Ernakulam is the green commercial capital of Kerala with one of the
finest natural harbours in the world. From here, ships set sail for
foreign ports with pepper, sea food, rubber and coir. From times immemorial,
Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers followed the
sea route to Cochin and left their impression in the town. The harbour
is the nucleus around which Cochin has grown to become the Queen of
the Arabian Sea.
This palace in Mattancherry was built by the Portuguese, and presented
to the Raja of Cochin in 1555. Though built by the Portugese, it
is popularly known as the "Dutch Palace", as the Dutch renovated
it during their brief reign here. The glory of the Palace lies in
the murals which are in the best traditions of Hindu Temple Art.
In the central courtyard of the palace is the temple dedicated to
Pazhayannur Bhagavathi. In the coronation hall, there is a display
of dresses and Palanquins used by the rulers of Cochin.
The synagogue was built in 1568 A.D. Scrolls of Old Testament and
a number of copper plates inscribed in the Hebrew Script are preserved
in this Synagogue. The Jewish Synagogue in Kochi stands out as a
testimony for the communal harmony in the state for centuries.
St. Francis Church
This church was built by the Portuguese in 1510 A.D. It is believed
to be the oldest European Church built in India. Vasco-dA-Gama was
burried here. Fourteen years later, his mortal remains were taken
Chinese Fishing Nets
At the entrance to the harbour these nets are a fascinating sight.
They can be seen all along the backwaters of Kerala. They were first
bought to Kerala by the Chinese traders from Kubla Khan's court
This is a man made island created from earth dredged, while deepening
the Kochi Port. Lord Bristow was the architect of this island. There
are frequent ferry and bus services from Ernakulam. The Harbour,
Air Port and Harbour Railway Terminus are in this island.
Bolgatty palace on a narrow stretch of land built by the Dutch in
1744 is situated here. The building was once a Governor's Palace
for the Dutch and later a home for British Governors. Now it has
been converted into a hotel by the K T D C. The Bolgatty Palace
Hotel has a commanding view facing the outlet into the open sea
This mangrove forest is a small bird sanctuary, located in the heart
of the town behind the High Court of Kerala, attracts a large number
Parikshit Thampuran Museum
This is situated on the Durbar Hall Ground on DH Road, Eranakulam.
Collection of 19th Century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures
in stone and plaster of paris and copies of mural paintings are
Cheraman Juma Masjid
The first mosque in India situated 52 Kms. away from Kochi. It was
built in 629 A.D. and resembles a Hindu Temple in appearance. There
are bus services from Eranakulam.
Museum of Kerala History
Eight Kms. from Eranakulam, this museum is a treasure house of important
scenes of Kerala History from Neolithic age to modern period portrayed
through life-size statues. Recorded commentary of each scene with
sound and light shows is staged here.
Hill Palace Museum
This is situated 12 Kms. away from Eranakulam on the Eranakulam-Chottanikkara
route. It is the largest archaeological museum of Kerala. Different
types of sculptures, collection of rare coins, old weapons and collections
from the Cochin Royal Family are exhibited here.
Pallipuram Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is one of
the oldest existing European monoments in India. The Catholic church
at Pallipuram is an important pilgrim centre.
The beach at Cherai on Vypeen island is 18 Kms. away from Vypeen.
This is a beautiful and clam beach.
Kalady is the birth place of Adi Sankara the great Indian philosopher
who lived in the 8th century. It is situated on the banks of river
Periyar and there are two shrines in memory of Sree Sankaracharya.
One dedicated to him as Dakshinamoorthy and the other to the Goddess
Sharada. Adi Sankara's shrines in Kalady are open to all pilgrims
irrespective of religion or caste.
On the slopes of the picturesque Western Ghats, 52 Kms. from Kochi
and 8 Kms. from Kalady is the Malayattoor Church. This is a Christian
pilgrim centre and is believed to have been blessed by the Apostle
of Christ, St. Thomas and the Church atop the hill was established
in A.D. 900. Malayattoor is accessible by road up to the foot hills
of Kurishumudy. The church at the top of the hill, about 2 Kms.
can be reached only by foot. Situated beside the Periyar river and
a small lake called Manappattuchira, Malayatoor is also a place
of scenic beauty.
22 Kms. away from Kalady, there is a ninth century Jain temple.
This temple is cut from a huge rock and a climb of 120 steps leads
to the temple.
Kodanad lies on the southern bank of Periyar river amongst the scenic
beauty of the High Ranges. It is 45 Kms. from Kochi city and 12
Kms. to the east of Perumbavoor town. There is an elephant taming
centre here. Facilities for elephant ride are provided here. There
is also a mini zoo at Kodanadu.
Situated 63 Kms. away from Kochi. There is a dam here and in the
reservoir boating facilities are provided. The Forest Department
provides elephant rides thorugh the forest to old Bhoothankettu,
which is very interesting.
Honeymoon Tour Packages
The overwhelming tranquility and the myriad colours of various
beautiful sights of Kerala give a breathtaking experience that
rejuvenates our minds and bodies. Kerala happens to be an ideal
destination for nature lovers and a perfect getaway from the
chaotic city life.It has also emerged as a major honeymoon spot
in India. Our effort is to bring you face to face with the adoring
beauty of Kerala. In this we take a move ahead and offer a wide
range of tour packages, for the honeymoon couples.
Kettuvallams, the stitched boats are the traditional
house boats of Kerala. They provide the best way to experience
the colourful backwaters of Kerala. The Kettuvalloms of
Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet
in length. The traditional house boat, the indispensable
part of the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, was mainly
used in Travancore and Kochi and in the Minicoy Islands
in olden times.
The rich and glorious Kerala cultural heritage is
reflected in the vibrant Kerala festivals that mirror
the ancient traditions, customs, beliefs and faiths of
the people of Kerala, South India.The festivals of Kerala,
South India are annual occasions that are celebrated for
commemorating religious occasions. Some of the popular
Kerala festivals are Onam, Vishu, Mahasivarathri, Asthami
Rohini, Thiruvathira, Pooram Festival and Thrissur Pooram.
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