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Interesting Facts About Ernakulam :

Ernakulam is the most urban part of Kochi in central Kerala and is referred to as the commercial capital of the state due to the extensive progress made on the industrial, political, cultural and commercial front. As the city is located in the south western coastal state of Kerala, the climate is tropical, with no major changes in temperature throughout the year and a very mild difference between day and night. Winters from December to February are much cooler, thus making it the ideal time to visit this destination.

Ernakulam is a very busy and lively place with plenty of highrise buildings, crowded malls, restaurants and is home to several educational institutions. Ernakulam has always been inhabited, right from the Stone Age and has played an integral part in creating and bettering trade relations between Kerala and the world at large from ancient times. The city, with its old churches, temples and culture, attracts a huge number of domestic tourists and so tourism is a key contributor to the economy of Kochi.

Transportation within the city is fairly convenient and reasonable and is serviced by the Vytila Mobility Hub. Private/ Government buses, autorickshawas, long and short distance trains and ferries make commute for a local very easy.

How to reach :

By Air : The nearest international airport is located at Nedumbassery. You can also easily get to Ernakulam by taking regular flights to Kochi airport from other major cities of the country.
By Train : There are regular trains available from other major cities of the country to Ernakulam.
By Ferry: One can also travel by ferry to Ernakulam as there are two ferry stations there.
By Bus: Ernakulam is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
One can opt for bus services from Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Munnar, etc to Ernakulam.

Some must-visit attractions:

Cherai Beach - Located at a distance of about 25 km from downtown Kochi and about 20 km from Cochin International Airport, this beach lies in Cherai, a suburb of Kochi city. Stretching along 10 kms, this is one of the beaches where one can enjoy the sight of sea water alongside the backwaters. It is also ideal for swimming, as it is a relatively cleaner beach with much less crowd and mostly low tide. Known for its frequent dolphin sightings and all the above reasons, this beach is much preferred by foreign tourists.

Marine Drive - Built along the backwaters in Kochi, this scenic promenade is a very popular hangout amongst locals and visiting tourists due to the fact that it is a bustling and attractive centre of activity. One can find several shopping malls, coffee shops and eating joints along this stretch making it an ideal spot to enjoy a bit of shopping or to just hang out and then settle down to relax the view of the setting or rising sun. There are also several boat jetties along the walkway.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary - A nesting and roosting ground for several variety of resident as well as migratory birds, this sanctuary also supports many types of mangroves, making Mangalavanam a rejuvenating green area. As it plays a big hand in keeping the pollution of the city under control, it is also eligible to be called ‘the green lung’ of Kochi. A bird lover’s paradise, one can find a wide variety of bird species like the common redshank and greenshank, brahminy kite, white-breasted waterhen and many others along with a few mammals like the Indian flying-fox, painted bat, three-striped palm squirrel etc.and a few species of fish.

Bolgatty - Bolgatty is an island in Kochi that is famous for one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces,  built outside of Holland. The Bolgatty Palace was first built in 1744 by Dutch traders and then later extended with landscaped gardens. It served as the home of the British Governors during the British Raj and was later assigned as the property of the State and was converted into a heritage hotel resort. Today, this palace is an attraction site and a holiday destination for tourists as it has a swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course, an ayurvedic centre and Kathakali performances daily.

Hill Palace Museum - This is Kerala’s largest archaeological museum and first heritage museum which exhibits the royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi. A fine display of traditional Kerala architecture, this palace complex which is spread across 52 acres, has approximately 49 buildings. Besides this, the complex has a deer park, pre-historic park, a childrens park and a large variety of rare medicinal plants.

Santacruz Cathedral Basilica - This church, which was built by the Portuguese, was spared from being destroyed by the Dutch conquerors, who demolished many Catholic buildings and eventually elevated to the status of a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Eventually the British brought down  the structure and commissioned a new building in 1887. The impressive Santa Cruz Church was finally proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 and is definitely worth visiting while in Ernakulam.

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Interesting Facts About Ernakulam :

Ernakulam is the most urban part of Kochi in central Kerala and is referred to as the commercial capital of the state due to the extensive progress made on the industrial, political, cultural and commercial front. As the city is located in the south western coastal state of Kerala, the climate is tropical, with no major changes in temperature throughout the year and a very mild difference between day and night. Winters from December to February are much cooler, thus making it the ideal time to visit this destination.

Ernakulam is a very busy and lively place with plenty of highrise buildings, crowded malls, restaurants and is home to several educational institutions. Ernakulam has always been inhabited, right from the Stone Age and has played an integral part in creating and bettering trade relations between Kerala and the world at large from ancient times. The city, with its old churches, temples and culture......Read More


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