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The flourishing city of Ernakulam or Kochi, in the South West Coast of Kerala, also known as ”Gods Own Country”, is renowned for its breath-taking beauty overlooking the Arabian Sea with backwater hubs like Kottayam and Alappuzha districts in the south. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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  • The flourishing city of Ernakulam or Kochi, in
    the South West Coast of Kerala, also known as
    Gods Own Country, is renowned for its
    breath-taking beauty overlooking the Arabian Sea
    with backwater hubs like Kottayam and Alappuzha
    districts in the south. For centuries, it has
    been a melting pot of merchants and tourists from
    across the world and has witnessed the presence
    of invaders like British, Arabs, Chinese,
    Portuguese, and even Dutch.
  • The pleasing surroundings and easy connectivity
    to other parts of the country make Ernakulam one
    of the most popular tourist cities in Kerala.
    Also known as the Commercial Capital of Kerala,
    it hosts the highest number of international and
    domestic tourists and is the major business hub
    of Kerala with the highest revenue yielding
    record in the state.

  • Ernakulam was formed by the two princely states
    of Travancore and Cochin and the British Malabar
    in 1958 by carving out regions from Thrissur and
    Kottayam and came to be acknowledged as the
    biggest natural port and centre of trade on the
    West Coast. The city boasts some of the most
    charming churches and palaces that reflect the
    Portuguese, Arab and British influence left
    behind by their legacy and cultural imprints as
    well various historical sites, synagogues,
    ancient mosques, temples, forts, beaches and
    other tourist attractions.

7 Best Places To Visit In Ernakulam
  • Mattancherry Palace
  • Fort Kochi
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Willingdon Island
  • Bolgatty Palace
  • Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
  • Santa Cruz Basilica

1. Mattancherry Palace
  • The magnificent Mattancherry Palace built by the
    Portuguese in the year 1557, is considered to be
    one of the important places to see in Ernakulam.
    Popularly known as Dutch Palace, its imposing
    structure and architecture resembles a typical
    traditional Kerala house with 4 individual wings
    and a patio in between. Located on Palace Road, a
    place noted for being the former trade centre, it
    is flanked by backwaters of the Arabian Sea and
    is a short distance away from the heart of
  • The rustic and old-fashioned streets leading to
    the Mattancherry Palace are an inspiration to
    history buffs, film-makers, travellers and
    artists alike. The palace encompasses a huge
    courtyard in the centre that has a beautiful
    temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati, the
    protective deity of Kochi community. Also worth
    seeing is the vivid collection of frescos and
    paintings adorning a large portion of the palace
    walls and the sprawling gardens and manicured
    lawns. It is believed that in the yester years,
    this cheri (street), was lined with mutton
    butchers, and so it ended up being called

  • Today, the place displays centuries-old
    architectures and various social and cultural
    imprints and ruins left behind by foreigners.
  • Formerly known for being the spice hub in Kochi
    due to the trade of tea and spices like pepper,
    cardamom and turmeric, Mattancherry is known for
    being a place of multiple cultures with various
    communities like Jews, Konkanis, Gujaratis, Jains
    and Marathis residing there. Here gothic style
    churches, agraharams, mosques and synagogues
  • Location Mattancherry, Kochi,
  • Timings 10 AM to 5 PM, closed on all Fridays
  • Entry fees INR 2 per person

2. Fort Kochi
  • This seaside town in the south-western part of
    main Kochi is popular for its old-world colonial
    charm, and still showcases every single cultural
    change it has gone through over the centuries.
    One can spot remnants of Portuguese and Dutch
    colonialism in this quaint city which is dotted
    with similar structures and has an overall
    ambience that brings to light the colonial powers
    that once ruled over the place. The fort region
    of Kochi has witnessed the rise and fall of great
    powers including the Portuguese, Chinese and the
    Dutch, before it came under the nation-wide
    British rule in the 18th century. it houses the
    vibe of an ancient colonial city with its cobbled
    streets, colourful and charming buildings and a
    picturesque view of the beach, and is one of the
    best places to see in Ernakulam.
  • Location Fort Kochi, Ernakulam
  • Timings 530 AM to 1130 PM
  • Entry fees N/A

3. Jewish Synagogue
  • Amongst the 7 synagogues located in this region,
    this Jewish synagogue is the only one which is in
    operation today. It was constructed in 1568 and
    is also called the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or
    Mattencherry Synagogue. A journey inside takes
    you through the rich architecture and history of
    the place and the pulpit in the middle of the
    hall signifies the rich heritage of a not so long
    ago established prayer centre. The buildings
    interior has been done up with rare and
    handcrafted materials most if which are extinct
    today. The best part is that the synagogue is
    still run by Jews and not the government
    authorities, which has helped to a great extent
    in maintaining the authenticity of the holy
    place. Cameras and handbags are not allowed
  • Location Synagogue Ln, Jew Town,
    Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi
  • Timings 10 AM to 12 PM, 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Entry fees INR 5 per person

