Basilica of Our Lady of Snow, Pallippuram
Durbar Hall Ground
Museum of Kerala History
St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Welcome to Ernakulam (Kakkanad),
Ernakulam is a district in Indian state of Kerala. Kakkanad is the headquarter of the state. Ernakulam is called the commercial capital of the state of Kerala. The Kerala High Court, the Office of the Corporation of Cochin and the Cochin Stock Exchange are situated here. Ernakulam was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. The Cochin Port, Cochin Shipyard has resulted in the faster growth of the city.
Tourism has also contributed heavily to the economy of Ernakulam. The city with its temples, old churches and its culture, is ranked first in the number of domestic tourists visiting Kerala. Some of the famous places are Bhoothathankettu Dam, Basilica of Our Lady of Snow, Ezhattumugham, LuLu Mall, Museum of Kerala History, Durbar Hall Ground, Paniyeli Poru, St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary etc.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Snow, Pallippuram, Ernakulam, Kerala, is a minor basilica. The raising of the Pallippuram church was officially announced at the conclusion of the silver jubilee celebrations of the diocese on 7 October. The history of the Our Lady of Snow Church goes back five centuries when the Portuguese built a fort at Pallippuram and immediately followed it up with a church dedicated to Our Lady. The church was established in 1503, renovated in 1931 and rebuilt in 2006. The church came under the diocese of Kochi in 1557 and became a parish in 1577. The Kottapuram diocese was formed by dividing the Varappuzha diocese.
Bhoothathankettu is a dam and tourist spot in Kerala, India. It is situated outside the village of Pindimana, about 10 km away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 km away from the main city of Kochi. The original natural dam has been supplemented by a modern dam impounding the Bhoothathankettu Reservoir (Thattekad Reservoir). During the Malayatoor pilgrim season, travelers use the roads through the forest.
Located in the heart of the busy Mattancherry is the Coonan Kurishu Shrine which was the venue for about 25,000 Syrian Christians who, in 1653, assembled at the ancient cross in Mattancherry and tied long ropes to it. Pulling the ropes they took a solemn oath that they would never obey the Latin Archbishops or be under the Jesuits.
Dance is an important if not integral part of life in Kerala. For a millennium before the corruption of the idiot box arrived, the only entertainment to be had were the temple festivals that matched the change of season and marked the passage of time. Each festival and each region of Kerala has its own imagery and charm. The finery of Theyyam, the emotion of Kathakali, the subtlety of Mohiniattum, the rhythm of the martial art practitioners in the Kalaripayattu training centre; all symbolised the culture of village life. The Kathakali and other dances, provided all with a window to the cultural symbols and mythology while bringing the community together for entrainment and idea exchange. A great place to experience various Kerala traditional art is Greenix village in Fort Kochi. Various dances are exhibited here in original form. There is also a wonderful museum here.
The Durbar Hall Ground is a popular location for various cultural activities. The compound of the ground also has the Durbar Hall, which now functions mostly as an art gallery. The ground itself is used for various cultural programmes of interest to the general public. This 2-acre (8,100 m2) property, once owned by the Maharajah of Cochin, was the venue for some glittering events. It was here that the Maharajah held his durbar. In fact, the durbar was held at the present day building, which houses the Durbar Hall Art Gallery, with the public gathering at the spacious ground.
Ernakulam Shiva Temple, also known as Ernakulathappan Temple is one of the major temples of Kerala, located in heart of Ernakulam. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city, as per local Hindu faiths and traditions. As per the common practice in Kerala, the deity is reverently called Ernakulathappan, which means Lord of Ernakulam.
Ezhattumugham is a country village in the Ernakulam district of Kerala India. It is yet to enter the tourist's itinerary for one very good reason. About 13 km away, uphill, lies the majestic Athirappally Falls. The state government's attempt to woo tourists began with Prakriti Gramam, a park on the side of a check-dam at Ezhattumugham. People walk along this check dam and cross over to the other side of the river.
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium locally known as Kaloor International Stadium is a multipurpose international stadium. The stadium is used mostly for association football (soccer) and cricket matches and it has a capacity of approximately 75,000 spectators making it one of the largest stadiums in India(fourth largest cricket stadium in the world). The stadium has played host to a number of international cricket and football matches. The extensive grounds of the stadium serve as venue for important exhibitions, cinema events and political rallies in the city. The most innovative aspect of the stadium is its unique lighting towers of 2 kW Floodlights which when switched on fully can provide lighting levels for HD telecast.
Kalady or Kaladi is a census town located east of the Periyar river, in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, India near to Cochin International Airport at a distance of 6 Km. Notably, it is the birthplace of Adi Shankara and a popular destination for pilgrims. Kalady started featuring in the spiritual map of India only after its rediscovery in the late 19th century by the then Shankaracharya of Sringeri and the subsequent consecration of a temple for Sri Adi Shankara in 1910.
