach and backwater destination. There are many getaway resorts that have come up and Cherai is now considered a getaway destinations in its own right with premium resorts with spreadout character offering excellent beach or backwater views. "
  • Destinations in and around Cochin"Cherai is a beach and backwater area lies at about 40 kms North of Ernakulam and 22 kms from Airport. Cherai is home to many getaway resorts and destination retreats."
  • Ex-Cochin Getaways within 100 kms"Cherai (40 kms) is set around a unique combination of beach and backwaters and is home to many getaway resorts that are popular for honeymooners and as standalone getaways."
  • Beachside and Lakeside Destinations in Kerala for a Standalone Getaway"Cherai near Cochin (40 kms) is a renowned beach cum backwater getaway, home to some number of premium getaway resorts. Proximity to Cochin Airport (22 kms), makes Cherai a favorite flight getaway for travellers looking for a quick getaway."
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Getaway (1-3 nights)1

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  • Cherai Beach and Backwater Getaway (2 Nights)

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Cochin (Cherai) has 18 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

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Services Rates Starting From
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Half Day Kayaking in the Backwaters of AlleppeyRs. 3334
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
Kayaking at ThattekkadRs. 4000
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200

Bird Watching

Services Rates Starting From
Full Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1445
Half Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1167


Services Rates Starting From
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Cycling through Fort CochinRs. 4000
Cycling through the Beaches and Backwaters Cochin (Fort Cochin)Rs. 3500
Fort Kochi on bikesRs. 1100
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200


Services Rates Starting From
Cultural Art PerformanceRs. 650
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Kalari ProgrammeRs. 300
Kalari Training ClassesRs. 556
Kathakali Make up & PerformanceRs. 350
Learn Yoga in CochinRs. 1667
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200
Visit to the Cultural MuseumRs. 56

Guide Services

Services Rates Starting From
Audio Guide for AlleppeyRs. 250
Audio Guide for KochiRs. 250


Services Rates Starting From
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300

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Destination Ideas

  • Beaches in Kerala - Marari, Varkala, Kovalam, Bekal
  • Bird Watching In Thattekad
  • Cherai Getaway
  • Elephant Training Camp At Kodanad
  • Experiences in Kerala
  • Kerala Homestay / Small Owner managed stay Experience
  • Kerala in Monsoon
  • Lake and Backwater Experience in Kerala

Festivals linked to Cochin (Cherai) (Kerala)

  • Malayattoor Perunnal
  • Thrissur Pooram

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The Cherai Beach is long stretch of beach that is popular with locals. It has the calm serene Backwaters on the other side and the area is filled with coconut trees.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple is renowned for its chariot. It is one of the oldest temple owned by Gowda Saraswatha Community.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is a Lord Muruga temple and one of the prominent temples of Kerala.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Murugan
    Pallippuram Fort is a small dilapilated fort near Cherai. It was built by the Portuguese in 1503 and is the oldest existing European fort in India.
    Heritage Site
    The Catholic Church at Pallippuram known as Church of "Our Lady of Snow" or "Manjumatha" is an important pilgrim centre for Christians near Ernakulam (20 kms).
    Roman Catholic Church
    175 year old synagogue at North Paravur area. It was built with typical Kerala architecture and is a tourist attraction.
    Heritage Site
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The Cheraman Juma Masjid is considered to be one of the first mosques to have been built in India dated around 7th century. The mosque is built with traditional Hindu art and architecture and resembles a temple.
    Mosque or Dargah
    Veeranpuzha is the name of Vembanad Lake at Vypeen Island. The area has large paddy fields. North of the area is Chittoor where a confluence of modern lifestyle with backwaters can be seen.
    View Point
    Lake Views
    Kalady is birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya who preached advaita or monotheism. There is a Shankracharya temple on the banks of the river which also encloses the samadhi of Sankaracharyas mother Aryamba.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Nattika Beach is an Idyllic beach front 25 kms from Thrissur. Beach is popular with locals and home to some beach resorts.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    The Malayatoor Church is one of the Christian pilgrimages in Kerala and one that attracts large number of devotees from all over India. It is believed that the footprints seen on a rock near the church belongs to St. Thomas the Apostle, who came here in 52 AD as a missionary setting up many churches in Kerala.
    Roman Catholic Church
    An elephant training camp on Cochin - Munnar route and a popular for overseas travellers and families with kids for a bit of fun with elephants and a touristy elephant ride.
    Elephant Experience
    Guruvayur is renowned pilgrim destination visited for the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, a renowned Lord Krishna pilgrimage and the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Krishna
    Athirappilly Falls is a renowned Waterfalls (80 ft) on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen and is otherwise excellent for bird watching.
    Activity, Natural Wonders
    Bird Watching, Waterfall

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Nearest Airport in Cochin (Cherai)
  • Cochin International Airport ( COK ) , Cochin (Ernakulam)-25 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Cochin (Cherai)
  • Ernakulam Junction (South) ( ERS ), Cochin (Ernakulam)-25 Kms
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