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Cherai is located near North Kochi and known for its beautiful golden beach. However, there is more to it than just this. Apart from indulging in the sun, sand, and surf here, there are also many gems to see. Read on to find out more.

Go off the beaten track

Here are some of the offbeat places to visit in Cherai.

1. Lighthouse

The Ochanthuruthu lighthouse is 46-meters in height. Feel on top of the world as you and your significant other climb up to the observation platform in the lighthouse’s tower and take in the gorgeous view of the surrounding areas.

2. Lake Poyil

A delight for everyone during family vacations, Lake Poyil is located where the sea and Cherai backwaters meet. Here you may go on a boat ride or hire a pedal boat as you lazily glide through the glass-like water surface.

3. Breakwater Point

Witness the spectacular sunset Cherai has to offer at the Breakwater Point. Children will be delighted watching the locals in their traditional canoes and colorful boats. Do spend a night in one of the houseboats here while on your family vacations.

4. Vypeen Island

Vypeen Island was formed in 1341 due to heavy floods. Introduce your kids to the rich history of this island. The 16th Century remnants of Portuguese rule can still be found here. They also built the Pallipuram Fort, which is one of the island’s major attractions.

5. Mar Thomas Pontifical Shrine

The Mar Thomas Pontifical Shrine is dedicated to the Saint Thomas. It is a beautiful structure built in blue and white. The main highlight of this church is the right arm of St. Thomas. It is enclosed in a glass case and is open for display to the public from time to time.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Cherai for family vacations is between the months of September and May.

How to get there

The nearest airport to Cherai is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi. This is about 20km away. The nearest railway station is Ernakulam Junction. This is around 1km from the main boat jetty in Cherai. The place is also well connected by road to other cities in Kerala.

Where to stay

The Club Mahindra Cherai Beach Resort is located amidst lush greenery and has a beautiful pond in the middle by which you can relax and enjoy the tranquility the place has to offer. There are numerous activities to keep you and your little ones occupied when you all are not exploring the area. These are boating, kayaking, biking, table tennis, board games, and more. The resort also offers modern amenities to make your holidays more pleasurable. Some of these include the Svaastha Spa, gym, swimming pool, Italian restaurant, play area, and a whole lot more! The next time you and your family decide to visit Cherai, instead of just visiting its famous beach, do visit the above places and have a delightful time.

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