Built in 1912, dedicated to Lord Muruga Gowreeswara Temple is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre in Kerala. It also known as Kerala palani. The festival in this temple is biggest festival in Kochi. The festival at Gowreeswara Temple is celebrated in the last 2 weeks of January or first 2 weeks of February. The trumpeting of more than 25 elephants, Panchavadya and the firework display, combine to evoke a feeling of time-honoured tradition.
Cherai Beach bordering the northern end of Vypeen Island is a popular beach destination. Located about 25 km from Ernakulam city Cherai is a unique combination of sea and backwaters rimmed by lush green coconut palms and paddy fields. The 15 km long golden Beach is shallow and is ideal for swimming. The main beach has a walkway and high mask lamps which make the beach enjoyable even at night.
Cherai is a village on Vypeen Island which is part of Ernakulam district. A narrow island strip stretching some 40 km, Vypeen has backwaters to the east and the Arabian Sea to the west. Caressed by both the sea and the backwaters Cherai presents a unique environment. Cherai beach that lines the village of Cherai along the Arabian Sea extends for about 8 kms!
Varaha temple of Cherai was constructed in 1869. This is the also the only temple in India where both the deities of Sree Varaha and Sree Venkateswara, incarnations of lord Vishnu, are installed side by side and worshipped as a single diety.
The main attraction of Cherai is the 'Poyil' a large inland lake separated from the arabian sea only by a narrow sandbar. You can also try angling at the 'poyil'.
Pallipuram church was built by the Portuguese in 1507 and houses an exquisite picture of Ave Mary originally from Potugal positioned above the altar. Festival at Pallipuram church is celebrated for 15 continuous days every year!