Ernakulam is situated in Indian state of Kerala. It forms the western region of the mainland of Kochi. It is a major commercial hub in Kerala and is also home to the Cochin Stock Exchange which is the only stock exchange in the state.

Where does Ernakulam get its name from?

Ernakulam gets its name from the popular Ernakulathappan Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Tourist Attractions in Ernakulam

Ernakulam offers a number of tourist attractions in the form of historical palaces, museums and picnic spots.

Bolgatty Island

The Bolgatty Island is an important tourist destination in Ernakulam. The island houses a large golf course and a palace that was built by the Dutch in 1744.

Marine Drive, Kochi

A walk down Marine Drive offers scenic views of the Cochin Port and the sea. Visitors can also enjoy boat rides here.

Parikshith Museum

This is a significant tourist spot in Ernakulam. The Parikshith Museum displays a host of relics that date back to the 19th century.

Dutch Palace

This is marvelous palace built by the Portuguese in 1568. Built in typical colonial style of architecture this palace attracts manages to grab everyone's attention.

Hill Palace Museum

The Hill Palace houses an assortment of paintings; epigraphy and furniture of that once belonged to the royal family of the state.


Chendamangalam is a small village located next to Ernakulam. Many pilgrims and tourist visit this place as it is unique for having a Church, a Hindu Temple, a Synagogue, and Mosque, all situated close to each other.


The Bhoothathankettu is a beautiful picnic spot in Ernakulam. It is a wonderful dam site built over a vast virgin forest. You can also boat rides in the dam.

How to Reach Ernakulam?

Ernakulam is reachable by Air, road, railroad, ferry and boat services.

By Air
The Cochin airport is situated at a distance of 5 km away from Ernakulam. Ernakulam is connected to all the major cities and towns in India by a strong airways network. Most of the domestic flights operate regularly to Kochi.

By Train
The town is extremely well connected to all the Indian cities and towns via a strong railway network. There are two important stations one is in Ernakulam and the other is at Cochin terminal. There are several trains that operate between Kochi and the other cities in south India.

By Road
Ernakulam also has a bus station that is situated in the heart of the town. There are numerous buses that ply from the other cities and towns in Kerala to Ernakulam on a daily basis.

Last Updated on 8/26/2011