Being the biggest metropolis in the state and the nerve centre of commercial and industrial activities, Ernakulam offers much potential for a casu8al or shopping spree visitor. HOwever, as we are less interested in the metropolitan face of the city we drove directly to see the hill palace at Thrippunithura, which is situated a few kilometers south of the city. Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi's charms are manifold. From the Chinese fishing nets and heritage buildings of Fort Kochi to the old spice markets of Mattancherry and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Ernakulam, buzzing with hotels, cinema halls shops and restaurants, the city combines the finest in tradition and modernity.

Basic information

Established 1 Nov 1956
Area 3068
Population 30,98,378
Language Malayalam
Temperature 20 – 28 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0487
Best time to visit September to March

Places to Visit

Athirappally and Vazhachal water falls, Ayyappa and Edathedathu Kavil Bhagavathy, Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores, Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid, Cheruthuruthy, the land of Arts, Guruvayur, Irinjalakkuda, the land of Bharatha, Juma Masjid, the oldest Mosque in India, Kodungallur, Koodalmanikyam Temple, Irinjalakuda, Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple, Lourdes Cathedral, Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine, Martha Mariyam Chaldean Church, Palayur Church, Punnathoor Kotta, Sakthan Thampuran Palace, Shiva Temple, Sree Rama Temple, Thriprayar, The Cheraman Perumal who embraced Islam, The State Museum and Zoo, The Swaraj Roudn the heart of Thrissur, Vadakkumnathan Temple,