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Ernakulam
Ernakulam
Location of Ernakulam
in Kerala and India
Coordinates 9°59′N 76°17′E / 9.98°N 76.28°E / 9.98; 76.28
Country  India
State Kerala
District(s) Ernakulam
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
Elevation

4 m (13 ft)
This article is about the town of Ernakulam, See Ernakulam district.

Ernakulam (Malayalam: എറണാകുളം, Eṟṇākulaṁ) refers to the eastern part of the mainland of Kochi city in Kerala, India. Ernakulam is the most urban part of Kochi and has lent its name to Ernakulam District. The Office of the Corporation of Cochin, and the Kerala High Court are situated here. The name 'Ernakulam' is derived from the name of a very famous temple of Lord Shiva called the Ernakulathappan Temple. It is also said that the word Ernakulam was drawn from Malayalam words 'Ere naal Kulam', which mean 'Pond for a long time'. Ernakulam is the commercial capital of the state of Kerala.

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Geography

Ernakulam is located at 9°59′N 76°17′E / 9.98°N 76.28°E / 9.98; 76.28[1]. It has an average elevation of 4 m (13 ft).

Politics

Ernakulam assembly constituency is part of Ernakulam (Lok Sabha constituency).[2]

Business

Ernakulam is home to the Cochin Stock Exchange

Entertainment

The Shenoys, one of the popular Cineplexs in the city.

There are over twenty cinema halls that screen movies in Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi. A film festival, known as the Cochin International Film Festival (CIFF), is held in the city every year.

Media

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Print

Major Malayalam newspapers published in Kochi include Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi, Deshabhimani, Deepika, Kerala Kaumudi and Veekshanam.

Popular English newspapers include The Hindu, The New Indian Express and The Pioneer. A number of evening papers are also published from the city.[3]

Newspapers in other regional languages like Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu are also sold in large numbers.

Being the seat of the Cochin Stock Exchange, a number of financial publications are also published in the city. These include The Economic Times, Business Line, The Business Standard and The Financial Express.

Prominent magazines and religious publications like the Sathyadeepam, The Week and Vanitha are also published from the city.

Television

Television stations in Kochi include Asianet Cable Vision, Indiavision, Kairali TV, Jeevan TV, Amrita TV, JaiHind TV and Manorama News. Satellite television services are available through Doordarshan Direct Plus, Dish TV and Tata Sky.

Radio

All India Radio has two FM stations in the city, operating at 102.3  MHz and 107.5 MHz. Private FM radio stations are Club FM 94.3, Radio Mango 91.9 which plays music 24 hours a day, and 93.5 S FM. Private satellite radios such as WorldSpace, are also available.

Telephone

Ernakulam has the larger density of telephones in India (based on its population).[4 ] Telephony services are provided by various players like Airtel, Idea cellular, Vodafone, Reliance Infocomm, Tata Indicom and the government owned BSNL.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Kochi (Kerala) article)

From Wikitravel

Kochi Harbour mouth, seen from Willingdon Island
Kochi Harbour mouth, seen from Willingdon Island

Kochi (earlier known as Cochin) is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala with a bustling commercial port. Kochi is known as the financial capital of Kerala and it is the biggest urban agglomeration in Kerala.

Kochi Harbour
Kochi Harbour

The city of Kochi is separated into numerous distinct areas particularly close to each other. These include the mainland areas of Ernakulam City (where the train stations to the rest of India leave and arrive), Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi (the primary tourist enclave), Mattancherry, Kumbalangi and outlying islands. These distinct neighbourhoods arose as the result of a mixed past.

Kochi merchants began trading in spices such as black pepper and cardamom with the Arabs, the Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese more than 600 years ago.

Kochi has a lot of remnants from the past still clinging on. The famous landmark of Kochi is a row of Chinese fishing nets at the mouth of the harbor leading to the Arabian sea in Fort Kochi, the oldest part of the city. In Ernakulam, the latest in skyscrapers and modern shopping can be found, while the old quarter -- the Fort Kochi area and Mattancherry area -- maintains a colonial air. This makes Kochi one of the best places to travel [1].

