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|• Panchayat President||Srimati. Chinnamma Dharman|
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Cherai (Malayalam: ചെറായി) is a region in Paravur Taluk, a suburb of the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. It is at a distance of about 25 km from the High Court Junction, Kochi. Cherai has the longest beach in Kochi - the Cherai beach. The beach is located towards the centre-north of the Vypin island.
The Cherai Beach is 10 km long. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.
Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple is one of the main Hindu temple. Temple is mainatained by Vijnana Vardhini Sabha (V. V Sabha). It also known as 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.
- Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro-Malabar Pilgrim Church, North Paravur: First church in India and one of the seven churches founded by St. 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.
- 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 .
Walkway on the sides of the road to Cherai from North Paravur
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