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Introduction

Ernakulam refers to the eastern part of the mainland of Kochi city in Kerala, India. Ernakulam is the most urban part of Kochi and has lent its name to Ernakulam District. The name 'Ernakulam' is derived from the name of a very famous temple of Lord Shiva called the Ernakulathappan Temple. It is also said that the word Ernakulam was drawn from Malayalam words 'Ere naal Kulam', which mean 'Pond for a long time'. Ernakulam is the commercial capital of the state of Kerala.

Area 40 sq km
Altitude sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-21.0C,Max.-35.0 C Winter,Min.-15.0C,Max.-25.0C
Language Malayalam and English
STD Code 0484
Rainfall 3432 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit December to May

Ernakulam MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Cochin/Kochi (Airport Code: COK) has a world-class modern international airport, located 30kms north-east of the city, with regular flights to major cities in India. Cochin is also connected to Singapore, Colombo and all major cities in the middle-east (Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah, Muscat, and Riyadh) by direct international flights.
  2. Rail:-Ernakulam is a main railhead of the Southern Railway .
  3. Road:-An extensive network of national/state highways and local roads link Kochi to rest of the country. Three important National Highways(NH) pass through/start from Kochi, apart from many state roads. NH 47 from Kanyakumari to Salem pass right through the heart of Kochi while NH 17 to Mumbai and NH 49 to Madurai (in Tamil Nadu) starts from Kochi.
  4. Backwaters/Sea:-Kochi has a magnificent all weather natural port that is used regulary by large cargo ships. Regular boat service to places like Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala.

Places to Visit

Dutch Palace Jewish Synagogue Aattachamayam Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Chottanikkara Temple Cochin Carnival Thalassery Fort Santa Cruz Basillica Chruch

Excursion

Cherai Beach Thripunitra Thrissur Guruvayur

Shopping

The items are of immense beauty for the simple reason that Keralities are gifted artisans. Among Kochi's best buy are metal-ware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shell, bamboo, cane, embroidered screwpine mats; grass mats; and several other types of handicrafts. Kochi also has several antique dealers, jewellery stores, readymade garments and ethnic hand-woven textiles worth adding to your shopping basket. The major shopping centres are on M.G. Road which cuts across the heart of the city, and the Marine Drive including Broadway.

Accommodation

Taj Malabar Hotel Abad Atrium Hotel Abad Airport Best Western Avenue Hotel Casino
Gokulam Park Inn Hotel Le Meridien Hotel Presidency Hotel Renaissance Hotel Hilton
Hotel Abad Plaza Hotel Abad Fort Hotel Abad Metro Mermaid Days Inn Hotel White Fort
Brunton Boatyard Malabar House Residency