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Club Mahindra Cherai Beach

An attractive landscape peppered with palms and tropical plants receives guests at Club Mahindra Cherai Beach. Cushioned between Cherai Beach and a lagoon, and some of the most scenic places to visit, the resort is a magical one for anyone looking for a memorable time 

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Activities at Club Mahindra Cherai Beach

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  • The Cherai backwaters By Charukesi Ramadurai

    I am no water baby. I prefer water at a close but safe distance close enough for me to be able to hear the myriad gentle sounds that water makes but far enough for me to feel safe about not drowning (yes, I know but we all have different fears). Cherai is perfect for me that way just what the doctor ordered. The Cherai Beach Resort where I stay has cottages built around the water, and around the coconut trees my room had a tree in one corner, growing out through the roof. From my room, I can see the backwaters stretching out blue and green, still but for the occasional splash splash of boats making their way across, or the sea gulls calling out to one another. And from the main gate, the beach is just across the road Cherai, not yet Goa, not even Kovalam.

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Sight Seeing

1. Cherai Beach

A beautiful golden beach stretches out for a time of relaxation and unwinding. Take a dip in the cool waters or quench your thirst with tender coconuts and maybe if you’re lucky, you will see dolphins at play. The newly beautified 400 metres of central beach has beach beds and umbrellas for hire, a park for kids, a walkway, high mask lamps and trained security staff, making the beach enjoyable and always safe for all.

2. The Backwaters

The charming Backwaters of Cherai are a delightful combination of lakes, lagoons and canals. Alongside the placid waters of the Periyar River, with its graceful overhanging coconut trees, you can observe daily life unfold, catch a glimpse of the art of coir making and see large boats being built entirely from wood, a beautiful place to visit.

3. Lake (Poyil)

The enchanting Lake (Poyil) isjust a stone's throw away from the main beach. Waking at dawn gifts one with an evaporating morning mist, tranquil waters and fishermen casting their nets. A pedal boat or a rowboat is a great way to experience the lake.

4. Paddy fields around Cherai

These emerald green fields are cultivated below sea level amidst a charming pastoral environment. These waterlogged fields tend to be single crop areas, growing mostly rice. However, following the harvest, the paddy fields are used to farm mainly prawns. Exotic flora and fauna are to be found around the paddy fields, allowing you to encounter butterflies and spot dozens of alluring species of birds and fish.

5. Portuguese fort

Built in 1503 by the Portuguese and also known as 'Aiya Kota', this fort is the oldest European monument in India. It was constructed as an outpost to safeguard the ancient port of Muziris and is rich in history and architecture. The three-storey hexagonal structure is a well-preserved bastion. The fort was repaired between 1596 and 1605 with a facade added in the Manuelino style. This is possibly the only such structure in India and thus is a must see.

6. British Little Flower Convent

This area, granted to the Portuguese by the Raja of Cochin has a rich and varied heritage spanning across the Portuguese and British rule. In 1574 the Vypin Kota Seminary and a Jesuit Monastery were established here. In 1579 the Portuguese started the first printing press in Kerala in the adjoining seminary, but the missionaries were forced to shift both the printing press and the seminary to Chennamangalam. In 1728 the seminary was converted to a leprosy asylum and when the British defeated the Dutch in 1795, the leprosy asylum, the surrounding land and certain buildings came under direct British control. In 1921 the leprosy asylum was closed and in 1925 the British Little Flower Convent came up here. Just for its past, this place is worth the visit.

7. Kottappuram Fort

Kottappuram Fort forms a significant part of India’s history from the Portuguese who built it in 1523 to the Dutch to the Zamorin to Haider Ali, Tipu Sultan and even the Travancore rulers. Of strategic and tactical importance, the fort is situated at the mouth of the river Periyar and controlled access to the ships and boats that passed to and from the interior of Malabar. Referred to popularly as Cranganore Fort in the 1500s, today it is also known as Kodungallur Fort. Its rustic appeal and the tales its walls can tell, make it an unmissable place.

8. Pallippuram Fort

A strategic location in its hey days, Pallippuram Fort known as 'Ayakkotta’ or 'Alikkotta' was constructed by the Portuguese in 1507 and caught the attention of many a conqueror. While referred to in many books as an octagonal structure, it is actually a hexagon. The relics of this fort are now a bastion, three stories in height, where, inside the fort, the floor is raised to 5 feet from the ground. Beneath the floor, a small cellar opens out to a passage, which runs obliquely from north to south. A church, a hospital and living quarters have been found near this fort. The fort may have gradually lost its importance in the annals of history but it didn’t lose its beauty or its ability to tell stories and in 1964 it was declared a protected monument under the Department of Archaeology.

9. Jew Street

A quaint, quintessential place, it is so named because of the Jews who came here in search of land and settled in this area. They were a community that flourished in business and established themselves here. The entrance to Jew Street, from the main road to Paravur used to be bordered on either side by two ancient beautiful pillars. One of the pillars has fallen is damaged but hasn’t lost its charm. Old Jewish houses can still be seen along the street. It is a delightful place to visit.

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