Kochi is comparatively cleaner and quieter than many other Indian tourist places. Having said that, Kochi is still a health and sanitation problem. Trash and rubbish litter most public areas. The infrastructure of proper sidewalks and grey water control remains a problem. Be careful walking especially at night as poorly lit areas and multi-level sidewalks are common. Often gaping holes could land you in a puddle.

This area boasts of hundreds of islands, some even uninhabited, and is part of the Backwaters of Kerala. A famous island is that of Bolghatty (local name Mulavukad) where the Dutch built a palace. This palace was later used as house of the British Resident administrator. Right now the Dutch Palace is a tourist hotel, and you are welcome to live there as guest.

Rainy season is from June to September. Temperature 22-34° C depending on season. Use mosquito repellent cream while traveling during night, and consider a mosquito net for sleeping.

  • Cochin International Airport [2]

is located at Nedumbassery approximately 29 km from the city. There are flights to and from Colombo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah,Salalah, Jeddah, Muscat, Riyadh, Doha, Dammam, Al Ain, Manama, Kuwait, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Calicut, Coimbatore, Lakshadweep, Mangalore, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Take a pre-paid taxi to your destination.

  • Trivandrum International Airport, which is around 220 km from Kochi, and travel to Kochi by road/rail. It is 5-6 hour journey.

By train

You can reach Kochi from other cities Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Coimbatore, Kozhikode (Calicut), Chennai, Bangalore, Bombay, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata by train.

There are two major Rail station in Kochi( Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction, locally known as North and South railway stations). The Indian Railways [3] serves Kochi with a number of train services connecting it to other parts of the state and the country. One of the best ways to get to Kochi is to take the Konkan Railway train from Mumbai that passes through the Konkan coast. The train ride is renowned for the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the terrain that the train passes through.

By bus

Kochi is accessible from all parts of the state of Kerala, through the extensive state run Kerala Road Transport Corporation (K.S.R.T.C.) bus service. These buses are generally cheap and reliable, but the drivers are notoriously reckless, although they have excellent control over their vehicles. There buses are classified as Ordinary Passenger, Limited Stop, Fast Passenger, Super Fast Passenger, Lightning Express and Garuda. The last is an air-conditioned service operating on the Thiruvananthapuram-Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram-Calicut routes, both passing through Kochi. These are modern buses and compare with buses in Europe, with well-maintained interiors and comfortable seats.

There are also numerous private buses or 'route buses' that connect pretty much every single district in Kerala to Kochi. Both the K.S.R.T.C and the private buses offer very basic comforts and are rarely air conditioned.

There also exists daily services to and from other major cities in South India including Mumbai, Bangalore(12 hrs), Mangalore (12 hrs), Coimbatore (4.5 hrs) and Chennai (14 hrs). These are run by both private operators and by the respective State Transport Authorities. The private buses offer better comfort, are cleaner and more modern, and are more expensive. A ticket on a private operator-run bus, especially an A/C Volvo bus, is costlier than a 3-AC train ticket.

By taxi

Trivandrum to Kochi around 220 km

Fishermen in Kochi Harbour
Fishermen in Kochi Harbour

By boat

Kochi can be reached by sea in yachts or by occasional cruise ship from Goa or Bombay.

Get around

[4]

By bus

Kochi has an excellent and cheap local bus service system, operated by private bus operators. The numbering system is rarely used although it appears to exist. The buses are red in color, and though they may vary in appearance, they still can be distinguished as city bus services.

Destination boards display signs prominently in Malayalam and in small letters the English version. Using the local bus service is not that difficult as most bus conductors would be able to provide assistance with basic knowledge of English or Hindi or even Tamil. Remember however that peak hours on weekdays can lead to overcrowded buses. That is not the best time to use these buses, like in any busy city.

