Fort Cochin & nearby attractions
Bolghatty Palace
Bolghatty Palace is situated in the narrow, palm- fringed island of Bolghatty, and is easily accessible by boat from the mainland. The palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch. Later, it became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin. Today, it has been converted into a hotel, run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Tel: 0484-2750600
Willingdon Island
A manmade Island created from the material dredged from the lake bed while deepening the Cochin Port. Regular ferry services on the lake surrounding the Island afford an inexpensive backwater cruise. The Govt. of India Tourist Office, the Southern Naval Command Headquarters, the seaport, naval airport, railway terminus, offices of the Cochin Port, the Customs House are all located in this Island.
Museum of Kerala History and Gallery of Paintings & Sculptures

The Madhavan Nair Foundation Museum of Kerala History is next door to the centre for Visual Arts and Gallery of Paintings & Sculpture. Set midst of swaying coconut palms at Edapally (10 km from Ernakulam) on the National Highway47. It is the home of about 200 original paintings of recognized Indian masters both contemporary and the past. It houses a large collection of modern sculptures in marble, bronze, granite etc. The Museum presents one- hour long light & sound spectacle of life-size concrete sculptures depicting important events in the history of Kerala.
Open: 10:00AM- 5:00PM
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Contact Tel No: 0484-2558296.

Marine Drive, Ernakulam

A popular place for an evening stroll. A walkway by the backwaters, lined with beautiful gulmohar trees and concrete benches on either side. There are two bridges on each end of the walkway - one in the shape of a rainbow and the other having the shape of a boat.

Hill Palace Museum – Tripunithura
Situated 12 km away from Ernakulam, it has a large collection of ancient artifacts, sculptures, weapons, manuscripts in exptinent scripts and a collection of royal household items, horse carriages, palanquins etc. The palace was originally the residence of the Maharajah of Cochin.
A deer park also is attached to the building.
Open: 9:00AM- 12:30PM: 14:00PM – 16:30PM.
Closed on Mondays and National Holidays.
Admission: Rs 11/- per Adult and Rs 7/- per children, Camera: Rs20/-
Video: Rs. 1500/-
Tel: 0484-2781113.
Cherai Beach
An important tourist spot on the seafront of the Vypeen Island 20Kms from Ernakulam. Ideal for swimming. Dolphins are seen occasionally near the sea shore. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves along the roadsides are added attraction.
Kalady (35 kms from Ekm)
This village is the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Advaita Philosopher of the 8th century. According to legends, a crocodile caught hold of him and refused to release him until sankara’s mother Aryamba permitted him to accept sanyas.
Malayatoor (47 kms from Ekm)
This mountain is a centre for pilgrimage to the Christians. St. Thomas is believed to have gone up the mountain and prayed to God at the peak of the mountain 609mtrs high.
Bhoothathankettu (51 kms from Ekm)
A picturesque haven situated inside a vast virgin forest, learning mythologieol legends, is a popular picnic spot. Close by there is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkadu.
Vamanamoorthy Temple

Inspirations from the 10th to the 13th century are found in this temple in Thrikakara, near Ernakulam.

Veega Land ( 15kms from Ekm)
Step into Veega Land, South India’s unique amusement park, and you are into a world of non-stop fun and adventure.
Situated on the top of a hill, this amusement park is designed to give ultimate fun extravaganza for everyone in the family.
Week Days Time: 10:30AM-06:00PM
Adults Rs 360/- Children Rs 270/-
Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays & Festivals Seasons: 10.30AM-07:00PM
(Adults480/- Children 370/-)
Address: Pallikkara, Kumarapuram P.O., Kochi – 683 565.
Tel: 0484- 2684001 to 2684007, 2684009
Rates & Timings mentioned above are likely to change without prior information.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (60kms east of Ekm)
The sanctuary is located on the northern bank of river Periyar in a tropical evergreen forest in the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain range. Spread over 25 sq kms, this bird sanctuary was once of the richest habitat of birds in India. In spite of recent developments and deforestation, this sanctuary is still the favored home to a large number of rare and exotic bird species.
Kodanad is 30 kms away in the north-east of Kochi nestled in the lower ranges of the Western Ghats on the banks of river Periyar. The wildlife reserve is famous for the elephant training centre, which is the largest one in South India. The establishment is also has a mini zoo. Kodanad is close to the St. Thomas church in Malayatoor.
Kodungalloor (Cranganore)
There was an ancient sea port at this place. It was destroyed by a flood which also led to the formation of a new harbor at Kochi. St. Thomas, the apostle, is believed to have landed in this port in 52 AD.
Cheraman mosque, the first mosque in India, built in the form of a Hindu temple, is also in kodungalloor.