Cherai Beach

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: No entry fee.
Time Required
One to two hours
No specific timings
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Couples and Families.

Quick Info

Cherai Beach is a renowned beach cum backwater getaway on the north-end of Kochi's Vypeen Island in Kerala. It is home to a number of premium getaway resorts that are popular for honeymooners. The beach is just 25 kms from Kochi, the business capital of Kerala, and is just 20 kms from Kochi International Airport.

Rankings & Ratings

A picturesque beach which is centrally located.
Editor's Rankings

#6 in 16 Things to Do in Cochin
#5 in 7 Sightseeing Spots in Cochin

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

The Cherai Beach is close to many significant tourist locations in Cochin. The beach is not extremely well-maintained. But a plus point is that there are many accommodation facilities near the beach along with plenty of food joints.


  • Easily accessible from many prominent places.
  • Plenty of accommodation and restaurant options.
  • Chinese fishing nets can be seen and operated.
  • A number of places to visit nearby.


  • Too crowded during weekends and holidays.
  • The beach is littered, especially near the Chinese fishing net area.



Detailed Info

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). The Cherai Beach is famous for its scenic beauty and the traditional look.

For holiday makers that prefer to spend time relaxing on the beach, you can quench your thirst with tender coconuts and if lucky, you could see dolphins frolicking in the sea. With beach beds and umbrellas available for hire, Cherai Beach is a pleasant and convenient place to stay. The sea is clean and shallow making it ideal for swimming, sun bathing and surfing.  On the beach, visitors can enjoy several water sport activities like water scooters, speed boats and canoe ride.

The Cherai beach has a 400 m walkway with high mask lamps and trained security staff, making the beach enjoyable even at night. There is also a park for children on the beach which is safe for all ages. The scenic beauty and the traditional outlook of Cherai Beach guarantees visitors an enchanting stay.

There are plenty of accommodation options in Kochi. One can find budget, mid-range and luxury hotels near the beach. You can find multi-cuisine restaurants too.

Cherai Beach is an all season destination. However, October to April is the best season. During these periods the climate remains pleasant. During December, the beach is the venue for a five-day tourism festival called the Cherai Beach Tourism Mela. Cultural shows and performances of traditional art forms like Kathakali are held on the occasion.

The nearest railway station to Cherai Beach is Ernakulam Junction.