Fringed by lush coconut groves, this 15-km-long beach, on the outskirts of the city, is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Its pristine, calm and shallow waters lapping at the golden sand are ideal for enjoying a relaxing swim. Lying to the north end of the Vypeen island, Cherai Beach offers an amalgamation of backwaters and beach experience. Scattered with unique shells and conch, the beach makes for a fun day excursion. If you’re lucky, you can also spot dolphins nearby! While sunbathing on the beach, tourists can spot the popular Chinese fishing nets. You can also indulge in water sports like surfing and speedboat rides. The beach is lined with shacks that offer a fine selection of Malabar cuisine.