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CHERAI (Malayalam : ചെറായി) is a region in Kochi
Kochi
Taluk , a suburb of the city of Kochi
Kochi
, in the state of Kerala
Kerala
, India
India
. It is at a distance of about 25 km from the High Court Junction, Kochi
Kochi
. Cherai
Cherai
has the longest beach in Kochi
Kochi
- the Cherai beach
Cherai beach
. The beach is located towards the centre-north of the Vypin
Vypin
island.

The Cherai
Cherai
Beach is 10 km long. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.

Cherai
Cherai
has played an important role in the history of modern Kerala by becoming the birthplace of two prominent political personsages of modern Kerala
Kerala
- Mathai Manjooran and Sahodaran Ayyappan
Sahodaran Ayyappan
.

Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is one of the main Hindu
Hindu
temple. The temple is maintained by Vijnana Vardhini Sabha (V. V Sabha). It also known as Kerala
Kerala
palani . The festival in the temple is biggest festival in Eranakulam district. The festival happens every year towards the last 2 weeks of January or first 2 weeks of February. The main attractions are Elephant march(around 20-30 elephants).

There is one more famous temple in Cherai, which is Azheekkal Sree Varaha Temple famous for its beautiful chariot .It is one of the oldest temple owned by Gowda Saraswatha Community.

CONTENTS

* 1 Nearby attractions * 2 Notable people * 3 Gallery * 4 External links

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

* Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro-Malabar Pilgrim Church, North Paravur : First church in India
India
and one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas the Apostle
Thomas the Apostle
in the first century. * Portuguese Fort : Built in1503 by the Portuguese also known as Aya Kotta. It is the oldest European monument in India. It was an out post to safeguard the famous Muziris Port. In 1661 the Dutch captured the fort and in 1789 the fort was handed over to the King of Travancore
Travancore
. * Pallipuram Syro-Malabar Church : The church is built by the Portuguese in 1577. The exquisite picture of Ave Mary on the top of "Altar" is brought from Portugal.The yearly celebrations of Lady of snow happening in August every year.The Water parade of boats is one of the notable function .

NOTABLE PEOPLE

* Mathai Manjooran * Sahodaran Ayyappan
Sahodaran Ayyappan

GALLERY

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Cherai beach
Cherai beach
*

Chinese fishing nets *

Walkway on the sides of the road to Cherai
Cherai
from North Paravur
North Paravur

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AREAS OF KOCHI

Munambam
Munambam

Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea

Paravur

CHERAI

Ayyampilly

EXTERNAL

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