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!