Ernakulam District

Enchanting

Ernakulam

Ernakulam, the commercial hub of Kerala, is a fast-growing city abuzz with industries, spectacular beaches and backwaters, shopping malls, cinemas and multiplexes, hotels and restaurants, food malls and pizza centres, Chinese restaurants, textile shops and jewellery shops.
Known for its Chinese fishing nets, old churches and synagogue, Ernakulam, also called Kochi (Cochin), is a developed city that has preserved its natural beauty. Kochi is famed as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea.'

Facing the backwaters studded with islands, Ernakulam is Kerala's most important commercial centre as well as the most prestigious residential area. Though not of as much tourism importance as its twin city of Kochi, Ernakulam has its own share of interesting places.

The city is the most urban part of Kochi, and has lent its name to the Ernakulam district. Ernakulam was once the capital of the Kingdom of Kochi. It is in Ernakulam that the famous temple of Lord Shiva, called the Ernakulathappan Temple, is situated.
The city is located 220 kilometres to the north-west of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala's capital.

In ancient times, the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British and seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi and left their impressions on the town. The Chinese nets, believed to have been first erected in 1350 AD in the backwaters, has become an identity of Kochi and Ernakulam. The Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture, Bolghatty Palace, etc., enrich the heritage of Kerala.

History has it that the Portuguese ruled Ernakulam in the 16th century. In the beginning of the 17th century, the Portuguese power was reduced, and the Dutch became the main power. With the help of the Dutch, the Cochin Royal Family recaptured Ernakulam from the Samoothiri (Zamorin) in 1710.

Then came the British period. Ernakulam was the capital of the Cochin State after Cochin was taken over by the British. Even now, traces of the Portuguese, Dutch, British culture remain in Ernakulam. The city, with its old churches, temples and its culture, is ranked first in the number of tourists visiting Kerala. Almost no tourist visiting Kerala leaves the state without visiting Ernakulam.

Since Ernakulam is located in the centre of Kerala, every tourist arriving here by air, train or bus can conveniently plan his/her travel to other places.

Ernakulam district was formed on April 1, 1958, carving out areas of the erstwhile Travancore, Kochi, Malabar kingdoms. A major part of the district is from the Kochi Kingdom. The district consists of the mainland Ernakulam, Willingdon Island, Mattanchery, Fort Kochi, Vypeen island (the world's most populous area), Bolghatty, etc. Ernakulam is the most modern city of Kerala where the best shopping malls and markets are located.
The town has three main parts  Fort Kochi (Fort Cochin), Willingdon Island and Ernakulam. Fort Kochi occupies the southern cape on the seaward side of the bay. Willingdon Island is a manmade island, created using the sand dredged to deepen the harbour. Across the causeway from Willingdon Island is Ernakulam. The Bolghatty island, a long narrow peninsula, is situated at the opposite side of Ernakulam boat jetty. The Vypeen island is situated beyond the Bolghatty island.

Ernakulam is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, with Alappuzha on the south, Idukki on the east, and Thrissur on the north. Ernakulam, one of the finest natural harbours in the world, is a major centre of trade and commerce. The present Ernakulam district includes Paravur, Aluva, Kochi, Kanayannur, Muvattupuzha, Kunnathunadu, and Kothamangalam taluks , which come under Fort Kochi and Muvattupuzha revenue sub-divisions.
A majority of islands in Kerala are in Ernakulam district. The main islands here are Willingdon Island, Vypeen, Cheriya Kadamakkudi, Valiya Kadamakkudi, Ramanthuruthu, Ponjikkara, Vallarpadom, Kumbalam, Panangad, Cheppanam, Nettur, Pizhala, Kanakattuathuruthu, Korampadam, Cheranellur, Chathandu, and Chendamangalam. All these islands are well-populated.

 

How to Reach

Airport-Nedumbaserry-14 km

Railway-Ernakulam Jn.

Bus station-Ernakulam

Nearby Tourist Destinations

 

Marine Drive

Facing the backwaters, the view from this breeze-swept stretch is enchanting. A popular hangout among Kochiites, Marine Drive is the perfect place for an evening stroll. There is a walkway along the side of the backwaters, lined by beautiful Gulmohar trees and benches on either side.

