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Look for spicy dishes flavoured with tamarind and coconut in Kochi, and don’t be surprised if your dinner is served up on a banana leaf. The region is a major banana-growing area, and traditional Kochi cuisine employs the fruit in many dishes, both sweet and savoury. Coconut water provides a refreshing and sweet contrast to the piquant food. Cochin International airport is just 40km.
Popular Places in Ernakulam:
A real divine place away from city rush and crowd. A very calm and peaceful placeThis temple is situated 17km from kochi. Here the presiding deity bagavathi amma is worshipped in three forms, as saraswathi in the morning, lakshmi in the afternoon and durga in the evening. She is a healer of mental illness hence the temple is visited from far and near.
2.Kerala Folklore Museum:
Folklore Museum aims to provide art education to the students and helping to provide visual and academic knowledge to the art lovers, researchers and travelers from all over the world. Folklore museum is the only architectural museum in Kerala and the treasure trove of stone, wood and bronze sculptures, ancient terracotta, stone Age objects, jewellery, paintings, oil lamps, musical instruments, tribal and folk art, wood works, utensils, masks and traditional art forms etc,.
Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace was built by the Portuguese and gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi. Constructed in the year 1557. The palace got the name Dutch Palace after the renovation works done by the Dutch in 1662. In the courtyard, you can sight a temple of Pazhayannur Bhagavathi and on either side of the palace, there are two temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. You can see here numerous mural paintings showcasing various incidents related to Hindu epics and Puranas. Also go through the portraits of Maharajahs, who ruled Kochi along with their ceremonial dresses, coins, weapons etc,.
The palace will be opened on all days except Fridays with a nominal entrance fee. Mattancherry Palace is placed around 10 km away from the Ernakulam town and railway station.
Jewish synagogue also known as Paradeshi Synagogue in Mattancherry, Ernakulam, is considered to be one of the oldest active synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations. The synagogue was built in the year 1568 by the Malabari Jews (Cochin Jews). The synagogue was constructed adjacent to the Mattanchery Palace. In 1662, the Portuguese destroyed the synagogue and later it was reconstructed by the Dutch.You can sight here, large varieties of antique objects. The floors of the synagogue are made up of Ceramic tiles, which were brought from China. You can also see here copper plates of 4th century with Malayalam inscriptions.
Jewish synagogue is around 10 km away from the Ernakulam town. The synagogue will be opened on every days except Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays and there is a nominal ticket fee for the visitors.
5.ST. Francis Church:
Located at Fort Kochi this Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. lt is here the remains of the inveterate traveler, Vasco da Gama were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal. You can also see a Dutch cemetery near the church. The church has beautiful architecture. The roofs are timber framed and covered by tiles. You can find a stepped pinnacle on both sides of the facade.
6.SANTA CRUZ BASILICA CHURCH:
Fort Kochi The Roman Catholic Church situated close to St. Francis Church and is worth visiting. Some beautiful paintings can be seen here. ST. FRANCIS ASSISI CHURCH St.Francis Assissi church popularly knows as Naduvileppalli,the most beautiful and old church in Ernakulam city, the blend of Portuguese and Kerala style of architecture.The unique feature churche's roof is that the entire hyper bolic para bloid shell roof rests only on the centre pillars on the either sides.It has completed 179th year existence....Hundreds of people come here at odd times to sit in the quiteness of the church to commune with god.
7.Chinese Fishing Nets:
Fort Kochi- The Chinese Fishing nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi. Chinese fishing nets is known as 'Cheenavala' in Malayalam. It is believed to be introduced in Kochi by Zheng He, the Chinese Explorer from the court of Kubla Khan. The Chinese nets are made up of teak wood and bamboo poles. Each with a 10 m height is used to be fixed on a beach. A cantilever with an attached net is then spread over an area of 20 meters.
Set in the backdrop of Kochi backwaters and placed amidst the beautiful garden, the Bolgatty Palace in Kochi has now transformed into a most wanted Heritage hotel in Kerala. Originally built by the Dutch in 1774. Located in the Bolgatty Island, the Hotel Bolgatty Palace is a two-storey building with a huge lounge. This is a perfect retreat for honeymooners and the hotel provides exclusive honeymoon and lakefront cottages for them. Apart from this, the hotel is equipped with a mini golf course, swimming pool, Ayurvedic centre and daily Kathakali performances. The palace is easily accessible from Ernakulam town.
The Vallarpadam Church, popularly known as Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, is a popular pilgrimage centre. Considered to be one of the oldest European church, built by the Portuguese in India, the Vallarpadam church is located in the island Vallarpadam, around one kilometer away from the Ernakulam mainland. . You can sight a rosary park and a walkway in front of the church and here the sculptures and mysteries of faith are showcased. Be at Vallarpadam church during the month of September and you can witness, the famous Feast of Our Lady Vallarpadam. The feast is usually conducted every year from September 16 to 24.
10.Hill Palace Museum:
Considered to be the first heritage museum and largest archeological museum in Kerala, the Hill Palace museum attracts tourists both domestic and international, with its splendid beauty and magnificent structure. The palace was built in the year 1865 by the Maharajah of Cochin and spreads over an area of 52 acres. Inside the museum, you can sight around 14 categories of exhibit like crown, ornaments, weapons, coins, inscriptions, sculptures etc. The palace is also a shooting spot and the Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu was shot here. Along with the museum, the palace premises consist of a deer park, children?s park and also a splendid collection of rare medicinal plants.
The museum is opened on every day except Mondays and you will have to collect an entry fee to visit the museum. The palace is around 12 km from the Ernakulam town.
Timings: 9:00 hrs to 12:30 hrs and 14:00 hrs to 16:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays & National holidays.
Willingdon Island is a beautiful man made Island in Kochi, surrounded by the Kochi backwaters. The island was formed in the year 1936 as part of the construction of modern Kochi Port. The Vembanad Lake was deepened to accommodate the new port and thus leading to the formation of the beautiful island. To reach Willingdon Island, you can either travel by road or can choose the ferry service available. The Ernakulam Junction railway station is around 9 km away and the Cochin International airport is around 41 km away.
12.Museum of Kerala History(EDAPPALLY, KOCHI):
The ecologically sensitive Magalavanam is safely tucked away behind the Ernakulam High Court. This evergreen forest land in the heart of Kochi is a green oasis for many migratory birds as a nesting ground. Visitors to Mangalavanam are captivated by the sheer variety of migratory birds that have nested atop the huge trees.
Get a little closer and the birds fly away, leaving behind the eggs and newborns at the mercy of crows and kites. These birds are sensitive to the presence of human beings.
Mangalavanam is the only existing green lung in Kochi city, offering a nesting ground for a vast variety of migratory birds and supporting many varieties of mangroves. As a source of oxygen, the rare eco-system in the heart of Kochi city, Mangalavanam has been keeping pollution under check.
13.Chitram Art Gallery:
KUMBALANGHI - ALL SET TO REACH OUT TO INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS Some time in August, Kumbalanghi, the first model village in the country, will play host to 80- odd high-end tourists from the United States. This visit is expected to cement the position of this village, on the city suburbs, as a much sought after tourist destination in the state.