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Top Places of Tourist Interest in Ernakulam, India

Updated on July 14, 2015
Ernakulam - coastal area
Ernakulam - coastal area | Source

Top Interesting Places in Ernakulam

Ernakulam in Kerala, India is bordering Arabian Sea.There are several tourist interesting places in Ernakulam.  The word Ernakulam was drawn from a Tamil word "Erayanarkulam" means abode of Lord Shiva's.   From time immemorial  Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi and left their impressions in the town. The Chinese fishing nets, believed to be erected in 1350 AD, swaying in the breeze over backwaters, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese Architecture, Bolghatty Palace etc. enrich the heritage of Kerala. Some of the most interesting places in and around Ernakulam within a distance of 50 kms are mentioned here.

Beaches -

Fort Kochi

Cherai - 25 kms away from Ernakulam.

Churches -

Santha Cruz Basilica in Fort Kochi

Mount Carmel Church, Varapuzha

St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi

St. George Forane Church, Edapally

Malayattoor Church - 47 kms from Ernakulam

Museums -

Indo-Portughese Museum, Fort Kochi

Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithura

Museum of Kerala History

Park - Subhash Bose Park in Ernakulam


Chinese net
Chinese net | Source

Palaces

Dutch Palace - 3 kms from Ernakulam by boat.

Bolghatty Palace - Today it is K.T.D.C hotel


Boat Cruises

Cochin city tour

Backwater village tour

Synagogue

Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry

Jewish Synagogue, Chendamangalam - 42 kms from Kochi

Mosque

Kanjiravattom Mosque - 30 kms from Kochi


Temples at Ernakulam

Chottanikkara Temple - where Mother Goddess is worshipped in three forms - Saraswathy in morning, Bhadrakali in the afternoon and Durga in the evening. - 13 kms from Cochin.

Vamanamoorthy Temple at Thrikkakara - 10th-13th century temple - 8 kms from Kochi

Sri Poornathreyasa Temple - dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu - earlier belonged to Cochin royalty,

Shiva Temple - One of the ancient temples of Kerala.

Cherai Beach
Cherai Beach | Source
Tourism week at Cherai Beach
Tourism week at Cherai Beach | Source
Inside Jewish Synagogue, Chendamangalam
Inside Jewish Synagogue, Chendamangalam | Source

Other Interesting Spots in Ernakulam

  • Marine Drive at Ernakulam
  • Willingdon Island - A manmade island named after Lord Willingdon a former British Viceroy to india.
  • Art Complex at Edappally - 10 kms from Cochin
  • Vypin Light House
  • Pallippuram Fort
  • Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Art Centre
  • Kalli Kotta, Thripunithura
  • Chinese Fishing nets
  • Kalady - Birth place of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the great Indian philospher lived in the 8th century. - 45 kms from Cochin
  • Kodanad - One of the largest elephant capturing places of South India till 1977. - 45 kms away from Cochin city
  • Kottayil Kovilakam at Chendamangalam - which was the seat of Kshatriya chieftains of Villarvattom is 42 kms. away
  • Dutch Cemetry


Inside Jewish Synagogue, Chendamangalam
Inside Jewish Synagogue, Chendamangalam | Source

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