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ERNAKULAM - Queen of Arabian Sea

Ernakulam is Kerala's only true tourists enclave - sea, sun and greenery with a dash of charm fulfilled by the chain of amazing backwaters. But it's much more than all this. Famous for its historical colonial buildings, giant fishing nets and islands, it is today the popular industrial and commercial hub of Kerala. The city has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Earlier being the major trading center for the mariners from Arabia, Holland, China, and Portugal, Ernakulam is blessed with diverse culture and grandeur.

Best Time to Visit Ernakulam :- August to March

Prime Attractions of Ernakulam (Kochi)

Attractions of Ernakulam :- It is an enchanting tourists destination to spend some time exploring the treasures of historical India, hunting the numerous art galleries and nap in some of the luxurious heritage accommodation relishing the taste of exotic culture and traditional rituals practiced by people in this part of the state. The fact that Ernakulam Kerala India is the first district of India to have achieved 100% literacy rate is because of its developed and dynamic educational standards of its inhabitants.

Location :- Bolghatty Island in Kochi
Built By :- Dutch Traders in 1744
Current Status :- Converted into Heritage Hotel Resort – (Facilities provided swimming pool, 9 hole golf course, Ayurveda center)
Must See :- Shiva Temple
Location :- 10 kms from Ernakulam
Built By:- Portuguese in 1557 and gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi
Must See :- Bhagavathi Temple built in the typical Kerala architecture known as Nalukettu
Location :- Kochi
Built By :- Jewish trading community in 1568 AD
Visiting Timings :- 10 am to 12 noon and again from 3 pm to 5 pm every day except Saturdays and Jewish holidays more..
Highlight :- One of the most famous festival celebrated in Ernakuam
Attractions:- Amazing procession, decorated elephants, traditional performances of fold artists
When it is celebrated:- August/September (Atham asterism in the Malayalam month of Chingam)more..
Location :- In between Neriamangalam and Adimali, along with the national highway that link Kochi with Madurai
Highlight :- Cheeyappara Waterfall beautifully cascading down in seven steps is a treat to the eyes.
Activity :- Nice Place to go for trekking more..
Dedicated To :- Goddess Bhagwati
Must See :- religious festival Chottanikara Makam thozhal that is celebrated in the temple annually more..
Location :- Fort Kochi
Celebration Time:- Last week of December
Attraction :- Spectacular procession of decorated elephants, other games and partiesmore..
Location :-National Highway (NH 47) between Ernakulam and Aluva
Abbual Feast :-23rd of April
Location :- Lake of Kochi
When it is held:- Last week of December
Highlight :- Trophy is named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India
Jewish Festival Celebrations :- Passover Festival, Hanukka and Pentecost Festivalmore..
Venue of Festival :- Kanjiramattom Mosque, 25 kms from Ernakulam When is it celebrated :- 14th of January annually more..
Location:- 50 kms north of Kochi, was the ancient port town of Muziris or Crangannore
When is the festival celebrated :- March/ April more..
Venue :-The feast or the 'Perunnal' at the famous Catholic Church at Malayatoor is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter
When is it celebrated :- March/April. more..
Built By :- Portuguese
Must See :- Beautiful collection of paintings and a decorative ceiling
Built in :- 1923
Highlight :- Portuguese Explorer Vasco-da-gama died here
Must See :- Gravestone of Vasco-Da- Gama more..
Thalaserry fort, located at a distance of 22 kms from Kannur constructed in 1708 AD was the military centre of the British. more..

Chinese Fishing Nets :
Location :- North of Fort Kochi
Introduced in India :- Traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai introduced them in Indian in 1350 – 1450
Popularly Known As : Cheenavala
Highlight :- One of its kind in the country

Mattanchery Palace :
Location :- 10 kms from Ernakulam
Built By:- Portuguese in 1557 and gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi
Must See :- Bhagavathi Temple built in the typical Kerala architecture known as Nalukettu

Wellington Island :
Location :- Cochin
Highlight :- Links Cochin with other seaports of the world and houses some of the district's best hotels, commercial and industrial offices

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary :
Location:- Ernakulam district of Kerala.
Attractions :- 41 species of birds in the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary representing 25 families. Little Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Heron are the most common species found here
Best Time to visit:- May and July.

Places To Stay - Ernakulam (Kochi)

Choice Sea Side Hotel, Cantonment.
Centaur Tourist Home, M A Road.
Kamala International, S M Road.
Kavitha Tourish Home, S N Park.
Motel Aram, Kalliassery.
Omars Inn, Station Road.
Yatri Nivas (KTDC), Near Police Club.
Bharat Hotel, Ernakulam.
Casino Hotel, Willingdon Island.
Dwaraka Hotel, Ernakulam.
Ganam Hotel, Ernakulam.
Grand Hotel, Ernakulam.

Maps - Ernakulam (Kochi)

Railway Network Map
Road Map
Travel Map

How To Get There - Ernakulam (Kochi)

By Air
Cochin International Airport is located at Nedumbassery which is around 34 km near to the city Angamali that is connected by daily flight to Thiruvanathapuram, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa
By Rail
KErnakulam Junction railway station (ERS) is not only an important rail head in Kochi but of whole Kerala state. Some of the important trains that paas via this junction includes New Delhi - Kerala Express, Hazrat Nizamuddin Mangala Express, Varanasi Kochi Express, Howrah Express, Mumbai Trivandrum Express and Mumbai Trivandrum Express.
By Road
Cochin is linked to Willingdon Island by railway Venduruthy bridge and also by road. Kochi lies on NH47 that links Salem to Kanyakumari via Thrissur (79 KM), Alleppey 63 kms, Pallakad 146 kms, Thiruvanthapuram 210 kms. Ernakulam’s KSRTC Bus Stand conducts daily services to almost all the major attrcations of Kerala.
Ferry service is available for travel between the island towns. The city of Ernakulam is connected to Alleppey and Kottayam by sea.
Local Transport
Taxis, city buses and autorickshaws.

Distance between Ernakulam and Cochin : 8 KMS
Distance between Ernakulam and Alleppey : 63 kms
Distance between Ernakulam and Kollam : 150 kms
Distance between Ernakulam and Trivandum : 210 kms
Distance between Ernakulam and Kovalam : 235 kms
Distance between Ernakulam and Madurai : 234 kms
Distance between Ernakulam and Chennai : 729 kms

Ernakulam to Kerala Tour Packages :

Classic Kerala Package
Duration : 07 Days / 06 Nights
Places Covered : Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin

Kerala Backwater Tour
Duration : 04 Days / 03 Nights
Places Covered : Cochin - Kumarakom - Alleppey – Cochin

Weekender Houseboat Package
Duration : 03 Days / 02 Nights
Places Covered : Cochin - Alleppey – Cochin

Kerala Honeymoon Package
Duration : 06 Days / 05 Nights
Places Covered : Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey – Cochin