27 attractions you should visit in Ernakulam - With photos & details

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Top 27 attractions to explore in Ernakulam

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

Paniyeli Poru RapidsNjayappilly, Paniyeli, Kerala 686681, India
Waterfalls
Forests
Short Hikes

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
Churches

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
Churches
Tombs

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
Churches
Notable Architectures

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

Swarnath ManaPazhamthottam-Njaralloor Rd, Punnorcode, Kerala 683565, India
Notable Architectures
Old Ruins

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
1 Day Treks
Forests
Bird Sanctuaries

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.

Vallarpadam BasilicaNational Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam, Kochi, Kerala 682504, India
Churches
Viewing Decks
Church Feasts

Vallarpadam Basilica (National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam) is a major Christian pilgrim center of India. Around one million people visit the Basilica every year, it is the most important Marian Shrine in India. The picture of Mary and Infant Jesus at the top of the main altar was brought by Portuguese merchants under the leadership of Vasco Da Gama in 1524. The two towers has viewing decks that is open to visitors as well.

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