Broadway

Contrary to its name, Broadway is a narrow street. This street runs parallel to Marine Drive and Shanmugham Road. Broadway is packed with shops selling everything from household accessories to kitchenware

Bolghatty Palace

The Bolghatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744. Later, it became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin. Today, it is a heritage hotel run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation

Willingdon Island

A manmade island, created while developing Kochi Port, Willingdon Island is named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy to India. Ships entering Kochi Port berth at this island,

Cochin Shipyard    

The biggest shipbuilding yard in India, the Cochin Shipyard is situated in the southern part of Ernakulam, on the way to Willingdon Island. Set up with Japanese collaboration,

Kathakali Yogam  

Here, visitors can watch the famous kathakali, Kerala's own traditional dance-drama. Dancers in their colourful costumes, with painted faces and splendid attire, enact ancient legends.

Park Avenue

This area has three parks one of them for children  and they provide a good place to watch the ships and boats pass by. Kids can have a lot of fun, including roller-skating, joy boat ride, cycling, etc. while parents can relax under the shade of trees.

Parikshit Thampuran Museum

This museum on Durbar Hall Road, adjacent to the Shiva Temple, has a valuable collection of 19th century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures and copies of mural paintings.

Kerala Lalita Kala Academy   

It is located adjacent to a two-acre plot in the heart of the city, now called the Durbar Hall Grounds. Kerala Lalita Kala Academy was once the venue where the Maharaja of Cochin held his durbar (meetings, events). It is just behind the Shiva Temple.

Art galleries

Chitram Art Gallery, Kerala Kalapeedom (near the South Railway Station) and the Mareechika Galleria (near Jose junction on Chitoor Road) are the main art galleries in Ernakulam. Chitram Art Gallery (at Ravipuram) is probably the best-managed among these.

Museum of kerala history, Edappally
Important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through sculptures. Greeting the visitor outside is a statue of Parasurama, the mythological sage who is said to have created Kerala by a throw of his axe.

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, dedicated to 'Our Lady of Ports', is one of the important Marian pilgrim centres in the State. It also serves as the cathedral of the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

Edappally Church

Edappally, about 10 km. away from the city, is famous for the St. George Forane Church, one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the State. The church, popularly known as Edappally Pally, was a small structure at the time of its construction in 594 AD.

Vallarpadam church

The Vallarpadam church (Our Lady of Ransom), is one of the major basilicas of the Catholic. The church was declared the status of a basilica on February 12, 2005.It's the most important pilgrim centre in the country, in the name of Virgin Mary. Vallarpadam Church is also the centre of communal harmony.

Fort Kochi  

Just 13 km from Jose jn, in the heart of Ernakulam, lies Fort Kochi, by far the best part of Kochi. Once an obscure fishing village, it became the first European township in India. Today, Fort Kochi, with the arresting sight of the sun setting into the Arabian sea behind the mesh of Chinese nets

Kolenchery

Just by hearing the name Kolenchery what comes to the mind of any tourist would be not the Kolenchery Town but the St Peter’s Church. This centuries-old ancient Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is believed to have been constructed in the 7th century AD. Probably, the town is known by the church… read more

Kadamattom

Kadamattom Church The Kadamattom Church is one of the ancient churches in India, situated not far away from Kolenchery town, near Muvattupuzha. The church is believed to have been established in 9th century AD. There is no concrete evidence of the exact date of the establishment of the church. Some… read more

Kanjiramattom Mosque

Sheikh Fariddudin Mosque or Kanjiramattom Mosque is located around 25 km away from Ernakulam. The mosque is said to be built on the place where the Islamic guru and saint Sheikh Fariddudin was entombed to rest. Thus the mosque is believed to be built in memory of him. Currently, it… read more

Karingachira St. George Jacobite Church

This is just 1 kilometre from Thripunithura. The church is supposed to be even older than St Mary’s Church. Though the structure was rebuilt, the roof and other woodworks of the earlier structure are still visible. This church is on way to the Hill Palace. read more

Nedumbassery International Airport

Nedumbassery International Airport is one of the most prominent and busiest airports in Kerala. It was launched in the year 1999. Being located in the central Kerala, it remains more popular to the tourists as it is more convenient for them to access a good number of top tourist destinations in… read more