Travellers must remember that a certain number of seats are allocated for ladies in the forward portion of each bus. Unless these seats are empty, gentlemen are not expected to occupy them, and they must be vacated when a lady wishes to sit there. The standard precautions of being wary of pickpockets and other anti-social elements must be maintained.

Several important points serviced by Kochi's city bus service include Fort Kochi, Thoppumpady, Edakochi, Mattancherry, Island (Willingdon Island), Thevara, Kaloor, Palarivattom, Kakkanad, Kalamassery, Edapalli,North Paravur, Alwaye, Tripunithura, and Vytilla Jn.

Many key routes that pass through the city (from Alwaye/Kakkanad etc to Fort Kochi/Thevara Jn etc) will have the following route/stops

  1. Kaloor (interchange for Long Distance Private Bus Services for Kottayam, Palai, Changanacheri, Mundakayam, Erumeli, Pathanamthitha etc.& night services towads Calicut, Kannur, Wayanad)
  2. Lissie Jn (Some Private Long Distance Luxury Bus Operators)
  3. Town Hall (Closest point to Ernakulam Town (North) Station)
  4. Kacheripady Jn (KSRTC State Transport Bus Stand - 1 km away & MG Road Start)
  5. High Court (KSINC Boat Jetty for Ferry to Vypeen, Mulavukad, Panambukadu, Ochanthurth, Murikkumpadam & Bolgatty, Long Distance Private Bus Services to Guruvayoor,Thrissur, Calicut,Irinjalakuda,Kodungallur,North Paravur )Private ordinary Bus Services to Vypeen,Cherai Beach,Munabam,North Paravur,Kodungallur via Goshree Bridges
  1. Marine Drive (GCDA Complex)
  2. Main Boat Jetty (Boat Jetty for Ferry to Vypeen, Fort Kochi, Mattencherry, Willingdon Island, Vallarpadam, Varapuzha, Perubalam, Karthedom, Mulavukad) Also KSRTC's ordinary limited stop buses to North Paravur, Kodungallur,Guruvayoor,Thrissur, Calicut starts from here.
  3. Shenoys/YMCA (Some services only & services towards Kaloor) - (Closest point to KSRTC State Transport Stand - 0.5 km)
  4. Jos Junction - Virtual Centre of Ernakulam (Alighting Point for Ernakulam Jn (South) - 0.5 km, Private Bus Operators to Thekaddy/Kumili, Munnar, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Idukki and Private Long Distance Luxury Bus Operators - To Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Mangalore Coimbatore etc.)
  5. Ravipuram - Main Business & Commercial Area. Buses for Thevara, Edakochi, Fort Kochi, Mattancherri, Thoppumpady & W. Island Pass through here.
  6. Thevara Jn
  7. Island (Old Airport)
  8. Thoppumpady
  9. Mattancheri
  10. Fort Kochi

Buses from/to Tripunithura/Vytilla Jn will deviate after Jos Junction to pass through:

  1. Kadavanthara
  2. Vytilla Jn.
  3. Tripunithura

Buses from/to Alwaye follow the following broad route Kaloor Jn., Edapally, Kalamassery, Alwaye

Buses from/to North Paravur follow the following broad route Kaloor Jn., Edapally,Varapuzha,North Paravur

Buses from/to Kakkanad follow the following broad route Kaloor Jn., Palarivattom Jn., Palarivattom Bye Pass, Chembukmukku, Padamugal, Kakkanad

Some services may operate directly between Alwaye, Edapally, Kakkanad and Vytilla Jn using the Byepass Road via Palarivattom Bye Pass.

By autorickshaw

This is a cheap way of transport between attractions. You can find an auto stand at almost every bus stop. This is the ideal way to cover short distances. Make sure you agree on a fare with the driver before the journey because almost none of the autorickshaws have working meters. Beware of autorickshaw drivers who charge extra if they know you are tourists. One easy solution is to approach pre-paid auto stands (they are available only in railway station) if you are coming through the rail.

