Cochin (Ernakulam)

(Also known as Ernakulam )

Kerala | India
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Cochin (Ernakulam) is categorised as Pilgrimage / Business and Transit

Cochin Shipyard (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Ernakilam High court Jetty (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Boat ride around Ernakulam (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Ernakilam High court Jetty (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
St Thomas Church (Photo Courtesy: Princebpaul0484)
Marine Drive (Photo Courtesy: Deepak)
Kodanad Elephant Camp (Nivalink Trip Dated - 21 April 2010)
Ernakulam Shiva Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 October 2012)
Chottanikkara Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 October 2012)
Thrikkakara Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 October 2012)

Reasons to Visit
  • Ernakulam area is mainland to four cochin Island areas of Cochin (Fort Cochin, Willingdon, Bolgatty and Vypeen).
  • Ernakulam is business hub of Cochin and also commercial capital of Kerala.
  • Cochin Shipyard Harbour front, High Court Jetty, MG road are areas guests prefer to stay, visit and shop around.
  • Ernakulam is connected by rail with all major cities in India.
  • Ernakulam is the base point to visit Guruvayoor Temple (100 kms)and many other temples around the area.
  • Significant Hindu Pilgrimages in and around South Kerala"Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple (17 kms from Ernakulam) is one of the most visited Hindu shrines of Kerala after Guruvayoor. Chottanikkara temple is a popular local pilgrimage and visited by travellers on a Kerala pilgrimage itinerary."
  • Destinations for First time Holidays Travellers to Kerala"Ernakulam is city and part of Cochin mainland that is visited in transit. From Ernakulam guests can visit Fort cochin heritage area and undertake touristy sightseeing / shopping. Ernakulam is not always a must stay or must do and often skipped in favour of Fort cochin or skipped all together to avoid its urban character."
  • Backwater Destinations of India"Outskirts of Ernakulam (20-25 kms) is a stretch of backwaters where some exclusive homestays (Olavipe and Ayanat) and Premium resorts (Ramada) are located. Homestays are where Inbound guests arrive for exclusive stays and Luncheons and Ramada Cochin is a popular flight getaway."
  • Destinations in and around Cochin"Ernakulam is the commercial capital of Kerala and the largest city of Kerala. Ernakulam wears a city look with business hotels all round it. MG Road is heart of Ernakulam area with a high street having many malls and shopping centres."
  • Airports and Access Points for Destinations in Kerala"Cochin Airport is popular International arrival into Kerala. Ernakulam Railway Stations are popular arrival points for travellers into destinations in and around Cochin and Kerala."
  • Popular International Traveller Hubs in India"Arrival Hub for International travellers into India for destinations of Kerala and South India."
  • Metro and Major Cities in India"Cochin is a tourist destination in its own right and a harbour. It is financial capital of Kerala and now developing into IT/ITES hub. Backwaters and forests around Cochin offer traveller many experiences and bird watching options. Cochin is also renowned for its craft and ethnic cuisine and makes for a perfect two night city break. "
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  • First Time Visitors Kerala Circuit (7 Nights)
  • First Time Visitors Kerala Circuit with Kovalam (9 Nights)
  • South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary (9 Nights)

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Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and AlleppeyRs. 4118
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and AthirapallyRs. 3756
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and GuruvayoorRs. 3756
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and KottayamRs. 3638
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and KovalamRs. 10326
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and KumarakomRs. 3638
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and MarariRs. 5014
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and MunnarRs. 5399
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and PeermeduRs. 5046
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and ThattekkadRs. 3404
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and ThekkadyRs. 5280
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and ThodupuzhaRs. 3756
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and TrivandrumRs. 8334
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and VaikomRs. 2934
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and ValparaiRs. 8496
Transfers between Cochin Airport and Fort CochinRs. 2074

Car On Disposal

ServicesRates Starting From
4 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Munnar, Alleppey and Cochin TripRs. 11779

