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Top 25 attractions to explore in Ernakulam

Forts, backwaters, museums- the financial hub of Kerala.

Attractions in Ernakulam

AbhayaranyamAbhayaranyam, Near post Office, Kodanad, Dist. Eranakulam, Kaprikad, Kerala 683544, India

The mini zoo housing elephants and deers.

BhoothathankettuKothamangalam - Idamalayar Road, Poochakuthu, Kerala 686681, India

Bhoothathankettu means "Fort created by monsters". The legend is that monsters planned to submerge a Shiva temple nearby by making a dam in the area. Their plan was deterred by Lord Shiva by faking approaching dawn, thereby causing the monsters to runaway fearing the arrival of light. The demons were supposed to roll the large boulders seen in the area to the river bed creating the dam.

Cherai BeachCherai Beach, Vypin, Kerala

The 15 km stretch of beautiful beach lined with paddy fields, backwater, coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets.

EzhattumughamEzhattumugham, Kerala 680724, India

A rural village with a check dam, hanging bridge, and a nice little park. You can bath in the river waters here after visiting the majestic Athirappilly waterfalls of Kerala.

Fort Kochi BeachFort Kochi Beach, Kochi

Popular beach surrounded by historical and cultural monuments of Cochin. Used to be hub of colonial powers during 14th and 15th centuaries.

Hill Palace MuseumHill Palace Rd, Ernakulam District, Irumpanam, Thrippunithura, Tripunithura, Kerala 682301, India

The largest museum in Kerala and the former residence of the Cochin King.

Iringole Kavu ഇരിങ്ങോൾ കാവ്Iringole Temple Rd, Rayamangalam, Kerala 683545, India

A sacred grove with a temple. It is one of the 108 Durga Temples in Kerala believed to be consecrated by Lord Parasurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Jain TempleMattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

Built in 1960, the temple is inspired by the Jain temples of Gujarat and is beautifully tiled with white marbles & other carved structures. Every afternoon, the temple runs a show with thousands of pigeons that live in the premises.

Jewish SynagogueSynagogue Ln, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

The 16th century synagogue built under the protection of Cochin King.

Kadamakkudy IslandsPaliyam Thuruthu Rd, Paliyamthuruthu Ward, Pizhala, Ernakulam, Kerala 682027, India

A cluster of small islands spread in backwaters and filled with paddy fields and fishing nets. The area is famous for fish farms and a kayak through the waters treats you with great views. This area is devoid of all the noice and hustle of Cochin city, one truely hidden gem which is very easily reachable for people in Cochin. The place is especiallly beautiful during sunrise and sunsets.

KadambrayarNear Kadambrayar Tourism Project,Kappelappadi, Alwaye, Pazhanganad, Kerala 682030, India

Situated in Kizhakkambalam Gramapanchayat in Eranakulam district, Kadambrayar offers scenic views of the river, paddy fields and a long paved space for some evening walk. You can also do paddle boating here.

Kerala Kathakali CentreKB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

Traditional arts center presenting masked Kathakali dance shows classical musical nights & martial arts. They have daily Kathakali shows in the evening, the show takes around two hours. The show is usually followed by differnt kinds of art form presentations in alternating days.

Kochi Biennale Foundation1/1903, Kunnumpuram Rd, Kunnumupuram, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

Every second year, Cochin welcomes Biennale- promoting art, culture and education activities created and curated by artists from different parts of the world.

Kumbalanghi Village TourKallanchery Rd, North Kumbalangi, Kumbalangi, Kochi, Kerala 682007, India

A quiet island village known for rural tourism activities. You can see Chinese fishing nets, explore its mangrove forests, and take boat trips along the surrounding backwaters.

LuLu Mall34/1000, N.H 47, Edapally, Nethaji Nagar, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024, India

One of the largest shopping malls in India. With a daily footprint of about 80,000 people, it is one of the most visited places in Kerala.

Mangalavanam Bird SanctuaryHigh Ct Rd, Ayyappankavu, Kochi, Kerala 682031, India

Nesting ground for migratory birds and supports many types of mangroves. Located in the center of Kochi city, it houses a shallow tidal lake connected with Kochi backwaters by a canal.

Marine DriveMarine Drive Walkway, Marine Drive, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Major hangout place in Kochi . Popular site for shopping, urban walk and street food.

Mattancherry PalaceMattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

The palace built by the Portuguese, renovated by the Dutch and now housing an archeological museum

Museum Of Kerala HistorySalem - Kochi Hwy, Near Hotel Seagate, Koonamthai, Edappally, Ernakulam, Kerala 682024, India

One of the best museums to visit in Kerala. It consists of three galleries- the Museum of Kerala History, the Dolls Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art, showing different aspects of Kerala's culture and history.

Paniyeli Poru RapidsNjayappilly, Paniyeli, Kerala 686681, India

Located in the Periyar river, the water here is forced to flow through narrow crevices in large rocks creating a turbulent water flow. The turbulence cant be seen from the surface.

Santa Cruz Cathedral BasilicaSanta Cruz Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

The 500 year old Basilica that hosts the relic of The Holy Cross of Jesus Christ.

St Francis CSI ChurchOpp. Post Office, St Francis Church Road, Fort Kochi, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

The 500 year old Church which was the burial place of Vasco da Gama, the first European to enter India.

St. George's Forane ChurchEdappally Road, Edappally, Ponekkara, Edappally, Ernakulam, Kerala 682024, India

Asia's largest shrine of Saint George. Locally known as Edappally church.

Swarnath ManaPazhamthottam-Njaralloor Rd, Punnorcode, Kerala 683565, India

An old traditional home from 200 years ago. It is believed that here is where Adi Shankara, the Indian philosopher, and theologian recited the hymn Kanakadhāra Stotram which resulted in Goddess Lakshmi appearing in front of him and unleashing a stream of gold.

Thattekad Bird SanctuaryKothamangalam-Pooyamkutty Road, Nyayapally PO, Thattekad, Kerala 686681, India

First bird sanctuary in Kerala. One of the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. "Thattekkad" means flat forest- the region is an evergreen low-land forest.

Map of attractions in Ernakulam