By taxi

The taxis in Kochi are very convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Tata Indica cars or Ambassador cars, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto.

Unlike most Western countries, taxis are not usually marked with 'TAXI' signs on the top. In fact, you must call for a taxi, as it is nearly impossible to hail one unless you are at a major point like the airport. When you call, you should negotiate a fare (or agree on using the meter) and get the taxi's 'number'. The taxi will come pick you up, and call you when they are close. When you go out on the street, look at the license plate for the number they gave you -- it will be the last four digits of the license plate. Taxis are generally white in color and have yellow license plates with black letters.

Although it can be hard for Westerners to realise at first, this process is very effective. If in doubt, ask a member of your hotel staff to help you, and when your taxi comes be sure to tip the helpful staff member Rs. 10 or 15 for the assistance.

By private car

Most taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers will be more than happy to offer you either a daily rate or an hourly rate, and take you around wherever you need to go. Alternately, your hotel or a travel company can arrange a private car.

If you find a good taxi or auto driver, this can be a great way to go for a foreigner. You'll certainly pay a lot more than if you bought individual rides, but you'll always have a driver waiting for you, and he can help with recommending local tourist sites, finding a good restaurant to eat at, and otherwise coping with day-to-day life. This can take a lot of the stress out of traveling.

Rates are generally something like Rs. 50 to 100 per hour for an auto-rickshaw, and Rs 150 to 250 per hour for a taxi. Rates for a private car booked via the hotel will probably be more. Like everything else in India, rates are very fluid.

By ferry

There are also good ferry services between islands.

A useful service is the 'Junkar' between Fort Kochi and Vypeen. There are regular boat services, every 20-30 minutes, from Ernakulam to Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Vypeen and Willingdon Island which are much cheaper than the buses. This ferry service is also faster also in many cases because a bus or taxi has to travel longer & through crowded routes. E.g. if you are somewhere near M.G. Road and travelling to Willingdon Island or Mattancherry, it will be cheaper & faster to catch the ferry from Ernakulam Main boat jetty.

Talk

As with most parts of Kerala, the main langauge of Kochi is Malayalam. However, most educated people will be able to speak Hindi and English. Knowledge of English would be sufficient to get around as most people you will meet will be able to communicate in broken English at the very least.