Lulu mall

Lulu is the biggest shopping mall in India read more

Marine Drive Cochin

Facing the backwaters, the view from this breeze-swept stretch is enchanting. A popular hangout among Kochiites, Marine Drive is the perfect place for an evening stroll. There is a walkway along the side of the backwaters, lined by beautiful Gulmohar trees and benches on either side. There are two bridges… read more

Bolghatty Palace

The Bolghatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744. Later, it became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin. Today, it is a heritage hotel run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), with lush green lawns surrounding it. It also has a mini-golf course. The hotel is on… read more

Willingdon Island

A manmade island, created while developing Kochi Port, Willingdon Island is named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy to India. Ships entering Kochi Port berth at this island, which resembles a quiet English village. Kochi Harbour, Headquarters of the Southern Naval Command, some of the best hotels in the… read more

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach remains one of the best locations in Kerala where tourists can enjoy a unique and special kind of charm as well as the scenic beauty formed by a perfect combination of backwaters, beach and islands. The coconut palms lining Cherai Beach offers a unique and unforgettable experience to the viewers.… read more

Chendamangalam

Chendamangalam is a small town located around 42 km away from Ernakulam. This small town is one of the top tourist destinations as well as historical places in Kerala. While the tourists are attracted to Chendamangalam's charming beauty which is bestowed to it by a perfect combination of rivers, streams,… read more

Thrippunithura (Tripunithura)

This town was the seat of the Kochi Rajas. It is the town of palaces. The descendants of the Kochi (Cochin) royal family still live here. When the kings of the erstwhile Kochi dynasty made this place their capital, the area where the palaces and the fort were constructed came… read more

Aluva

A famous pilgrim centre and summer resort, Aluva is the industrial epicentre of Kerala. A major transportation hub, with easy access to all major forms of transportation, Aluva acts as a corridor which links the highland districts to the rest of Kerala. Once it was the summer residence of the… read more

Kalady

Kalady is an important pilgrim centre situated on the banks of the river Periyar. It is the birthplace of Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya, the great Indian philosopher and Bhakti Saint of the 8th century. Kalady is a beautiful village with rustic simplicity and serenity, and situated very close to the river… read more

Malayattoor Kurisumudi Church

Malayattoor Kurisumudi Church  is one of the top Christian pilgrim centers in Kerala and is closely associated with Christ's apostle St. Thomas, who is believed to reach Kerala for gospel proclamation. St. Thomas, the patron saint or father of Christians in Kerala, believed to light the candle of faith in Kerala before he was… read more

Chottanikkara Temple

This temple enshrines the goddess Bhagavathi in three forms  Sraswathi (the Goddess of Learning), Bhadrakali (the fierce form of Goddess Kali who fights against the evil), and Durga (the Divine Mother). Mother Goddess is worshiped in the three forms  Saraswathi in the morning draped in white, Bhadrakali at noon draped… read more

Vallarpadam church

The Vallarpadam church (Our Lady of Ransom), is one of the major basilicas of the Catholic. The church was declared the status of a basilica on February 12, 2005.It's the most important pilgrim centre in the country, in the name of Virgin Mary. Vallarpadam Church is also the centre of… read more

Mattancherry

Mattancherry, the vibrant commercial centre of Kochi, has many historic monuments. This western part of the Corporation of Cochin was once a bustling centre of trade, particularly in spices. Invasions from across the sea were frequent and over time, the invaders left indelible marks on the landscape, culture, art and… read more

Fort Kochi

Just 13 km from Jose jn, in the heart of Ernakulam, lies Fort Kochi, by far the best part of Kochi. Once an obscure fishing village, it became the first European township in India. Today, Fort Kochi, with the arresting sight of the sun setting into the Arabian sea behind… read more

Kumbalangi Tourism

Kumbalangi village, located on the outskirts of Cochin, where you can savour natural local rustic beauty at its best. Everywhere you get to see a village touch. After getting a place in the tourism map, this beautiful village has now turned into a traveler's paradise.  Not far from the madding… read more

Bhoothathankettu Travel Guide

Bhoothathankettu, near Kothamangalam, which means 'monster fort' is another perfect getaway in Kerala for nature lovers.  It is an ideal eco  tourism destination, providing the perfect holiday for nature lovers with forests to trek in, birds to watch, a river for boating, rapids to shoot, a lake to fish in… read more

