Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. One of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia , Kerala is India's only tropical paradise. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. One such mesmerizing place in Kerala is Ernakulam.
Ernakulam is developed on the modern lines and features a commercial centre in the city of Kochi. The region features some great eating places in Kochi. The elephant procession taken out during festival days is a prime attraction of Ernakulam, not to mention the Aqua tourism in Ernakulam.
Tourist attractions in Ernakulam
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Ernakulam are -
- The Dutch Cemetery: This cemetery is an eloquent witness to the period of once blossoming European community at Fort Cochin.
- Santa Cruz Basillica Church: This historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558, and later proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.
- Kaladi: The birth place of Adi Shankaracharya, this tiny village is a pilgrim centre 45 km away from Kochi, situated on the banks of the Periyar River.
- Malayatoor Church: On the slopes of the picturesque Western Ghats is this Christian pilgrim centre, established in 900 A.D., believed to have been blessed by the Apostle of Christ, St. Thomas.
- Pierce Leslie Bungalow: Founded in 1862, this graceful colonial abode, a blend of Portuguese, Dutch and native building style, was the office of the coffee merchants, the Pierce Leslie and Company.
- Loafer's Corner/Princess Street: One of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, best view of this dainty street can be had from Loafer's Corner, the traditional meeting place and hangout of the jovial people of the area.
- Willingdon Island: Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India, this man-made island is surrounded by stunning backwaters.
Best time to visit Ernakulam is after the monsoons, between the months of July and September.
How to reach
To reach Ernakulam, the nearest International Airport is at Nedumbassery (20 km). The main Railway Station is Ernakulam (Cochin) junction, while the other station is at Kochi Harbour Terminus. An excellent road network links Ernakulam to all major towns and cities in India.
The hotels in Ernakulam offer an impressive blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Ernakulam are Hotel Quality Inn Presidency, Abad Atrium, Le Meridien, Sealord Hotel, The Avenue Regent, The International Hotel, etc.