  • Hill Palace Museum [5] - The erstwhile Kochi Raja's palace, now converted to a museum along with a small zoo, is 12 Km south-east of Ernakulam at Tripunithura. Has paintings and epigraphy from the collections of the Travancore & Kochi royal families.
  • Museum of Kerala History - at Edappally, 10km. north of the city
  • Pareekshith Thampuran Museum contains oil paintings, old coins, sculptures and Mughal paintings, and models of interesting temples and traditional Kerala buildings.
Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi
Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi
  • Fort Kochi
  • Mattancherry There is a beautiful Jain temple here. It is great to visit at about 12:15hrs when the pigeons are feed by Jain mandir people, which they have been doing for the past 17 years. A huge number of pigeons first take three circles of the temple and listen to mantra before eating.
  • Willingdon Island [6] - An large artificial island made out of sand dredged from the backwaters to deepen the Kochi Port.
  • Vypeen and Gundu Islands - The Island boasts a lighthouse at Ochenthuruthu, beaches and the early 16th century
  • Bolgatty - built in 1744 as Dutch Palace; one of the KTDC Hotels with green lawns and Golf Course.
  • Chinese fishing Nets [7] - at Fort Kochi.
  • Dutch Palace - constructed by the Portuguese in 1568 for Maharaja of Kochi Veera Kerala Varma. Later rebuilt by the Dutch.
  • St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi - constructed by the Portuguese[1503]. Vasco da Gama was buried here [1524] and later his remains were transferred to Lisbon, Portugal. His tombstone can be seen inside the church.
St. Francis Church, Kochi
St. Francis Church, Kochi
  • Jew Street and Synagogue - at Mattancherry, the synagogue was constructed in 1568 and rebuilt in 1662.
  • Santacruz Cathedral- at Fort Kochi
  • Art Complex - Madhavan Nayar Foundation - Gallery of Paintings and Sculptures at Edappally, 10 km. north of city. (There is the Kerala History Museum, history students take note!)
  • Thrikkakara Temple - at Thrikkakara, is a temple devoted to the Hindu deity Vamana. Thrikkakara temple is a major centre for celebration of the festival Onam, that is celebrated in great pomp and colour throughout Kerala. Get here during Onam time and you can catch the famous 10-day festival at the temple, peppered with performances of Kerala's traditional arts and ending with a Onam feast on the last day.
  • Thirumala Devaswom Temple - at Mattancherry. A temple built by the Gowda Sarawatha Brahmins, Lord Venkateswara the main deity, famous for second-largest brass bell in Asia. The North Gopuram is fully roofed with copper.
  • Ernakulam Siva Temple - situated at the centre of the town, near the Durbar Hall Ground.
  • Durbar Hall Ground [8] - venue of many fairs during festivals
  • Kalady - Birth place of Sri Shankaracharya (Adi Shankara) [786-820], the great Indian philosopher and founder of the Advaita philosophy. Shrines of Shankaracharya here are open to all pilgrims, irrespective of religion or caste. 48km north of the city.
  • Kanjiramattam Mosque - Muslim pilgrim center, venue of Kudikkuthu Festival, 30km east of the city
  • Chendamangalam - Historically the seat of Paliath Achan, the Prime Minister of Kochi Kingdom, old Oriental Jewish synagogue and colony. Now a centre for handloom weaving and coir manufacturing, view of annual fair "Mattachanda" (Barter Systems). It is 42km north-west of city near North Paravur .
  • Pallipuram Fort - built by the Portuguese in 1503, one of the oldest existing European monuments in India. Situated in Vypeen island at Pallipuram.
  • Aluva - called "Alwaye" till a few years ago, town on the way from the international airport to Kochi, has some places of interest - Sree Narayana Guru's Advaita Ashram and the erstwhile Travancore king's palace.
  • Aluva Manalpuram - is famous for the Shivarathri festival on the sandy banks of the Periyar river. A Siva temple is located along the banks too.
  • Malayattoor Mount - A Christian pilgrimage centre, supposed to be a place visited by St. Thomas. (St. Thomas visited Kerala in AD 52. Don't forget Christianity reached India much before it reached Europe!)
  • Cherai Beach - near North Paravur is a new-generation tourist hot-spot with golden beaches (with big sand grains, like those of river sand used in construction, probably deposited by the Periyar river at some point in time), coconut palm corridors, backwaters, and historical monuments. You can reach Cherai Beach by bus, auto rickshaw, etc., from Ernakulam town though bus is a lot cheaper. Frequent buses are available from High Court that go through Goshree bridges and Vypeen Island.
  • Boating on the Kochi backwaters, (at Marine Drive). Get a feel of the backwaters at Kochi .Be sure to Check the Safety Measures In the boat  edit
  • Fort Ayurveda, 2/6A Calvathy Road (next to Coast Guard). Experience rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments at Fort Ayurveda, an undertaking of Fort HouseHotel in association with Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group. Authentic, clean and in a fine setting.  edit
  • Kathakali (kathakali in Kochi), Kalathil Parambil House Kathakali Parambil Crossroad Second Left from Govt. Girls High School on Chitoor-Valanjambalam road Ernakulam South Kochi 682016, 0484-2376471/72 or 9846140691. Located in heart of Kochi city, this theatre now functions from the 160 year old Vakke Bungalow of Kathakali Parambil House situated in Kalathil Parambil Crossroad which is very near South Railway Station (Ernakulam Junction). With regular evening performances starting from 06:00PM, guests can watch the elaborate Make up performance with explanation followed by a detailed demonstration and narration of Kathakali styles, history etc. This is followed by an hour long presentation of Kathakali dance ending at 8:00PM with a brief open house for an intellectual discussion on Kathakali matters. Special shows with more dancers and non-traditional stories in other timings can be arranged in the theatre. Likewise special outdoor shows are also performed for various events, corporate get-togethers, and social functions as well as on shows on request for quite reasonable charges. Their contact email id is seeindiakathakali@yahoo.com  edit