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Cochin to Guruvayoor Day visit and backRs. 3756
Cochin to Kodanad Day visit and backRs. 3287
Cochin to Thattekad Day Visit for Bird Watching and backRs. 2231
Cochin to Thrissur Temple visit and backRs. 3756
Day Visit to major Temples of Ernakulam and Kottayam AreaRs. 3638
Ernakulam Area Temple visitsRs. 1995

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Cochin (Ernakulam) has 18 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

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Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Half Day Kayaking in the Backwaters of AlleppeyRs. 3334
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
Kayaking at ThattekkadRs. 4000
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200

Bird Watching

Services Rates Starting From
Full Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1445
Half Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1167


Services Rates Starting From
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Cycling through Fort CochinRs. 4000
Cycling through the Beaches and Backwaters Cochin (Fort Cochin)Rs. 3500
Fort Kochi on bikesRs. 1100
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200


Services Rates Starting From
Cultural Art PerformanceRs. 650
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Kalari ProgrammeRs. 300
Kalari Training ClassesRs. 556
Kathakali Make up & PerformanceRs. 350
Learn Yoga in CochinRs. 1667
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200
Visit to the Cultural MuseumRs. 56

Guide Services

Services Rates Starting From
Audio Guide for AlleppeyRs. 250
Audio Guide for KochiRs. 250


Services Rates Starting From
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300

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Destination Ideas

  • Bird Watching In Thattekad
  • Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Pilgrimage
  • Cuisine Experiences in Kerala
  • Elephant Training Camp At Kodanad

Stay Ideas

  • Ramada Cochin Experience
  • Ramada Cochin Spa Getaway

Festivals linked to Cochin (Ernakulam) (Kerala)

  • Koratty Muthys Feast
  • Malayattoor Perunnal
  • Thrissur Pooram

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    Museum of Kerala History is where Important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through sculptures
    Thrikkakara Temple is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Lord Vamana, a Lord Vishnu incarnation. The temple is one of the 108 Divya desams of Lord Vishnu.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Vishnu
    Ernakulam Shiva Temple is one of the major temples of Kerala dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple history itself has deep association with history of the royal family of the city and was one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    Marine Drive is a picturesque promenade in Kochi. It is built facing the backwaters, and is a popular hangout for the locals.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    The Palace is over 450 years old having a typical Kerala Architecture and houses a collection of historic documents and relic
    Heritage Site
    Royal Heritage
    At Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum one gets a glimpse of Kerala art and crafts. There are live performances in the evening. A visit here is very popular with guests to Kerala.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Cultural Centre, Live Performances
    A complex spread over 54 acres. The complex has an archaeological Museum, a Heritage Museum, a Deer Park, a prehistoric park and a childrens park.
    Archeological Museum, Heritage Museum
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Wonderla is a renowned Amusement park cum waterpark on outskirts of Cochin (same management as one on the outskirts of Bangalore). Wonderla is very popular with locals.
    Theme Parks
    Amusement Park
    Chottanikkara Temple is a renowned pilgrim centre of Hindu goddess Bhagawati near Ernakulam.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    Mattancherry Palace known as the Dutch Palace features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the royal family of Kochi.
    Heritage Site
    Royal Heritage
    Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin was built in 1568 and is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.
    Heritage Site
    Santa Cruz Cathedral was built in 1905. Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984.
    Roman Catholic Church
    St Francis Church is a tourist attraction at Fort Cochin. It was built in 1503 and is the oldest European church in India
    Roman Catholic Church
    The Catholic Church at Pallippuram known as Church of "Our Lady of Snow" or "Manjumatha" is an important pilgrim centre for Christians near Ernakulam (20 kms).
    Roman Catholic Church
    175 year old synagogue at North Paravur area. It was built with typical Kerala architecture and is a tourist attraction.
    Heritage Site
    A craft village at Fort cochin that offers a wide ranging live performances. A visit here is very popular with guests to Fort cochin.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Cultural Centre, Live Performances
    The Dharmanath Jain temple at Mattancherry is over 100 years old and is one of the prime places of worship for Jains in Kerala.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Jain Temple
    The Cheraman Juma Masjid is considered to be one of the first mosques to have been built in India dated around 7th century. The mosque is built with traditional Hindu art and architecture and resembles a temple.
    Mosque or Dargah
    The Cherai Beach is long stretch of beach that is popular with locals. It has the calm serene Backwaters on the other side and the area is filled with coconut trees.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Kalady is birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya who preached advaita or monotheism. There is a Shankracharya temple on the banks of the river which also encloses the samadhi of Sankaracharyas mother Aryamba.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Kallil Temple is a 9th-century Jain Temple and locatred atop a hill requiring 120 steps to reach. Spread over 28 acres, the temple offers excellent views.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Jain Temple
    An elephant training camp on Cochin - Munnar route and a popular for overseas travellers and families with kids for a bit of fun with elephants and a touristy elephant ride.
    Elephant Experience
    Kadamattom Church is one of the ancient churches (9th century) near Muvattupuzha and is an integral part of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
    Syrian Catholic
    The Malayatoor Church is one of the Christian pilgrimages in Kerala and one that attracts large number of devotees from all over India. It is believed that the footprints seen on a rock near the church belongs to St. Thomas the Apostle, who came here in 52 AD as a missionary setting up many churches in Kerala.
    Roman Catholic Church
    Bhoothathankettu is a dam and tourist site. It is situated in the village of Pindimana, about 50 km away from the Kochi. Bhoothathankettu is connected to the Salim Ali/Thattekad Bird Sanctuary,
    Lake or Riverside
    The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries. Guests typically do a guided tour on a Bamboo rafting for bird watching.
    Activity, Rides
    Boating, Bird Watching
    Guruvayur is renowned pilgrim destination visited for the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, a renowned Lord Krishna pilgrimage and the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Krishna
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Fort Cochin heritage walk is one recommended for any heritage traveller. The Fort cochin heritage area is home to buildings that date back to the dutch settlements in the area and still laidback and full of character. Within a short walk one can visit Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing nets and St Francis Church. There are several renowned heritage hotels here.

