Travel means going to new places, seeing what the world is like, meeting new people, and hopefully coming home with a broader mind, tons of stories about new experiences, and a thirst for travel that can’t wait. to extinguish. This makes it a habit for many people including myself to keep visiting these places. Actually the best part of traveling is not what we know, but what we don’t know. In other words, the unknown, the new, the unexperienced are all included in the best part of the journey.
After a tiring few days, we decided to take a relaxing trip to relax our body and soul. It was then the right place in my opinion; one of the most beautiful stretches of beautiful sandy beach facing the Arabian sea, Cherai beach. Anyone who has been to this place will realize why I call it the perfect place to relax.
How To Reach Cherai
Cherai Beach is located in Kochi, India. It is very close to Vypeen Island. I, as an Alleppey native, can reach Cherai beach in almost one hour and 45 minutes. It’s only a matter of 86 km.
For those from faraway places, the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery; it is 23 km from Cherai. If you want to go by train, then the nearest train station is in Aluva; it is only 23 km from cherai. If you want to go by road, Cherai is only a 15-minute drive from North Paravur; i.e. almost 5 km. It can be approached from Ernakulam either by taking a ferry to Vypeen Island 22 km away, which takes 45 minutes by bus from Cherai or taking the longer road route via Edappally to North Paravur and from there to Cherai, it is about 25 km away. I always prefer to go by the road enjoying the scenic beauty of the places on both sides.
Sights & Activities
Once we got to the beach, the view there was much more interesting than expected. I was so blown away by the happiness and serenity of the beach. It feels like enjoying life to the fullest; Yes!! It really is. Fishing and fishing are the two main activities that I witnessed there. At the same time, swimming, bird watching, cycling are just as interesting.
For me, fishing is really a strange activity. That definitely adds to my excitement. This is the “corner” fishing method. Angle is nothing but like a fish hook. It is usually attached to the fishing line and the fishing line is often attached to the fishing rod. It is the ultimate recreational sport that tests the sharpness and patience of the sportsman.
Cherai is a genuine angler’s paradise. Fishing and fishing tours in the magical waters of Cherai, can be the most extraordinary experience. There are people I meet who are regulars and expert anglers now.
Simply relaxing under the cool shade of a coconut tree with a fishing rod ready to reel in unsuspecting fish can be a stunning holiday exposure. This was my first experience using a fishing rod and excitedly lifted the rod each time to see if a fish appeared with it. It was a great activity and caught 5 or 6 karimeen fish.
Our next item of action is playing throwing balls at the beach. You can’t imagine the excitement of playing with friends on the beach, enjoying the afternoon breeze; for a moment I really returned to that beautiful day.
After spending some time enjoying all these activities, we decided to explore the unique charm and beauty of the back waters of Cherai. It was indeed an amazing experience. It’s a serene ride through the meandering backwaters where the heart of Cherai goes. The dangling branches of the coconut trees create an unforgettable symphony of green. The skilled fishermen using their traditional Chinese fishing nets is a nostalgic sight.
For those from far away, budget beach resort advanced bookings are also available there. It will be a much more amazing experience. There are so many good restaurants available nearby for food and snacks. I really enjoyed the restaurant atmosphere there along with the delicious cutlets and samosas.
Cherai’s Spiritual Side
Now a bit on the spiritual side, the important attraction here is the shrine cherai festival. Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is a famous pilgrimage center in Kerala. It is also known as South Pazhani and was built in 1912. The Gowreeswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruka. Idle was opened by Sree Narayana Guru.
To see Cherai at her best, one must join the festival. The commercial of more than 30 elephants and the magical sound of “Panchavaadya” and the stunning view of the celebratory fireworks is a divine attraction. In an extraordinary display of grandeur, 30 elephants flock together during this temple festival. The Thalapokkamalsaram competition is the main attraction of this festival. Kadhakali, Ottan Thullal and other art forms are performed during the evenings of the festival.
There are many other attractions including Pallipuram church, Juma mosque, Portuguese fort, rice fields etc. After exploring all this, it was almost time for me to leave for the day. It was the end of a beautiful day with lots of activities and memories. I left the place with a promise to visit the place again in a little while.