Buy

Jewtown has numerous antique and craft stores. Bargains are available but be warned that many 'antiques' were probably made in the owners backyard! Shop with care and bargain hard.

  • Isidore Art Palace, Jewtown, Kochi 662002 (Next to the Synagogue), (). Will reliably ship stuff outside India. Bargain hard!  edit
  • Galleria Synagogue Art Gallery, Jewtown, Kochi 6820002 (Walk down from the synagogue), 484 - 2222544. Showcases art work from many different local artists. Prices are reasonable, and they very often have exhibitions showing some amazing art work from the region.  edit

Depending on what you are looking for, many clothing and jewelry shops along MG road and Marine Drive are available. Prices are reasonable for western budgets. Shopping Malls are a new concept for Kochi and the new Bay Pride Mall on Marine drive and Oberon Mall at Edapally offers air conditioned comfort with a small food court and a nice coffee shop.One of the latest additions to the city's lifestyle shopping needs is "My Kingdom" on MG Road, a one of its kind store spread across 4 levels catering to different generations of the family.

  • Kalyan Silks
  • Seematti(costly)
  • Jayalakshmi Silks
  • The Chennai Silks
  • Dew Drops
  • Lady Bug (closed for Renovation)
  • Graffitti - cheap summer clothing
  • There are stores of all major brands including Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Levis, Wrangler etc
  • Apple store At Kadavantra

These may be found on MG Road, Marine Drive, or the strip that connects them called Broadway, which is a street shoppers paradise.

Malls :

  • Bay Pride Mall, Marine Drive
  • Oberon Mall [9], Edapally Bypass
  • Wilson Tours, Princess Street, 04842217405, [10]. A long-running and reliable travel agent on Princess Street. Stanley Wilson arranged a very affordable trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for us complete with a driver. He also can arrange backwaters tours on environmentally-friendly house boats in quiet areas.  edit
  • Bookport (English Bookshop),Ground Floor,Kurian Towers,Banerjee Road Phone: 0484-2397129,9746401310 [11]
  • Hamlet, Kurien Towers, Banerjee Road
  • DC, Kurien Towers, Banerjee Road
  • DeeCee, Island Castle, Chitoor Road
  • Shankar, M.G rd,Padma Road
  • Alphabet, Kadavanthara Road
  • Bay Pride Mall, Marine Drive
  • H & C, it has its stores just off m.g. road
  • GCDA Shopping complex, Marine Drive
  • Oberon Mall, Edapally
  • Pai and Co, M.G Road and Broadway
  • Idiom Books,P.O Box 32,Behind St.Francis Church,Fort Kochi Tel 0484 2217075,2225604
  • Kochi Books,Princess Street,Fort Kochi- Tel 00 91 484 2218730 E:sales@kochibooks.com

Eat

Plenty of great, fresh seafood is available all over Fort Kochi. Visit Fort Kochi beach where you can buy fresh fish near the Chinese fishing nets and get it cooked in the nearby food stalls for a small fee. Fish mongers will sell you a kilo of tiger prawns for around $6USD and a kilo of squid for around $5USD. For a fillet of fish you may have to do a little bargaining. Try and find out what the locals are paying and work for that. The food stalls will charge you between 40 and 50 Rupee per person to cook your fish (grilled, curry, whatever...) and provide you with a serve of chips and salad! It is done reasonably hygienic so you shouldn't worry to much about the salad.