Destinations within reach from Cochin (Ernakulam)

  • Kumarakom ( 60 Km )

    Kumarakom is a patch Vembanad lakefront at 15 kms from Kottayam and renowned world over for their more

  • Kottayam ( 72 Km )

    Kottayam, is a base town for Rubber Plantations around the area and one of the largest rubber more

  • Pala ( 77 Km )

    Pala is located 22 kms from Kottayam and is set around rubber Plantation highlands. Pala is home more

  • Teekoy ( 96 Km )

    Teekoy is a plantation area 43 kms from Kottayam enroute to Vagamon and home to some plantation more

  • Munnar ( 130 Km )

    Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and more

  • Peermedu ( 140 Km )

    Peermedu is a local getaway and known to be very misty and windy and visited for a nature centric more

  • Valparai ( 150 Km )

    Valparai is a plantation area at about 100 kms from Coimbatore and 60 kms from Polachi. The area more

  • Pollachi ( 162 Km )

    Pollachi is situated 40 kms from Coimbatore on the foothills of Annamalais. The Jaggery Market in more

  • Topslip ( 172 Km )

    Topslip is 2 hours drive uphill from coimbatore and is part of Anaimalai mountain range and Indira more

  • Varkala ( 183 Km )

    Varkala is a beach destination at 60 kms north of Kovalam and home to ancient Janardhana Swamy more

  • Theni ( 200 Km )

    Theni is a railhead located 80 kms from Madurai and access point for plantation circuits of more

  • Calicut ( 201 Km )

    Calicut is a major town in North Kerala and a preferred access point for most North Kerala more

  • Madurai ( 260 Km )

    Madurai today is one of the busiest towns in Tamilnadu. The Meenakshi temple is awe-inspiring and more

  • Ooty ( 264 Km )

