The Best Things To Do in Ernakulam

Ernakulum has something for everyone and its tourist places convey its culture, influences and history. To see the city's best spots, do try to plan a stay of around 2 days in Ernakulum. Kick start your stay in the city by visiting the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace built in the 16th century and the Jewish synagogue- the oldest active synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations built in 1568. The stunning architecture of both these places ooze its historic charm and show Chinese and Classic Malayalam influences merged with an impeccable taste of art.The Boghatty Palace is as much a lesson in Kerala's culture as it is in its history. Built in the 18th century, the huge palace accommodates a hotel, an Ayurvedic center to pamper yourself to a rejuvenating massage and Kathakali performances that are a highlight for tourists.During your visit to Ernakulum, don't miss out on the religious places like the Churches and Temples, especially if you are in the city during the festival season. A spiritual visit to St Francis Church- the oldest church built in 1510 AD by the Europeans in India, gets you closer to the city's history. The remains of Vasco da Gama where kept here for 14 years before they were taken to Portugal. Another Church- St.Francis Assissi church (popularly known as Naduvileppalli) merges the architectural influences of Portuguese and Kerala styles and is loved for its tranquil space. Closer to the sea line, the Chinese Fishing nets that are so intrinsic to Ernakulum is a rare treat to see while the ferry to the Wellington Island is just as beautiful as taking a walk at the famous sea-link between Kochi and its trade ports. If you are an Art and History lover, the M.N.F Gallery of paintings and Sculptures, Chitram Art Gallery and the Museum of Kerala History will satiate your curiosity with detailed exhibits and art pieces that will take your breath away. For Nature lovers, Mangalavanam's evergreen forests are ideal for bird watching and hiking through the electric greenery all around!

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ernakulam, India

Must see places in Ernakulam ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Ernakulam and point of interests to visit.

  1. St. George Syro-malabar Catholic Forane Church, Edappally

    #1 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    St. George Syro-malabar Catholic Forane Church, Edappally

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Palarivattom - Edappally Rd, Edappally, Ernakulam, Kerala 682024, India

    Timings: 05:30 am - 08:30 pm Details

    The Edappally Church Complex dates 14 centuries back when the country of India and the state of Kerala did not exist and the water occupied the space till the small harbor of Edappally. Catholic relig...Read more

  2. Bhoothathankettu

    #2 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam

    Tags: Forest, Waterfront, Dam

    Address: Kothamangalam - Idamalayar Road, Kerala 686681

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Bhoothathankettu Dam & Reserve Forest has its story rooted in Hindu Mythology. It is believed that the Ghosts (Bhootham)tried to submerge the Trikkariyoor temple whose deity is Lord Shiva, by maki...Read more

  3. Pavakulam Sree Mahadeva Kshetram

    #3 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Pavakulam Sree Mahadeva Kshetram

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Kaloor, Kochi-682017, Ernakulum District, Kerala State, India.

    Timings: 04:00 am - 08:30 pm Details

    The Paavakkulam Shree Mahadeva Temple’s main deities are Lord Shiva and Swayamvara Parvathi Devi and is one of themost popular temples in Ernakulum. Hindu religion believes that there is one God...Read more

  4. Kadamattom Chruch

    #4 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Kadamattom Chruch

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: kolenchery ,Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682311, India

    Timings: 06:00 am - 09:30 pm Details

    Established in 865 AD by Mor Abo- a Persian priest with the help of “Aikunnathu Karthakkanmar” in AD 865, the church is deducted to the priest who was believed to have magical powers. Toda...Read more

  5. Puthuvype Beach

    #5 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Puthuvype Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, View Point

    Address: Puthuvype, Vypin, Kerala 682508

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Even though not as famous as other beaches around Ernakulum and Kochi, the Puthuvype Beach has it own charm. The Sunsets at the beach are the highlight while sun-soakers love to take long walks here t...Read more

  6. Changampuzha Park

    #6 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Changampuzha Park

    Tags: Park, Walking Area

    Address: Palarivattom - Edappally Rd, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024

    Timings: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    The Changampuzha Park is a cultural center where you can find many events and programs take place regularly while on other days you will find senior citizens at theirdaily meetingsand families and chi...Read more

  7. Little Flower Church

    #7 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Little Flower Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd, Elamkulam, Kochi, Kerala 682020

    Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Little Flower Church is dedicated to Saint Therese of Lisieuxestablished in the 1960’s. The church attracts pilgrims and devotees duringthe popularLittle Flower Parish fiesta. The weekend fi...Read more

  8. Ramakrishna Math

    #8 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Ramakrishna Math Image

    Tags: Religious Site

    Address: NH 47, Vytilla,, Ernakulam, Kerala

    Timings: 05:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Started in 1948, the Ramakrishna Math provides free coaching for underprivileged children, has an in-house dispensary that offers Ayurvedic treatments and Sanskrit and music classes. The place is also...Read more

  9. Paliam Nalukettu Museum

    #9 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Paliam Nalukettu Museum

    Tags: Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: Kairali- Vadakumpuram Rd, Paliyam, Kerala 683521

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Paliam Nalukettu has a series of houses that add to the heritage and culture of Kerala. The museum is located 30 kilometers from Ernakulum and are the traditional houses where several generations ...Read more

  10. Erattakulangara Sri Mahadeva Temple

    #10 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Erattakulangara Sri Mahadeva Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Salem - Kochi - Kanyakumari Hwy, Ambalapuzha, Kerala 688561, Alappuzha, Kerala

    Located around 70 kilometersfrom Ernakulum, Erattakulangara Sri Mahadeva Temple is a solemn space to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city life.  The Temple has a pond and an auditorium whe...Read more

  11. Vypeekotta Seminary

    #11 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Vypeekotta Seminary Image

    Tags: Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Monument

    Address: Ernamulam, Chendamangalam, Kerala 683512

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Built in 1577, the seminary was originally constructed by the Portuguese and was used to train Christian priests. In 1935, the whole place was declared as a monument and till today you can see Vattezh...Read more

  12. Salem Marthoma Church

    #12 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Salem Marthoma Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Convent Rd, Shenoys, Ernakulam, Kerala 682035

    One of the oldest Marthoma Churches in India, the Salem Marthoma Church is loved for its classic 20th century design and architecture, peaceful ambience and regular prayer services. The church’s...Read more

  13. Marine Drive Pay And Park

    #13 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Marine Drive Pay And Park

    Tags: Park

    Address: MG Road, Kochi (Cochin), India

    If you want the best experience with nature, Marine Drive Pay and Park in Ernakulam, India is the place to go. One of the highly visited destinations by the locals, this place is good to visit during ...Read more

  14. Kochi International Marina House

    #14 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Kochi International Marina House

    Tags: Waterfront

    Address: Bolgatty, Ernakulam, Kerala 682504

    The historic Kochi International Marina, the first of its kind in the country boasts of its infrastructure to berth 34 yachts at a time. Inspired on the popular St Catherine Marina of London, this mar...Read more

  15. Edappally

    #15 of 32 Things To Do in Ernakulam
    Edappally Image
    Timings: 24-hrs Details

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