Kodanad is a rural riverside village of Ernakulam district, Kerala, southern India. Kodanad is situated on the south bank of Periyar river, about 42 kilometers east of Kochi. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 20 km (12 mi) by road. The village is a major tourist destination because it houses an Elephant training center. Kodanad is in the list of Ecotourism destination projects sponsored by the Government of India.
Kuzhupilly Beach is a shining sliver of golden sand, bordered by the oceans intense blue on one side and the vibrant turquoise and aqua's of the backwaters on the other. Framed against the brilliant emerald of paddy fields fading into the far horizon. The touch of the divine Artist's brush against the palette of nature has created a haven of breathtaking beauty and tranquility. Truly a piece of paradise in God's Own Country.
LuLu Mall, in the Ernakulam district, Kerala, is the largest shopping mall in India. It is one of the most visited places in Kerala. Spanning 17 acres (6.9 ha) and with a total built up area of 2.5 million square feet, it is the 89th-largest shopping mall in the world and the largest in India with 1.7 million square feet area of retail space. The mall was opened in March 2013. It contains more than 215 outlets, including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones, a multiplex, ice skating rink and bowling alley. The property is owned and managed by Lulu Group, which has extensive business in retail, hospitality, real estate etc. Lulu Mall in Kochi was their maiden retail venture in India.
The centre for Visual Arts and Gallery Paintings and Sculptures is situated at Edappally about l0km from Emakulam and located next to Museum of Kerala History. It houses about two hundred original paintings of recognized Indian masters, both contemporary and of the past. There is also a large collection of modern sculptures in marble, bronze, granite etc. Timings: 10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs.
Maharaja's College Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Ernakulam, Kochi, India. It is the home ground of the Maharajas College. The stadium holds 30,000 spectators. It hosted some of the 1960 AFC Asian Cup qualifying matches as well as the 2009 National Schools Athletics Championship. The facilities available for sports activities include a 400-meter synthetic track, a football field-cum-cricket ground, a stadium pavilion and courts for games like hockey, volleyball, basketball, kho-kho, kabady, and ball badminton. Facilities are available for indoor games like table-tennis, carom, chess, wrestling, weightlifting and power lifting.
The Museum of Kerala History, or Kerala Charithra Museum, at Edapally, Kochi, India, recounts the history of the state of Kerala. In 36 visual and sound shows, it covers the entire history of Kerala over the past 2000 years. The other main attractions of the museum include a gallery for paintings and sculptures. It mainly features Indian contemporary art, ranging over the last 200 years. It also has a doll museum with a collection of 150 dolls, the only one of its kind in South India.
Paniyeli Poru is in Ernakulam District of Kerala state in India. The Periyar River flowing through rocks and between dense rain forests is an amazing sight. The vast view of distant green hillocks and the tranquility around the place is really great.
Piravom is a municipality situated in Muvattupuzha Taluk of Ernakulam district in Kerala state, south India. It is 31 km South East of Ernakulam city AND 40 km north of Kottayam town. Piravom is famous for historic Hindu temples and Syrian Christian churches. The town lies 20 km from the Taluka Headquarters Muvattupuzha. Piravom is located at the boundary between two districts, Ernakulam and Kottayam.
St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, popularly known as Edappally Mar Geevarghese Sahada Palli or Edapally Palli is situated in Edappally. This is one of the oldest churches in India, built in 594 AD. It was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, called Marth Mariam in the vernacular. In 1080, a new church was built adjacent to the old church. Every year, a nine-day festival is celebrated here in the month of April - May. The church is also popular among the non-Christians as a pilgrimage centre and the popular offerings at the church are chicken and eggs.
St. Thomas Marthoma Church Kalamassery, is a prominent Christian parish of the Kottayam - Kochi diocese under the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar. This parish forms the worship place for all the Marthomites in Changampuzha Nagar, Edapally, Muttam, NAD, Shanthinagar, North and South Kalamassery. The nearest Marthoma parishes are in Eloor, Palarivattom Kakanad and Aluva. Since 2016 is the Golden Jubilee year for the parish, the Golden jubilee committee scheduled and charted numerous programs and events for one year.
The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of barely 25 km2, and located about 12 km from Kothamangalam (Kerala state, India), was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala. The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds.
- Some Other Places : Hanuman Temple, Muruga Temple, Chembitta Pally, Kanjiramattom Juma Masjid, Ponnurunni Juma Masjid, Nadamel Marth Mariam Church, St. George Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, St. Antony's Shrine etc.