    Ooty (7500 ft asl) is one of the premier hill stations of India. It is known for its colonial more

  • Kannur ( 270 Km )

    Kannur is a busy town in North Kerala and one of the important regional hubs. It is also a point more

  • Kotagiri ( 270 Km )

    Kotagiri is a colonial era plantation area, at about 30 km.east of Ooty, 23 km. from Coonoor and more

  • Kolar ( 538 Km )

    Kolar is situated 75 kms east of Bangalore on the Bangalore - Tirupati route and known for India's more

  • Bangalore ( 546 Km )

    Bangalore (now also called “Bengaluru”) is the state capital of Karnataka and one of the largest more

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Cochin (Ernakulam)
Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
AngamalyA transit and local business traveller option at 4 kms from International Airport on NH-47. Transit-
Around Airport3 kms radius around International Airport where hotels cater to guests in transit.Transit3
ByepassNH-47 bypasses Ernakulam while approaching from Cochin Airport. Around this Byepass there are number of mid-segment and premium business hotels situated focussed on catering to business traveller and convention segment.Transit/Business2
Kadavanthara6 kms from Ernakulam town, a quieter area overlooking backwater canalExperiential1
Ernakulam TownA city centre area in close proximity to the MG road, High court jetty, shopping areas and Ernakulam South, Ernakulam Town railway stations.Transit/Business/Holiday1
High Court JettyOnly area in Ernakulam offering harbour / Arabian sea views. From high court jetty one can take a ferry to Bolgatty and other nearby islandsTransit/Business/Holiday1
Kumbalam10 kms ahead of the Byepass on the NH-47 is a backwater patch, overlooking which Ramada Cochin, a premium getaway resort is situated.Getaway1
MaraduFew kilomers on the Bypass towards Alleppey is Maradu, behind which is Thevara Waterfront, a backwater patch. Around this Le Meridien convention Centre, Riviera Suites Apartment hotel and Ambady Palmgrove a club resort is situated.Getaway1
MG RoadHeart of Ernakulam and a high street where leisure oriented guests prefer to stay. There are number of mid-segment business hotels situated here.Transit/Business/Holiday2
PoochakkalA quiet and scenic area surrounded by backwaters offering a rural landscape at 22 kms from town centre and home to Olavipe HomestayExperiential-
Thevara Water FrontThevara Water Front is a residential location 3 kms north of MG Road surrounded by backwaters and also directly accessible from NH-47 (Cochin Byepass)Getaway-
KakkanadKakkanad is where Infopark is located on outskirts of Ernakulam (Cochin)Transit/Business-
Landmark NameDescriptionLandmark Type
Abad Nucleus MallThe Nucleus Mall opened on 5th Nov 2010 and is India’s first LEED Certified gold rated green mall. It is located at Maradu and has 6 floors with a floor space of 280,000 sq ft. It has a food court, Gaming Zone, 6D Theatre and many other retail outlets.Shopping Malls
Amrita Institute of Medical SciencesThe Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) was inaugurated on May 17, 1998 by the Prime Minister then Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is a non profit organization located at Eddapally in Kochi. The hospital was awarded with the National Healthcare Excellence Awards for the “Best Hospital” in the year 2013.Hospital
Bay Pride MallBay Pride Mall in Kerala is developed and designed by ABAD builders and has a total area of 200,000 sq ft. It faces the Arabian Sea which is one of the mall’s best features. Shopping Malls
Cochin International AirportThe Cochin International Airport is located at Nedumbassery and is the largest and busiest airport in Kerala. It is the forth busiest airport as of 2013-14. This was the first airport in India developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model. Airport
Ernakulam City Railway StationErnakulam Town is one of the main railway stations in the city situated in the northern part of the city and a point for trains going to the Southern part. The station is also known as Ernakulam North. The station is operation by the Southern Railways zone of the Indian Railways. Railway Station