Fish fry, fish molly, fish curry and fish peera are the favorites, usually taken with rice or steamed tapioca (cassava). Also worth trying are the traditional rice based breakfast snacks - puttu and kadala, appam and stew. Try the "thattukadas" where you get hot, fresh-cooked, foods, where they don't have refrigerators to preserve the balance food.

  • Chic King, M.G Road, Palarivattom. It looks, smells and tastes pretty much like KFC  edit
  • Fort House Restaurant and Hotel, 2/6A Calvathy Road (next to Coast Guard), 0484 2217103, [12]. Located at the water front and offers good Kerala food with great views  edit
  • Hotel Aaryas, (Near Varkeys, Manorama Junction). Vegetarian restaurant run by Tamilians  edit
  • Hotel Thali, (Opp Little Flower Church, Near Kadavanthra). Very good Kerala style cusine. Try their Dum Biriyani  edit
  • Just Biryani, 40/9534 Opp State bank of Hyderabad,Pulleppady, near padma jn m.g.road, ernakulam, 4022334. 12-3PM only. the finest original dhum biryani store, made using authentic cooking methods. 55.  edit
  • Kadaloram, Abad Plaza. Good buffet at about rs 150 per head.  edit
  • K.R Bakes. Cheap hygienic food. Both the bakery and restaurant offer pretty good food. Can be found at several places, including Palarivattom junction.  edit
  • Shala, 1/605 Peter Celli Street, Fort Kochi 682001, (0)484 2216036. A delicious Keralan restaurant which serves a small menu which changes daily in lovely surroundings  edit

Drink

Keralites are well known for their drinking habits. Kerala is the largest consumer of alcohol among the Indian states. So it shouldn't be a problem finding Bars and Pubs in Cochin. If you are not into alchol try some of these:

  • Karikku / ilaneer (tender coconut)
  • Sambhaaram (buttermilk), especially on hot summer days
  • Shakes, get them cold, like a Sharjah Shake for example - a good cooldown option
  • Fresh toddy from the coconut tree, especially around the Kumarakom area. Take caution as adulteration of the brew is very common. Your best bet would be to get it from a local who has given over his coconut trees for extraction.

Some of the Well known Bars are

  • Velocity. Banerji road  edit
  • Oberoi Bar, MG Road.  edit

There are many Coffee shops as well in and around the city

  • Cafe Coffee Day - Shenoy's Cinema, Oberon Mall and Ravipuram junction- your standard coffee hangout
  • Barista - Bay Pride Mall, Marine Drive - the place to cool down with coffee after a walk at Marine Drive
  • Coffee Beanz - Marine Drive road - another place to get your cold coffee and snacks
  • Teapot - Fort Cochin
  • Kashi art cafe - Fort Cochin
  • Cocoa Tree - MG Road
  • Tandav The most happening disco in town
  • Glow lounge bar cum discotheque of Hotel Harbour View promises not just exotic cocktails and signature drinks now. The DJ Nights here are not restricted to Fridays and Saturdays. It’s fun unlimited on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well.
  • Loungevity With an inhouse DJ playing your favourite tunes and the latest in Electronic Dance Music, there is ample space even for those who want to jive to the thumping beats after a sip of the fizzy cocktail. One of the coolest places for families.
  • Couchyn The lounge bar at The Grand Hotel is rocking. The great music just takes you to the floor as you enter. And not to forget the wide variety of cocktails.
  • Ramada located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a 3 tier bar

Sleep

When booking keep in mind the area around Fort Kochi is quieter and more scenic than the rest of the city. There are quite a lot of tourists so prices are relatively high, but that’s still very cheap by western standards. Some of the heritage hotels are located here. Home stays are common.