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

This is the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Named after the legendary ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, Thattekad bird sanctuary is one of the important bird sanctuaries of India. Dr. Salim Ali described the sanctuary in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in Peninsular India, comparable only with the Eastern… read more

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Located in the heart of the city of Ernakulam on Dr. Salim Ali Road and behind the Kerala High Court, Mangalavanam gives green freshness to Ernakulam city.  This bird sanctuary is a small, quiet, peaceful forest. Many migratory birds seek sanctuary here throughout the year. Mangalavanam gained importance because of… read more

Broadway

Contrary to its name, Broadway is a narrow street. This street runs parallel to Marine Drive and Shanmugham Road. Broadway is packed with shops selling everything from household accessories to kitchenware, clothes to shoes, books, gold and fancy ornaments, footwear, medicines, bags of all kinds (from export-quality leather to low-priced… read more

Cochin Shipyard

The biggest shipbuilding yard in India, the Cochin Shipyard is situated in the southern part of Ernakulam, on the way to Willingdon Island. Set up with Japanese collaboration, this shipyard has a building dock for ships up to 85,000 DWT and a repair dock that can accommodate ships up to… read more

Gurukulam Kathakali Yogam

ere, visitors can watch the famous kathakali, Kerala's own traditional dance-drama. Dancers in their colourful costumes, with painted faces and splendid attire, enact ancient legends. Other kathakali centres: See India Foundation on Kalathiparambil Road, near Ernakulam Junction railway station (show at 6.45 p.m. daily); Cochin Cultural Centre on Manikath Road,… read more

Park Avenue

This area has three parks one of them for children  and they provide a good place to watch the ships and boats pass by. Kids can have a lot of fun, including roller-skating, joy boat ride, cycling, etc. while parents can relax under the shade of trees. The place is… read more

Parikshit Thampuran Museum

This museum on Durbar Hall Road, adjacent to the Shiva Temple, has a valuable collection of 19th century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures and copies of mural paintings. Scriptures in stone and plaster of paris, the collection from the Cochin royal family, etc., are added attractions. The building itself is… read more

Kerala Lalita Kala Academy

It is located adjacent to a two-acre plot in the heart of the city, now called the Durbar Hall Grounds. Kerala Lalita Kala Academy was once the venue where the Maharaja of Cochin held his durbar (meetings, events). It is just behind the Shiva Temple. Kerla Lalita Kala Academy holds… read more

Museum of Kerala History Edapally

Museum of Kerala History is located at Edapally, a few kilometers away from the crowded Ernakulam city. This safe distance offers quietness inside the museum campus that is covered with huge trees. Walking along the shadow pedestrians that lead to the entrance of Museum of Kerala History, you will be… read more

St.Mary's Cathedral Basilica Ernakulam

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, dedicated to 'Our Lady of Ports', is one of the important Marian pilgrim centres in the State. It also serves as the cathedral of the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Situated near High Court Junction, the large and elegant basilica is an arresting sight. It was built in… read more

Edappally St. George Forane Church

Edappally, about 10 km. away from the city, is famous for the St. George Forane Church, one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the state. The church, popularly known as Edappally Pally, was a small structure at the time of its construction in 594 AD. In 1080 AD, a… read more

St. Francis Church Kochi

Constructed in the year 1503, St. Francis Church Kochi is the oldest European church in India. The wooden-structured church was rejuvenated by the Portuguese. Gaining permission from the Kochi Raja, they restructured this church into a stone building. Tiled roof on Timber frames, semi circular doors, etc. are some of… read more

Chitram Art Gallery Cochin

Chitram Art Gallery is one of the most prominent and well maintained art galleries in Cochin, Kerala. Located on MG Road Cochin, this art gallery is easily accessible. Various exhibitions held at Chitram Art Gallery Ravipuram Cochin remain a better means to behold some of the original paintings by the… read more

T.J. Tours & Travels Ernakulam

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Naivedya Ayurveda Hospital & Research Centre

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Lisie Hospital Ernakulam

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Lourdes Hospital Ernakulam

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Cimar Hospital

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Wonderla Amusement Park

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LULU Shopping Mall Cochin

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Lakeshore Hospital & Research Centre

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Peninsular Woods Resorts

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Soma Kerala Palace

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Soma Birds Lagoon

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Joy Alukkas Jewellery Cochin

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