Ernakulam Junction Railway StationErnakulam Junction is the largest station in Kochi and is a major railway station with trains departing from here for any part of India. It is also known as Ernakulam South. The station is a junction, joining lines going in 4 different directions i.e. North, South, South West and East. This station is the first railway station in Kerala to boast of an escalator which was installed here on 9th Sep 2013.Railway Station
Ernakulam Medical CentreErnakulam Medical Centre (EMC) is a multi speciality hospital with 300 beds. The hospital was established on 24th Jan 1985Hospital
Fort KochiFort Kochi located in Kochi has a mix of old houses built by the British, Portuguese and Dutch. Places visited around this area include the St Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace and many more. Tourist Attraction
Gold Souk Grande KochiGold Souk Grande Kochi is a part of the Gold Souk chain of malls located all over the country. It is the 1st shopping mall in South India catering to Wedding Shoppers. It opened in March 2011. It houses a Multiplex Theatre, Bowling Alley, Food Court and much moreShopping Malls
Hill Palace Archaelogical MuseumThe Hill Palace was built in the year 1865 by the Maharaja of Cochin and was opened to public as museum in 1986. It is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala with a heritage museum, a deer park, Children’s Park and pre-historic park. The campus of the museum has many rare species of medicinal plants. The Musuem is open to public on all days except MondaysTourist Attraction
Jawahar Lal International StadiumThe Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is an international stadium in Kochi. It is locally known as the Kaloor International Stadium. It has a capacity of 75,000 spectators. In 1997 the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament was conducted here which was their first tournament.Others
Lakeshore HospitalLakeshore Hospital opened in Jan 2003 and is a multi super-speciality hospital in Cochin. It was the first hospital to do a Bone Marrow transplant in Kerala for a child. It also has a Joint replacement division with India’s first digitally Integrated Orthopedic Operation Theatre with airflow guided system.Hospital
LuLu International Shopping MallThe Lulu Mall owned and managed by the Lulu Group is the largest mall in Kerala opened in March 2013. The mall is spread over 1.7 million sq ft. The mall has a Multiplex, Food Courts, Restaurants and family entertainment zones. They also have a ice skating rink which is 5000 sq ft and South India’s Largest as well as a bowling alley. Shopping Malls
Marine Drive ErnakulamMarine Drive in Kochi is a visually attractive promenade facing the backwaters. Many locals as well as tourist are seen here in the evenings. It has a walkway starting from the High Court Junction till Rajendra Maidan. No vehicles are allowed on the walkway. One can see Boat jetties along the walkway too. There are 2 bridges called the Rainbow Bridge and Chinese Fishing Net bridge that has be contemporarily built. You can also find fast food joints along the walkway.Tourist Attraction
Oberon MallOberon Mall located in Kochi was built and developed by the Oberon Group of Companies and currently is the second largest mall in Kerala built on an area of 426,000 sq ft with 5 floors of shops and office spaces. It is one of the busiest shopping place in Kochi.Shopping Malls
Polakulath Narayanan Renai MedicityThe Polakulath Narayanan Renai Medicity is a multi speciality hospital built in the memory of its founder Polakulath Narayanan. The hospital has 500 beds with 11 seperate ICU units with 120 beds. The hospital also had 24 hour accident and emergency care units. Besides the above ample car parking facility and restaurants are available at the hospital.Hospital
The Centre Square MallThe Centre Sqaure Mall located on MG Road is spread across 5 Lakh Sq ft and has a parking space for 500 cars and 500 two wheelers. The mall has a Multiplex with 11 screens, a gaming zone, Food court and Restaurants. They also have a variety of domestic and international retail brands. Shopping Malls
Airport in Cochin (Ernakulam)
  • Cochin International Airport ( COK ) , Cochin (Ernakulam)
Railway Stations in Cochin (Ernakulam)
  • Ernakulam Junction (South) ( ERS ), Cochin (Ernakulam)
  • Ernakulam Town ( ERN ), Cochin (Ernakulam)
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