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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What to Do in Ernakulam
Enjoy 12 best Ernakulam attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Palarivattom - Edappally Rd, Edappally, Ernakulam, Kerala 682024, India
05:30 am - 08:30 pm
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 religion was introduced here to the locals by St. Thomas the Apostle (alias Dideemos) who came to preach the Gospel. A small church was built here by Elangalloor Swaroopam (The Raja of Edappally) in 593 A.D. Over time the church was adapted and grown to accommodate the growing congregation and a bigger church was built next to the small one in 1080 A.D.
Today, the grand Church and its ethereal beauty surpasses time and space and offers a spiritual experience to anyone who visits. The small church is still preserved with all its antiques. Art lovers can also appreciate the intricacy that is seen in the interiors and architecture.
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Kothamangalam - Idamalayar Road, Kerala 686681
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 making a dam in the Periyar river and flooding the area.
To trick the Ghosts, Lord Shiva faked the sound of the rooster. The ghosts fled the river area fearing of the light and the Dam (whose traces can still be seen in the huge boulders) remained incomplete.
Today the Bhoothathankettu Dam & Reserve Forest is loved for hiking where you can see the cave where the Ghosts were believed to live while the dam makes for a beautiful view of the river itself. The place also offers boating for children and adults.
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Kaloor, Kochi-682017, Ernakulum District, Kerala State, India.
04:00 am - 08:30 pm
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 but in different forms and Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (Shiva) form the there fundamentals of life.
In this temple Lord Shiva is seen in the ‘Nataraja bhavam’ form performing ‘Thandava nirtham’- to depict the fury of the Lord. The deity of Parvathi is placed behind the Shiva idol to calm the Lord’s anger.
The temple itself is loved for its tranquil spaces and beautiful architecture true to the Kerala style and a visit here is an immersive experience in Indian Mythology.
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kolenchery ,Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682311, India
06:00 am - 09:30 pm
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. Today, the church is a famousPilgrimage spot in south India.
For tourists, the church’s architecture with Portuguese influences and its close affinity to art is hard to miss. Stop by at the church to offer a small prayer when in Ernakulum or simply to soak in the beauty of the place and feel its calm atmosphere.
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Puthuvype, Vypin, Kerala 682508
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 throughout the day.
The nearby Lighthouse that is one of the tallest in India, is accessible for visitors and gives you a panoramic view of the coast and the gorgeous sea. If you are looking for the ‘sun and sand’ experience, a visit here will be pleasant.
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Palarivattom - Edappally Rd, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024
09:00 am - 10:00 pm
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 children spending some time around the premises.
The park is wellmaintained and is a good place to take a small walk or simply relax during evenings. If you are in Ernakulum during a cultural show or a festival, check out a trending live show here, for sure.
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Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd, Elamkulam, Kochi, Kerala 682020
05:30 am - 07:00 pm
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 fiesta starts of by a nine-day novena and Holy mass to give way to the grand Saturday procession and cultural programs that light up the city.
On other days, the simple church carries a calming atmosphere and is lovely to simply walk around and offer a small prayer.
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 open for worshipping for devotees who follow Guru Ramakrishna and is a warm hospitable center for everyone. The weekly discourses and regular lectures are attended my many locals and are also open for tourists.
The center is also known for its various welfare programs.
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Kairali- Vadakumpuram Rd, Paliyam, Kerala 683521
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 of family have lived in the past. The museum consists of a main house surrounded by other houses.
The houses were closely related to the belief and rituals of the women in the Paliam Noble family and was built in the 1780’s. The place showcases a rather high standard of living of a joint family.
As you walk through the house, you are stunned by the architecture and highly maintained home that still manages to carry the charm of yesteryears.
When here do visit the neighboring museums- Kerala Jews History museum and the Kerala Jews Lifestyle museum.
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Salem - Kochi - Kanyakumari Hwy, Ambalapuzha, Kerala 688561, Alappuzha, Kerala
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 where marriages are held.
For tourists the place is yet another temple to visit especially if you are a devotee of Lord Shiva. The temple grounds are a pleasure to take a walk and the pujas held here three times a day are a must if you want to explore yet another of the temple’s highlights.
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 Vattezhuthu inscriptionsthat are now incorporated into the compound wall of the church.
The pottery found here is maintained at theArchaeological Museum located in Thrissur. Taking a walk at the monument is akin to travelling back in time and seeing the inscriptions is simply one of the rare ways to touch a part of history like never before.
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Convent Rd, Shenoys, Ernakulam, Kerala 682035
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 simple yet elegant interiorsadd to its iconic design. Visiting the church during the Holy communion is the highlight of the place. However, for tourists, a walk around the church is perfect to admire the interiors and spend some time in silence.