Best Beach Vacations for Families – Cherai, Kerala

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Kerala proudly represents natural scenic beauty, long coastlines and some of the best beaches. I?d pick Cherai beach anytime as it is the best beach vacations for families Kerala boasts.

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How to get to Cherai?

Upon reaching the city of Kochi, Kerala, Cherai beach lies at a 25 km distance from downtown Kochi and is 20 km from Cochin International Airport. Aluva Railway which is 23 km from Cherai or Ernakulam Railway Station which is 40 km away. From either you can take a taxi for US $5.14. By road, you can take a bus from Cochin-North to Paravur-Cherai for US $0.12.


So what can I do there with my family?

Well, apart from walking down the 15 km long coastline, which is surrounded by thick coconut groves and paddy fields, you can splash calm water over each other, take a swim, surf or even sunbathe.

  • The beachfront is the perfect spot for clicking candid and posed photos.
  • Feeling more adventurous? You can take a speedboat ride or a water scooter. Additionally, you can take a canoe ride or snorkel.
  • When you?ve had enough of the water sports, hire a bicycle for as low as US $0.58 per day and move around the surrounding village to explore local life.
  • There?s a good chance of getting a view of the dolphins as they?re often spotted close to the beach.
  • Families love to hang out at Subhash Bose Park, which is located near Marine Drive, Kochi city. The park has recently been renovated and is a special place for families to bond and spend some quality time together. Also, kids can enjoy some fun rides and swings. Taxi is the best way to get to the park. Normal tariff starts at US $2.19. Open daily from 10 am to 9 pm.
  • Wonderla amusement park is a favorite among kids as it offers some thrilling rides and also has a water park. It is open daily, from 11 am to 6 pm during weekdays and 11 am to 7 pm throughout weekends and public holidays. Tickets for an adult cost US $14.19 and $9.70 for children.

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Shop to your heart?s desire

Kochi has something for every kind of shopper.

  • For national and international brands under one roof, head to Lulu Mall. Located at 34/1000, NH 47 Edapally, Kochi.
  • For authentic Indian sarees, checkout Milan Design boutique which comprises of a wide variety of beautifully crafted sarees, ranging from conventional designs to designer ones. Find it at Habeeb Towers, Mahatma Gandhi Road.
  • ABAD Nucleus Mall, is where you?ll find most local Indian brands that cater to a foreign audience as well. It?s an ideal place to shop for chic clothing and jewelry. Addressed, NH 49, Poonithura, Maradu, Kochi.

Feast on some great food by the beach

A couple of cool spots to beat those hunger cravings are Lilliput Multi Cuisine Restaurant, which also caters to Muslim families looking for halal food. Chilli Out Cafe is worth a visit if you want to grab some pizza, barbecue along with some veg options. For fast food on the go, head to Coffee Espresso and Burger Spot.

Wake up to a beautiful Sea View

There are numerous hotels and resorts surrounding the beach and I?ve picked some with the best facilities and beach views. Sunset Beach Villa Cherai gives you a double room with sea view for US $51 per night as well as Petit Elephant, charges US $97 for a junior suite with sea view. For complete privacy, Coconut Gardens lets you book an entire villa for US $73 per night. All these amenities are perfect for a family of 4.

Final word

The state of Kerala is like an entire country in itself within India, as it is far from the conventional cities full of traffic, pollution and the glitz and glam of the film industry. Don?t miss this gem of a place for consolatory stay.


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16 thoughts on “Best Beach Vacations for Families – Cherai, Kerala”

  1. I’ve been to other parts of kerala but never heard of this place.. but your blog has intrigued me top check it out.. thanks off the complete list..

  2. This looks like a very nice place, and it is what you say, it is a county by itselves, because if you think about India, you think about mass cities, pollution, Bollywood and such.

    But seeing this is like wow.

    This country has beautiful places and this is one of them!

    I will show this to my wife, hopefully she agrees with me so we could go to there one day.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  3. This is an excellent article with capable data of beach vacation visits. many of us do not know regarding travel route, cost accounting and allow staying on beach aspect. the majority wish to understand regarding completely different chance and placement with scenery and diversion scope before have started their travel. This travel data is rare assortment and useful tips for those traveler who like to visit new place and to see beach scenery.

  4. Visiting India has always been on my bucket list. Obviously one of the attractive things is the price of everything. I always knew it was cheap but I didn’t realise quite how cheap it all is. I didn’t know that there’s dolphins in India. That just adds another reason for me to visit:) Thanks for a great review

    • Hi Hollie,

      If you do go to india, you will end up going back many times. Its so big and has so many cultures you cant get all of it in 1 go. I’m from india and i’ve experienced maybe 15% of it in the last 30 years! 

  5. I have not had a true vacation in over a decade. This looks ideal.

    Is getting a flight here expensive or are flights fairly reasonable?

    I have always loved the beaches and water. It is my life dream to some day get a yacht and travel from one beautiful place to the next. Places like this are exactly what I am looking for.

    Great article. It helps build to my dream portfolio.

  6. Hi Tarun

    Cherai does sound like an amazing place to spend a holiday. It looks so beautiful, and such fantastic beaches!

    I was pleasantly surprised at the price of the accommodation there. Can it really be true that a whole family can stay in a villa for just $73 per night?

    I have never been to India, but you certainly make it sound alluring. Could you please tell me the best time of the year to visit Cherai, and what temperatures to  expect? I really hope that I can take the opportunity to visit one day.

    Thank you so much for this info.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Hi Chrissie,

      Yes India is quite affordable when compared in US$ and it also depends on where you stay.

      The best time is after the monsoons which ends around sept-oct! going between nov – march is ideal.

  7. Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful review about Best Beach vacation for families.The view ig natural and inspiring.I like quiet places,and this Kerala beach seems to be a quiet place too.

    I have a friend who is living in New Delhi and I am planing to visit him soon,I will tell him to show me this wonderful place.

    Best regards

    • Hi Julienne,

      if you plan on going from New Delhi to Kerala, its around 4-5 hours by flight! the north and south of india are very different in culture, people and scenery! Im sure your friend will love going to kerala.

  8. Hi Tarun,

    Wow, Kerala really looks like a very good place for visit. I’m probably gong to include this place as part of my next vacation trips. I love to visit places that looks natural, not the type that look overcrowded. The surroundings look beautiful, it looks like a nice place to stay really! 

    I like the coconut groves and the scenes around. Oh, you even mentioned that we can hire a bicycle for as low as $.058 the whole day for a ride around the beach and the local villages. that really sounds good. This is surely one of my next trip visit.

    Thanks so much for sharing, I’m glad i found this article.


  9. Thanks for an eye opening rundown of Kerala! I am always interested in reading about new places to visit. This sounds quite interesting to me. I ha e never been to India but this sounds like a worthwhile destination to consider. I love the detail you gave especially about getting around the various locations and the approximate cost of doing so. Have you been to Kerala? How long of a flight is it from Philadelphia?

    • Hi dave,

      that’s gonna be a long flight – around 20 hours including stop overs.

      yes i’ve been there a few times as I have family there… its always a great place to get away from stress!


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