ERNAKULAM

Ernakulam is the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It is the commercial capital of Kerala. Located on the coast of the Arabian sea  Cochin is one of the best natural harbours of the world. Ernakulam was once trade centre of the western coast with the Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and British empires. Kalady in Ernakulam district is the birthplace of Sankaracharya. Fort Kochi, a small and beautiful township has a historic background, which was constructed by the Portuguese.  Vypeen, Mattanchery, Fort Kochi, Varappuzha and Willington Islands are some of the satellite townships of Ernakulam. The huge fishing nets known as Cheena Vala (Chinese fishing nets) are the gift of the Chinese traders who is believed to have visited first for trade and commerce to the Malabar Coast. Ernakulam is one of the fastest growing places in Kerala

AT A GLANCE

Head Quarters
Kochi (Kakkanad)
Area 
2407 sq km
Major Religions 
Hindu, Christian, Muslim
Population Density
1012 persons/sq km
Literacy  

93.20%

Date of formation 
April 1, 1958
Altitude
2m above sea level

ACCESSING ALAPPUZHA

Air
Nearest Airprt is Cochin Interrnational Air Port
Rail
Ernakulam is a major rail junction of Kerala
Bus
The National Highway 47 passes through Ernakulam

Telephone Access Code: +91-484
Tourist Information Office: 2360502


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Mattanchery Palace: The Portuguese built Mattanchery Palace for presenting to the King of the erstwhile princely state of Kochi. It was constructed in 1555. It is known as the Dutch Palace, since the Dutch renovated it on a later date. It has a large collection of mural paintings, dresses and Palanquins used by the former rulers.

Jewish Synagogue: The Jewish Synagogue is the best example of communal harmony that prevailed in Kerala. The synagogue was built in 1568 A.D. Scrolls of Old Testament and a number of copper plates with inscriptions in Hebrew Script can be seen in the Synagogue.

Kodanad: Kodanad is located 45 Kms away from Ernakulam which is on the southern bank of Periyar river. It is famous for elephant taming centre. Facilities for elephant ride are also available here.

Kochi: Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian sea’, Kochi is the main commercial center if Kerala. The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, various monuments of the British era, the Jewish Synagogue and the famous Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, all demonstrate the cultural heritage of Kerala.

Bolghatty: A beautiful island situated away from the hustle of the city. The elegant Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD, is now a KTDC Hotel. The island also has park and golf course.

Willington Island: This beautiful manmade island is surrounded by backwaters. Willington Island houses many government offices.

Fort Kochi: St. Francis Chruch, the first church built by the Portuguese in India, in the year 1503, stands here. The body of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama was first buried here. The famous Santa Cruz Cathedral is also at Fort Kochi. Chinese Fishing nets are another attraction of Fort Kochi.

Hill Palace Museum: Kerala's first ever heritage museum and an ethno-archaeological museum are the main attractions. The museum showcases oil paintings, murals, scripture in, manuscripts, furniture, inscriptions and coins belonging to royal family.

Kallil Temple: A Jain temple carved out of a single stone. It also has statue of Mahaveera.

Cochin Carnival: Cochin Carnival, December 2 to the New year day, attracts a number of domestic and international tourists each year.

Other Places of Tourist interest are Kaladi – the birth place of Sri Shankaracharya, Cochin Shipyard, Cherai beach, Bhuthathaankettu reservoir, Kerala Historical Museum, Thatteckad bird sanctuary etc…

FESTIVALS: Malayattor Perunnal, Athachamayam festival, Aluva Sivarathri are some of the important festivals.

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