Kerala tourism; the golden beach Cherai, Kochi
The narrow road meandered through the serene backwaters…….somewhere a fisherman’s picture glided past my eyes……….the chirping of aquatic birds broke the silence……..
Lots of questions filled my mind while I was traversing this road. Where have I reached? Is this heaven?
The road stopped near a beach of clean and crystal clear waters. All of a sudden, golden rays of the sun embraced the horizon……………..the waves turned crimson as if they didn’t like to part with the sun.
This is the natural picturesque spot of Cherai, Kochi. Even if my native home is very close to this lovely spot, I could enjoy its glorious beauty recently only. The place was hidden inside a village and it got explored by the tourism department of Kerala few years back. During my last visit, I was taken aback at the beauty of this idyllic beach that is woven with palm fringed trees, backwaters, lagoons and canals by the eternal hands of God. The exemplary feature of Cherai beach is the rare blend of backwaters and sea that can be viewed very closely.
Cherai beach is a part of the Arabian Sea, situated in Vypin Island, Kochi, about 6km from North Paravur, my hometown. It is also known to be the Gateway of Muziris, the heritage capital of Kerala, 25km from Kochi International Airport. Lush green coconut groves and paddy fields add to the revelation of Cherai beach along-with sandy shores. If sunrise occurs on one end of the backwaters, sun sets on the sea creating a wonderful golden colored ambience of the merge of sky with sea. This beach has started attracting a lot of tourists, owing to the rich versatile features it has.
Cherai beach is shallow with mild waves and is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Walkway enables a visitor to walk through the shores enjoying the beauty of the beach as well as the village. A cruise in the country-boat would take you through the palm fringed backwaters. At some inner point, fishing nets installed consecutively can be spotted that echoes on the main occupation of the people living here.
Prawns, lobsters, crabs are the main dwellers in these waters. The rare kind of fishing shack built by dried coconut leaves is one attraction in Cherai backwaters. A song scene in a Malayalam movie named “Nandanam” was shot on this fishing shack here.
Hotels on the beach
The endeavors of Kerala tourism in raising Cherai beach as a major tourist spot brought light into the establishment of various hotels and resorts of international standard here. Cherai beach resorts, Sun village resorts and Indriya beach resorts & spa are some of them. They’ve the contemporary services and amenities to meet the traveler’s needs and provide a comfortable stay on the nature’s lap.
Cherai beach resorts
This resort is designed so elegantly that the cottages or villas inside it have waterfront view of both the sea and the backwaters. If the front side of the villa gives a mesmeric vista of sunset in the sea, the back side cools the eyes with sunrise in the backwaters. The resorts have a number of cottages both heritage and modern picturesquely landscaped with lagoons, canals and single arch bridges meandering them. Fishermen villas symbolize the cultural heritage of Kerala whereas modern villas are meant for a luxurious stay.
The resort provides all the necessary items such as beach umbrellas and beach benches to spend evenings on the beach. Tourists can visit the fishermen village, fishing boatyard and fishing harbor to spare sometime with the country people. Ferry boats carrying paddy or fish, fishermen spreading their nets, reapers singing in the fields, children splashing water, storks on their catch out for prey and kingfishers diving in for fish lure the eyes of a nature lover. The monsoon season makes Cherai beach magical with waters gushing into the sea and backwaters along-with the cloudy climate.
Facilities in the resort
Cherai beach resorts would clasp to the memories of a traveler all through his lifetime with all the facilities it has. The resorts have a splendid collection of villas from which you can choose your favorite. They are:
- Pool villas have an outlook of a fishermen villa with a mini pool added to it. With a round bedded room and a balcony overlooking the lake, these villas maintain their charm and the tourist’s emotions as well.
- Fishermen villas are typical tribal houses of Kerala. They are built using the natural products such as coir, bamboo and the roof thatched with palm leaves. Mud plastered walls also add to the ambience. These natural products cool the atmosphere inside the villa. Enjoy nature outside and inside through Cherai beach resorts.
- Sunrise villas are newly built facing the serene backwaters. They have a separate courtyard with gorgeous gardens, hammocks and sunbath facility. Backwaters would present a pleasant cool panorama of sunrise for the guest staying in this villa.
- Doctors Premium villas are newly built Kerala modern homes in a natural setting. With two master bed rooms and bath rooms, this villa is ideal for a family stay.
- Doctors villas are air conditioned facing a lotus pond. Beach can be accessed easily from this villa.
- Club villas are compact modern Kerala homes furnished with all the amenities.
- 4 bedded villas are heritage type non A/C villas for a family or a group. These villas have separate enclosed courtyards for private gatherings and functions.
- Garden villas resemble club villas equipped with all modern facilities.
Conference halls in the resort
Cherai beach resorts have three types of conference halls to minister those who would propose for a natural setting.
‘Rajadhani’, the A/c conference hall has the panoramic view of Arabian Sea & swaying coconut leaves with a capacity of 75 people in classroom style and is well furnished with all the modern facilities for conferencing.
‘Tharavadu’, the heritage type mini A/C conference hall has the view of backwaters and coconut lagoons and can accommodate 25 people in classroom style.
'Koothambalam', the open-air banquet hall with thatched roof facing the Arabian Sea has a capacity of 300 people.
Would you like to visit Cherai beach?
Kerala Ayurvedic massage is very popular and tourists always visit Kerala aspiring for the same. Cherai beach resorts have a unique treatment centre 'Ayurmana spa' having the facilities for all Ayurvedic treatment, Yoga and Naturopathy.
It is one's personal choice to visit Cherai beach during summer season or monsoon. But summer (March - May) is the peak season when the beach gets crowded with tourists and locals. Sunrise and sunset can be viewed best at this time. Monsoon (June - September) makes this place majestic as the climate also adds its own aura to this water world. The waves would be big and the walkway also will get occupied by the beach. This is the off season when tariffs also go low.
A visit to Cherai beach is like a visit to heaven that would remain a golden feather in your souvenirs.
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