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Ernakulam, also referred to as Cochin, is called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. The commercial hub of Kerala, it is a fast growing city abuzz with industries, shopping malls, cinema houses, hotels and restaurants. Known for its Chinese fishing nets, churches, synagogues and the spectacular backwaters, Cochin is a developed city that has preserved its natural beauty.

The town has three main parts- Fort Cochin, Willingdon Island and Ernakulam. Fort Cochin (Fort Kochi) occupies the Southern cape on the seaward side of the Bay. Willingdon Island is a man-made island which was created from the sand dug out from deepening the port. Across the causeway from Willingdon Island is Ernakulam. The Bolghatty Island, a long narrow peninsula, is situated at the opposite side of Ernakulam jetty. The Vypeen Island is situated beyond Bolghatty Island.

Ernakulam (or Cochin) is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea with Allapuzha on the South, Idukki on the East and Thrissur on the North. The commercial capital and of Kerala, Ernakulam, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world which is a major centre of trade and commerce.

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Area 2407 sq kms
Population 3,105,798
Best time to visit September to February
Temperature 23 – 32 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0484



Marine Drive

A popular hangout among Kochiites, Marine drive is the perfect place for an evening stroll. A walkway by the backwaters it is lined by beautiful Gulmohar trees and benches on either side. There are two bridges on each end of the walkway; one, in the shape of a rainbow and the other, shaped as a boat....

Shiva Temple

Known as the Ernakulathappan Temple, the God of this temple is named after the city (Ernakulam). The deity Shiva, faces the west towards the sea which is a rarity. The idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi found in the temple are believed to be self created. The Arattu procession where the deity is taken

Museum of Kerala History

10 kms from the city this museum at Edappally was the brainchild of industrialist and philanthropist, R Madhavan Nair. The sculptures in the museum depict the history of Kerala through the Neolithic Age to the Modern age. The one hour light and sound show depicts Kerala’s journey through the past...

Santa Cruz Basilica

The Santa Cruz Basilica was built by the Portuguese in 1506 and recognized as a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. It was demolished by the British in 1795 and a new building was erected at the same site in the year 1887. It is a brilliant structure with a blue dome.

St Francis Church

It is India’s first European church built in 1503 by a group of Portuguese. The Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama was buried here in 1524. 14 years later his remains were taken back to Lisbon, however, his tombstone remains intact. Regular services are conducted on all days of the week in English...

Maritime Museum

The museum established in 2001 consists of two bunkers which have been converted into galleries. One showcases the maritime heritage of India while the other shows the ship building activities of India through the Indus Valley civilization to the modern times.

Pardesi Synagogue

The synagogue built in 1568 has 19th century chandeliers from Belgium, and blue willow pattered Chinese floor tiles from the 18th century. There is also a 4th century copper plate which carries the Maharaja’s inscription in Malayalam, in the unique Kannadiezhuthu (Mirror Writing) script which is...

Spice Market

The Spice market on Jew Street is a treasure trove of a variety of spices such as ginger, cardamom, cloves and pepper. Workers can be seen drying, sorting and packing the spices for retail. Walk into the spice market and let the whiff of spices flood your olfactory senses taking you back in time, when...

Willingdon Island

Named after the viceroy of India, Lord Willingdon, this 775 acre island was created from the soil dredged up while deepening Kochi’s Harbour in 1928. This engineering feat was led by Sir Robert Bristow. The island lies between mainland Ernakulam and Mattancherry. the island houses the Cochin Port...


The first eco-friendly tourist village in India, Kumbalngi has numerous home stay options. It is a tiny village facing the backwaters in the western part of Cochin. Kalagramam, the artists’ village is a major attraction.
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