Ernakulam is one of Kerala’s most popular tourist destination. With a proud history, rich culture, ancient commercial relations, efficient transport network and excellent educational achievements, ernakulam is indeed more than worth a visit. Add to it prestine backwaters and rich wildlife, and you have a truly memorable visit on your hands.
Also known as Cochin, the district was formed in 1958 by carving out areas from Malabar, Kochi and Travancore kingdoms. The name ‘ernakulam’ is derived from ‘Erayanarkulam’-a tamil word which means Lord Shiva’s abode. Others believe that the name was derived from the ancient temple ‘Ernakulatthappan’ located in the region. The distirct may be divided into three main regions- Fort Cochin, Wellington Island and Ernakulam.
Due to a well devoped and established network of highways, communications, accommodations and other ameneties, ernakulam has earned the title of ‘Commercial capital of Kerala’ . The Arabian sea coastline distict has famous backwater destinations of Kumarakom and Alappuzha on the south, Thrissur on the north and Idukki’s famous hill stations on the east. The district is gifted by a rich culture and nature’s grandeur views. Stretches of mangove and coconut palms, scenic waterfalls, never ending fields, rolling hills with deep blue waters combine to create an enchanting location that is ernakulam.
The distirct boasts of one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Cochin developled healty trade relations with several countries in the past including China, Arabia, Britiain, Holland and Portugal. The effects or stamp of all these different cutlures assimilating with Ernakulam is apparent in various buildings and structures exhibiting different styles of arhcitectures.
Ernakulam possesses prestine backwater destinations and ferry systems are available from Ernakulam to Fort Cochin and Wellington. To ernakulam goes the proud distinction of being the first district in Kerala to achieve 100% literacy rate. Today, the region is a fine blend of historical & ancient monuments with sprawling new age buildings and townering structures redifining luxury. And as with every other district in Kerala, Ernakulam is filled with natural wonders, waterfalls, rolling hills and beaches resulting in a complete holiday destinaition.
Ernakulam (Places to see)
• Mangalavanam-" The green lung of Kochi city"
• Hill Palace Museum, Tripunithura
• Mattancherry Palace
• Chottanikkara Temple
• St. Francis Chruch
Climate & Best time to Visit
This coastal distict experiences a tropical climate which is devoid of extremeties all through the year. The maximum temperature during summers is upto 35 degrees which falls to 18 degrees in winters. Monsoon extending from May to September witnesses heavy rainfall.
Due to best climate conditions and passing away of monsoons, October to February is regarded as the best time to visit Ernakulam.
Ernakulam (How to Reach)
By Air: Both the Cochin Domestic & International Airport has regular flights connecting to all major cities in India and abraod.
By Rali: The district has an efficeint railway network with three railheads situated here, namely Fort Cochin, Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town.
By Ferres: Ferries may be used to travel both internally and to adjoining backwaters like kumarakom and alleppey.