  • Dream Catcher Home Stay, Vasavan Lane Road (Near Thamaraparambu Schoo), 0484 2217550 / 9746017881 (). Good home-cooked food, clean rooms, but host quite unpleasant. Will pick up from Bus/Railway station free of charge Rs. 600-1200.  edit
  • Green House Home Stay, Kunnumpuram Road, Njaliparambu, Fort Kochi, 0091-9895262296 (). Very nice and friendly home stay in a good location close to Princess Street (where Kumar has a shop, so try to track him down there if you can't reach him otherwise), which also offers a TV and a fridge in the common room/living room In high season doubles are around Rs500 (or more if you want A/C), whereas we paid Rs250 during the low season (May 2008).  edit
  • Leelu Home, Fort Kochi, Cheerans Ebenezer, Behind Fort Kochi Post Office, Quirose Street, '''Fort Kochi''' 682 001. (Hardly a 2 minute walk from the famous Santa Cruz Basilica), 0091-484-2215377, [13]. A recently renovated Victorian building in the heart of Fort Kochi. Cooking classes are conducted at the kitche every day from 11a.m. - 1p.m. and from 6p.m. - 8p.m.  edit
  • The Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, City, [14]. Formerly Taj Residency near the harbour with good views over the sea from some rooms.  edit
  • Madaparambil Tourist Home, Chittoor Road (near S.R.V. L.P.School, Ernakulum), 682 011 Ph: 0484-2367533.  edit
  • Maple Regency Hotel, Cannon Shed Road, Ernakulam, +91-484-2371711 (). Near the main boat jetty is well located, friendly place with a good restaurant Rooms are from USD 6.50 to 10.00.  edit
  • The Royal Kerala Boats, 304 - Lalan Towers, Marine Drive Kochi Kerala 682022India, +91 9 847153764, [15]. If you are traveling to Kerala and are looking for a place to stay, there is nothing better than a One night stay on a House Boat. The boats are build on traditional transport boats and have now been modified into luxury house boats with all modern amenities.  edit
  • Taj Malabar, Willingdon Island, [16]. On the tip of Willingdon Island is has to be one of the best located properties in Kochi. In its heritage wing, built in 1935, is full of Victorian interiors, while it's tower wing is more modern.  edit

Stay safe

Kochi is infamous for mosquitoes. [17] Stay safe from the mosquitoes by buying mosquito pesticides. And make sure any room you book has mosquito repellants or atleast a mosquito net.

Be wary of Private Line bus and KSRTC bus drivers on the roads. Pedestrians live a hard life especially during peak hours in Kochi.

Contact

Wireless internet through Tata Indacom is available at the Avenue Regent (approximately 110 RS/2Hr) on MG road. Internet Cafes are available throughout the city.

  • In Ernakulam District
    • Kallil Temple - an old Jain temple but now a Hindu temple is 13 Km from Perumbavoor.
    • Kodanadu - Elephant training centre.
    • Kuttanpuzha
    • Bhoothathankettu - A Dam, 8 Kms north east of Kothamangalam.
    • Thattekkad - Bird sanctuary near Bhoothathankettu.
    • Paniyeli Poru - The sight of river Periyar through the forests and rocks is an amazing sight. 60 Km from Kochi and 15 km from Perumbavoor. Its a stunning scnenic spot.
    • Iringol Kavu - a kavu - protected small vegetation area near a temple - of around 50 acres! 15 km from Perumbavoor
  • Idukki District is a hilly region with lots of hill resorts.on the way to Idukki are
  • Athirappilly waterfalls near Chalakudy,Thrissur
  • Munnar a hill resort in Idukki District is 130 km east.
  • Thekkady and other places in Idukki
  • Alappuzha is famous for House Boats, is 70 km away.
  • Kumarakom in Kottayam
  • For Detailed report and photos of route to Palani from Kochi thru Athirappilly - Valpara goto Kochi-Valpara-Palani
  • Lakshadweep is 5 day (seasonal) cruise from the Kochi port.
  • Cherai is some 25 kms away from Kochi city, near North Paravur and its beautiful with a nice beach and local cousine.
  • Alwaye is about 40 mins away from Ernakulam. See the Aluva Palace, Shivrathri Manappuram
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