4. Willingdon Island
4. Willingdon Island
  • Beautifully housed in the heart of Kochi, the
    82-year old Willingdon Island showcases the
    spectacular prowess and the intellectual level of
    human mind, and is counted as one of the best
    places to see in Ernakulam. The archipelago is
    named after Lord Willingdon, the British Viceroy
    of Indiaand international ports, and is home to
    some of the opulent resorts and commercial and
    industrial buildings of the district.
  • The artificial islands surrounded by the
    mesmerizing Kerala backwaters, also serve as
    headquarter for the southern naval base of the
    Indian Navy and Central Institute of Fisheries
    Technology. Apart from the commercial purposes,
    the island has become a popular weekend getaway
    destination amongst locals and tourists alike.
    One must visit this place to experience absolute
    bliss and rare natural beauty.
  • Location Kochi Port, Off Kochi City, Kochi
  • Timings 5 AM to 11 PM
  • Entry fees N/A

5. Bolgatty Palace
  • This magnificent palace located in Bolgatty
    Island of Ernakulam is one of the oldest existing
    Dutch palaces that is situated outside
    Netherlands, and is an exquisite example of the
    Kochi style of architecture. Built in 1744 by
    Dutch traders, it is one of the major tourist
    attractions and was later extended, and gardens
    were landscaped around it. The palace has been
    remodelled today as a luxury hotel and is a
    favourite among couples. The palace is divided
    into three distinct sections, the Main Block, the
    Marina Block and the Mansion Block, overlooking
    the citys International Marina. 4 well-appointed
    luxury rooms are fitted with plush amenities like
    swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, health
    club, in-house restaurants and conference hall,
    which warrant a comfortable stay. The edifice is
    extremely plush and exudes a regal vibe with
    their lavish furniture and is truly priceless.
    From the comfort of your room, you can watch
    ships entering the Kochi port through the estuary
    or simply hop aboard a boat yourself and explore
    the very famous backwaters of Kerala.
  • Location NH966A, Mulavukad, Kochi
  • Timings 930 AM to 530 PM
  • Entry fees N/A

6. Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
  • The massive sanctuary sprawling over 7 acres is
    situated in the heart of the lively city of Kochi
    and comprises of 18-acres of mangroves which are
    filled with various species of trees and plants.
    The sanctuary remains one of the major tourist
    attractions and conducts a free nature camp which
    is attended by tourists, nature lovers and
    botanists from different parts of the world. The
    sanctuary is home to a large variety of rare
    migratory birds and is like a heaven for all the
    bird watchers and nature lovers. In the middle of
    the sanctuary, there is a shallow tidal lake
    present which is surrounded by thick mangrove
    vegetation and is connected to the backwaters of
    Kochi via a canal. The sanctuary houses six
    species of mammals, seven species of fishes and
    species of amphibians, and close to 194 birds
    belonging to 32 different species along with 17
    species of butterflies and 51 species of spiders.
  • Location High Ct Road, Ayyappankavu, Kochi,
  • Timings 9 AM to 630 PM
  • Entry fees N/A

7. Santa Cruz Basilica
7. Santa Cruz Basilica
  • The Santa Cruz Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of
    the finest and most impressive churches in India
    that is thronged by tourists all year round.
    Built by the Portuguese, Santa Cruz Basilica is
    considered as one of the heritage edifices of
    Kerala, and serves as the cathedral church of the
    Diocese of Kochi. This Roman Catholic Cathedral
    is a centre of great historical significance and
    exhibits marvellous artistic splendour with
    vibrant colours of medieval times. Its interiors
    are adorned with paintings and murals of gothic
    style and columns are decorated with frescoes.
    Inside there are seven large canvas paintings
    along with beautiful stained glass windows. When
    the Dutch captured Kochi, they ruined all
    Catholic establishments except the famous St.
    Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral.
  • But later in the year 1795, the church was
    destroyed when British took over the Kochi city,
    and only a granite pillar of this grand cathedral
    remained following the devastation of the Santa
    Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and till date, it is
    well preserved in the south-eastern corner of the

7. Santa Cruz Basilica
  • The stunning architecture of the basilica depicts
    a perfect blend of the Indo-European and the
    gothic style, and exhibits gorgeous architectural
    splendour with beautifully crafted wooden panels
    and pulpit. Due to its unparallel beauty and
    grandeur and overwhelming arches, the church is
    one of the top places to see in Kochi for every
    kind of traveller.
  • Location Bastian St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi,
  • Timings 700 AM 630 PM on weekdays, and 8 AM
    to 630 PM
  • Entry fees N/A
  • Ernakulam is all about sun soaked golden
    seashores, endless beaches, incessant calm blue
    waves and green swaying groves of coconuts, and
    ideal for holiday seekers. So are you ready to
    soak in the beauty of Kerala with Ernakulam? Keep
    this list of top places to visit in Ernakulam
    handy and book your flights and stay well ahead
    of time.

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