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Tourist Places in Ernakulam, Kerala

CHERAI BEACH

Around two dozen kilometers from the industrial district of Ernakulam and to the side of the Vypeen Island lies every swimmer’s paradise, Cherai Beach. It is a favorite haunt of those looking for a relaxing swim with the backdrop of coconut groves being the added incentive. It provides a wonderful view of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheena Vala well. The nearby shacks provide you with fresh cuisine that fills you up perfectly after a delightful swim.

The seashells found here are unique and one often runs into dolphins in this area. It is the ideal blend of both the backwaters and the sea. The area itself has seen many new resorts and hotels crop up, which have facilitated the increase in tourist activity. Today it is amongst the most visited beaches in Kerala with a view that make it near impossible to tear yourself away once you get there.

BHOOTHATHAANKETTU

Scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. It is a popular picnic sport with Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near by.

FORT KOCHI

Fort Kochi, the western part of the Kochi city of Ernakulam district in Kerala. It is about 12 km away from Ernakulam Town. Fort Kochi has played an important role in the history of Kerala. Fort Kochi also has several attractions like the Santa Cruz Basilica. Fort Kochi also houses many historical monuments such as the St. Francis Church, the first church of Vasco da Gama, the Dutch Seminary, the China Vela and many others. The Indian Navy’s ship, Dronacharya, is located in Fort Kochi.

The Mattancherry Palace is close by. Fort Kochi was the first European township in Kerala. The Fort Kochi carnival celebrates New Year’s Eve every year. Thousands of people come to visit this carnival. The car rides and other festive events are also part of the carnival

HILL PALACE

Hill Palace, built in 1865, is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala and the administrative center of Cochin. The palace consists of 49 buildings in the local style of 54 acres and includes the Hill Palace Archaeological Museum, Heritage Museum, Deer Park, Prehistoric Park and Children’s Park. There are many medicinal plants around the palace. The Museum Hill Palace is now open to the public for days on Mondays. The Hill Palace is located at a distance of 14 km from Kochi. Hill Palace was built in 1865 by the Maharaja Of Cochin using his personal wealth.

The palace was handed over to the Government of Kerala by the Cochin Royal Family in 1980. The palace was taken over by the Archaeological Department of the Hill Palace in the year 1986. The famous Malayalam movie depicted various movies including Manichitrathazhu at the palace. The museum was opened in 1991. At present, there are 11 galleries. The museum has a collection of ancient artifacts, sculptures, coins, coins and materials belonging to Cochin Maharaja and his royal family.

ERNAKULAM SHIVA TEMPLE

Located in the heart of Ernakulum city in Kerala, Ernakulam Shiva Temple is one of the rare Shiva Temples where God faces sea towards west. Very popular as Ernakulathappan, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built during the Maharaja rule, the temple is located in the Durbar Hall Ground. The history of the shrine is linked with the history of the city. As per the legend, it was one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas but now it is controlled by administration of Cochin Devasom Board. It is one of the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala dedicated by Lord Parasurama.

MANGALAVANAM BIRD SANCTUARY

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in the city of Palakkad district of Kerala state in India.It is located in the heart of Kochi city and has an area of 0.0274 sq km. A large number of migratory birds visit this place. Spiders and bats are the main attractions here. The Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary which was established in 2004 is the smallest protected area under the state forest department. It is the only bird sanctuary in Kerala which is located in Mangrove forests. The word Mangal means mangroves in Portuguese. A survey conducted in May 2006 found that there are 194 birds in 32 species. The number of bird species recorded so far from this area is 72. In addition, 17 species of butterflies are recorded here. There are 51 different types of spiders

WONDERLA

The loudest, craziest, and the most amazing part of town. This simply is not just an amusement park, but a world of breath-taking charm. It’s a place to celebrate the smaller moments and share big wonders. Get on one of the 50+ exhilarating rides, or simply laze by the pool under the bright sun. But whatever you do, here, everybody gets a little closer. And that is why we are the Amazement Park.

There’s no better place to experience something new together. Make sure you check out our most thrilling attractions, our water rides, and land rides. Keep a keen eye out for timings of various other fun programs across the park – be it the next wave at the Wave Pool, or the next dance at the Rain Disco, or the next show at the Adventures of Chikku. Your visit should be a non-stop fun ride.

BOLGATTY PALACE

This is the oldest palace built by the Dutch outside the Kingdom of Holland. The palace was built by a Dutch merchant in 1744. Later, it was renovated with a magnificent lawn and a number of reforms. The palace served as the official residence of Dutch Governor.

In 1909, the palace was purchased by the King of Cochin for the English East India Company. The palace was the residence of British governors during the British rule. When India gained independence in 1947, the palace became part of the Bharatiya dynasty. KTDC This palace took over in 1976. Later it started to be used as a hotel. The magnificent palace is also home for the shooting of Malayalam films. In 2001, KTDC renovated this palace with a cost of Rs 5.1 crore

EDAPALLY ST. GEORGE FORANE CHURCH

Edappally, about 10 km away from the city, is famous for the St. George Forane Church, one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the State. The church, popularly known as Edappally Pally, was a small structure at the time of its construction in 594 AD. In 1080 AD, a bigger church was built adjacent to the old one to accommodate the congregation that had grown greatly in number. The Edappally pilgrim church was the richest Catholic shrine in Kerala. Due to the uncountable miracles of Edappally St George, the Catholic Church were deciding to elevate this miraculous Church to the status of a National Shrine Basilica.100000+ holy masses were conducted in every year in this holy land.

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