Cherthala is a small town in Kerala.
One way to get there is to travel on the train from Ernakulam or Alleppey. Cherthala is connected to Ernakulam and other major towns like Alleppey and Thiruvananthapuram by the arterial national highway (NH 47) which runs very close to the town. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport. The other ways are as follows. 1. Use a bus from Ernakulam to Alleppey. Almost everybus stops in cherthala. A new route by KSRTC low floor AC VOLVO also plys through the route. 2. There is buses from Kottyam to cherthala. Both KSRTC and Private buses is there. 3. Use SWTD boat service to reach Thavanakadavu from Vaikom. From Thavanakadavu there is buses to Cherthala every 5 minutes or less. This is the easy route for people from Vaikom or near areas to reach College Of Engineering, Cherthala
The best way to travel around the town is to hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.
- Cherthala has several beaches, backwaters and the largest lake of India. Popular tourist beaches are Marari beach, Arthunkal and Andhakaranazhy. They are free to visit. Thanneermukkom Dam a scenic place and Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is nearby.
- Arthunkal basilica is a must see place when you are in cherthala. Its one of 6 basalicas in kerala for the catholics. The shrine was made by Portuguese people which is still kept intact. Arthunkal beach is in front of this Church.
- Andhakaranazhy beach is a good place to visit. Its just 10 km from cherthala town. Watching sunset with your loveable one, this is the best place you can hav around the town.
- Thaneermukkam is where the biggest saltwater blockade is located. You can have a nice house boat ride in those backwaters, an experience you will never forget. This place is also famous for "kallushaps" or Toddy parlors which has excellent currys. you shouldn't miss it.
- Pathriramanl or the midnight sands in a beautiful island near to town. The island is excellent repository of flora and fauna which is still uninhabited by man kind. Boats are available to island which should be missed. (Boats take Rs. 500 per group for journey to the island to and fro.)
- Kollappally Devi Temple is famous in Cherthala, Meena (March-April)Thiruvathira Ulsavam, Pongala (February)and Navarathri is very popular
- Thankey Church (Thankey), Kadakkarappally P O (Kadakkarappally, Cherthala, Thankey, Kerala Cherthala, India), ☏ . It is the miraculous statue of the Passion of Our Lord that attracts thousands to Thankey every year in a pilgrimage marked by repentance and an earnestness to start a new life.
- Vasundhara Sarovar. Live barbecue lobsters.
- Vinoos Park. Locally famous fish roast.
- Meeshakkaran Dileepettans Restaurant, Mayithara,Cherthala, Alappuzha (Near St.Michael's College). This is one of the most sought after Sea Food Restaurants in Cherthala.
Sweet tender coconut water is the locally available nourishing beverage in Cherthala. Specialist coconut climbers will pluck raw fresh tender coconut in front of you and make it drinkable with 4 or 5 slices on top portion to make a hole in it.