The Ernakulam district is home to some of the best attractions in Kerala. From breathtaking temples to stunning beaches and beautiful churches, it’s bound to leave you with a good feeling. If you’re considering visiting or relocating in Ernakulam then this post is for you! We’ll discuss the main points about this charming town as well as point out some of the best places to visit in Ernakulam.
Where Is Ernakulam?
Ernakulam is the largest town in Kerala, located on the Periyar river in the far south of the state. It has a population over 2 million and serves as both a district and taluk (district) headquarter. Situated on the eastern coast of India, Ernakulam is known for its immense beaches along with beautiful backwaters(canals/rivers). Known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea” in ancient times, it is also a popular tourist destination with an estimated 12 million visitors annually.
Here are the best places to visit in Ernakulam:
Ernakulam is a city of contrasts, so if you love to explore and discover then this post will be perfect for you. If you’re wondering where to start then here are some of the best places to visit in Ernakulam. We’ll start with the beaches and end with some churches.
Hawa Beach, Vypeen Island
This lovely beach is located on the Vypeen Island of Ernakulam. It’s famous for its variety of shells and corals that you can find along the shore. It’s a great spot for those who love to explore underwater nature and also has some lovely cottages for rent if you want to spend the night!
Valiyaparamba Beach is situated in Tiruvalla, Kerala. It is a small stretch of golden sand with calm sea waters. The panoramic scenery of the beach and backwaters (lagoons of Kerala) is breathtaking. It’s very tranquil. There’s a fishing jetty and boats are available for rent to cruise around the backwaters.
Kottapuram Beach is situated in Kozhikode, Kerala. It is a long stretch of golden sand with rolling waves and a calm sea. There are rocks on the shore which makes it a good spot for swimming. It’s very tranquil. This beach is ideal for sunset strolls and bonfire parties.
Munambam Beach is a protected marine reserve with 6 kilometers of long white sand beaches. It was once home to many endangered species including the Olive Ridley Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles, but today their population has drastically declined because of the beach’s popularity and development.
This is another quiet beach located on the southern part of Ernakulam. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches along with being a great place for peaceful walks when you need to relax. You’ll find plenty of rocks along the shore which make perfect spots for fishing!
The Fort Kochi
Tucked away on the southern end of Ernakulam, The Fort Kochi is a huge walled palace. Behind the fort there are several beautiful gardens and an aquarium which you can visit at your leisure.
The Backwaters of Alappuzha
This amazing place is located about 20 km from Ernakulam on the Alappuzha river (Kochu Poonkavu). The backwaters are a maze of interconnected canals, lagoons and rivers running across the district. You’ll find plenty of local fishermen along with traditional houseboats which offer you a great tour of these lovely waterways.
This zoo is located about 30 km from Ernakulam in Thrissur district. It boasts of over 600 species of birds, reptiles and mammals from all around the world. You can also see various species of animals from India such as the elephants, lion-tailed macaques and cheetahs.
The Portuguese Church, Ernakulam
Also known as the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, this beautiful church is located in the heart of the city right by Ernakulam Railway Station. The facade was built in 1599. Inside you can find paintings depicting life in Portugal while you can watch a movie on the church’s deterioration over time here – Alappuzha’s Portuguese Church Review
St Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral is the chief church in Kochi and the seat of Marthoma Church. It was built in 1558 by the Portuguese. In 1742, it fell into Dutch hands and was rebuilt again in 1747. The cathedral has beautiful Portuguese-style architecture, with a stained glass window and an altar sculpted from solid black granite. The famous “three bells” of the church were brought from Lisbon in 1518.
Mattancherry Palace is a magnificent structure with a beautiful fountain. The two-storey buildings were constructed in the 16th and 19th centuries. Many people visit this palace for the amazing window display. The palace also houses several unique pieces of art including a painting of Jesus Christ (possibly the oldest European painting) and The Palace is a combination of the Portugese, Dutch, and French colonial architecture and is known for its beautiful gardens, fountains and impressive structure
The Bolgatty Palace – Ernakulam
As mentioned previously Bolgatty Palace is a beautiful heritage site located on the Bolgatty island. This wonderful palace was built in 1744 by Hyder Ali and later became the official residence of the royal governors during the British Raj.
The Calicut Museum was established in 1949 and showcases the history of Kochi and the surrounding areas from prehistoric times to present time. The museum highlights the social structure and culture of the Indian Malayalam people. The exhibits also include 20th century bronze statues and statutes of European rulers, as well as paintings and carvings.
So these were some of the best places to visit in Ernakulam. Hope you like this article and share with your loved ones and If you have wanderlust and live to explore, there’s a lot to get excited about in this blog. you can read about places on Travel Tricky