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  • Ernakulam, located in Kerala, South India, would showcase that one of its major areas of business and tourism. Ernakulam is considered as the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the entry point of most of the tourists to Kerala. Two railway stations and a I international airport connects Ernakulam to the rest of the world. A travel to Fort Kochi, which is one of the earliest European settlements in Kerala, is most important itinerary. The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, various monuments of the British era, the Jewish Synagogue and the famous Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, all demonstrate the cultural heritage of Kerala. Marine drive, Bolgatty Palace, Hill Palace Museum at Tripunithura and Thrikkakkara temple are some of the important places in Ernakulam. The Ernakulathappan temple here is also very famous. Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Trippunithura Poornathrayeesa Temple are the other two temples of interest to the devotees. Bastion Bunglow, Bhoothathankettu, Cherai Beach, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Kodanad, Malayattoor, Santa Cruz Bascillica, Willingdon Island, and Parikshit Thampuran Museum are some other places of interest in Ernakulam district.
  • Bastion Bunglow
  • Built in the Indo-European style way back in 1667 AD, Bastion Bungalow get its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old, Dutch fort.
  • Bolghatty
  • Bolghatty palace built by the Dutch in 1744. Later it became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin. Today it is a hotel run by K.T.D.C. The grounds have a small golf course & several vantage points for lovely views of the harbour & the sea. 3 kms from Ernakulam by Boat or road
  • Chendamangalam
  • This land was once the abode of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers of the Maharajas of Kochi. Their residence, the Paliam Palace represents the architectural splendour of Kerala. The Palace houses a collection of historic documents and relics. It is about 42 km from Ernakulam.
  • Children's Park
  • A high-tech children's Park with Non-Conventional Energy Museum and Musical Fountain. The Children enjoy a lot with the facilities available here.
  • Chinese Fishing Nets
  • A legacy of the trading connections between China and India many centuries ago. The long rows of chinese nets silhouetted against the sunset present a spectacular sight of Cochin's waterfront.
  • Chottanikkara Temple
  • Mother Goddes worshipped in three different forms - as Saraswati in the morning - draped in white, as Bhadrakali at noon draped in crimson, and as Durga in the evening decked in blue. 13 kms from Kochi
  • Dutch Palace
  • The Dutch palace or Mattancherry palace was originally built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin, Veera Kerala Varma in 1555. It was later taken over by the Dutch who improved it through extensions and repairs in 1663.
  • Hill Palace
  • The largest archeological museum of Kerala. Paintings, carvings, etchings and other trappings of royalty like majestic beds, weapons and samples of epigraphy. 13 Km from Cochin on the Ernakulam-Chottanikara route
  • Historical Museum
  • Important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through Sculptures. Greeting the visitor outside is a statue of Parasurama, the mythological safe who is said to have created Kerala. 6 km from Ernakulam at Edappally
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • The Synagogue at Mattancherry built in 1568 is the oldest Synagogue in the Common Wealth Countries. It was partially destroyed in the war of 1662, but was rebuilt by Dutch. In the mid 18th century the clock tower was added.
  • Kalady
  • Kalady is the birth place of Adi Shankaracharya the great Indian Philosopher who lived in the 8th century. 2 shrines in memory of Sankaracharya - one for Dakshinamoorthy and the other for the Goddes Sharada. Kalady, 45 Kms from Cochin
  • Kallil Temple
  • A 9th century Jain temple shaped out of from a huge rock on a small hill in a picturesque surrounding. The visitor has to climb 120 steps to reach this rare historic temple. 22 kms from Kalady.
  • Pallipuram Fort
  • Pallippuram fort was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is one of the oldest existing European monuments in India. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the State of Travancore in 1789 This fort is situated in the northern extremity of the Vypeen Island at Pallipuram
  • Parikshit Thampuran Museum
  • This museum features collections of the 19th century paintings, Pre-historic monuments, Old coins in a numismatic gallery, scriptures in stone & Plaster of paris, copies of mural paintings etc & the collection from the Cochin royal family. Adjacent to the Shiva temple in Darbar Hall Road, Ernakulam.
  • Santa Cruz Basilica
  • This Roman Catholic church is situated near the St.Francis church and is worth a visit. It is a specimen of Portuguese architecture built in 1503.'Frescoes' and mural paintings decorate the ceiling and interior parts of the church.
  • St.Francis Church
  • The first European church in India. Originally built in wood and named Santo Antonio in the 16th Century. Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1524.
  • Willingdon Island
  • A manmade island named after Lord Willingdon a former British Viceroy to India. Cochin Harbour, Southern Naval Command, Best hotels in the city, Port Trust head quarters, major trading centers etc. are situated at Willingdon Island. Connected to the mainland by road-cum-railway Venduruthy Bridge
  • Walk on Marine Drive
  • Marine Drive is considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of Kochi city. The marine walk is the main hangout for the local populace as the view of the backwaters and the harbour from here is excellent.
  • Watch Kathakali
  • Ernakulam has a permanent Kathakali theatre. Every evening the Kathakali performance will be performed irrestpective of number of audience.
  • Visit Fort Kochi
  • Old European settlement area. Important are Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, St.Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets.
  • Taste Kerala Cuisine
  • Ernakulam has lots of traditional Kerala cuisine restaurants serving exotic sea foods and other non vegetarian foods. Do not miss it.
  • Shopping at Kochi
  • Shopping malls and traditional shopping areas offer Spices, artifacts, souvenirs, Sari and Kerala handlooms.
  • Veega Land Water Theme Park
  • The first and best water theme park in Kerala lies on the outskirt of Ernakulam. The different riding options and European safety standards and hygiene keeps this park everybody's preferred vacation spot.
  • Visit Bhoothathankettu Dam
  • Scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. It is a popular picnic sport with Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near by. 50 km north east of Ernakulam town
  • Kodanad Elephant Training
  • One of the largest elephant capturing centers of South India. In 1977 the elephant capturing came to an end, but the elephant kraal and training centre are still there intact. 45 km to the north east of Cochin city and 12 kms to the east of Perumbavoor town.
  • Kottayil Kovilakam
  • Kottayil Kovilakam at Chennamangalam, which was the seat of Kshatriya chieftains of Villarvattom is situated near the ancient Kunnathali temple. Chennamangalam is an important center of handloom weaving and coir manufacturing. 42 kms from ernakulam.
  • Malayattoor
  • A place of prayer and pilgrimage; made rich by the foot steps of St. Thomas the Apostle, who sowed the seeds of Christianity in this part of the world. 47 kms from Ernakulam.
  • Gaet wet on Cherai Beach
  • Cherai Beach offers a unique combination of sea and backwaters rimmed by lush green coconut palms. 25 kms from Kochi.
  • Nearest bus stations: Kaloor private and KSRTC bus stand in the town itself.
    Nearest railway station: Ernakulam Town & Junction, in the town itself.
    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 30 km away
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Ernakulam. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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