ERNAKULAM - Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi, the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala, has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city.

One of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi, earlier known as Cochin has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings and structures representing different regions of the world. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is Kerala's commercial hub.

Kerala's prime tourist destination, it spreads across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and Backwaters. Its main sections: modern Ernakulam in the east and the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin on a peninsula in the west are linked by a complex system of ferries.

Prime Attractions of Ernakulam (Kochi)
Bolghatty Palace
Dutch Palace
Jewish Synagogue
Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Chottanikkara Temple
Cochin Carnival
Indira Gandhi Boat Race

Airport Information Counter, Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 2667874
Govt. of India Tourist Office, Willington Island - Tel: 2668352
Tourist information Officer, Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 2360502
Tourist Reception Counter KTDC, Shanmugham Road - Tel: 2353234
Tourist Desk, Main Boat Jetty - Tel: 2371761

KTDC Tourist Reception Centre -Tel: 091 - 484 - 2353234, 2362799 (KTDC Hotels and Resorts, Hotels, Accommodation, Official Website, Kerala Tourism, India)
Omega Travel & Tourist Agency, Tel: 091 - 484 - 2380417 (Oscon - Investment Consultancy,HR Solutions,Travel and Tourism,Software)
Greenland, Thevara, Tel: 091 - 484 - 2318088
Pioneer Travels, Willington Island, Tel: 091 - 484 - 2666148
Princy Travels, Marine Drive, Tel: 091 - 484 - 2354712
Tourist Desk, Main Boat Jetty, Tel: 091 - 484 - 2371761.

Places To Stay - Ernakulam (Kochi)
Choice Sea Side Hotel, Cantonment.
Centaur Tourist Home, M A Road.
Kamala International, S M Road.
Kavitha Tourish Home, S N Park.
Motel Aram, Kalliassery.
Omars Inn, Station Road.
Yatri Nivas (KTDC), Near Police Club.
Bharat Hotel, Ernakulam.
Casino Hotel, Willingdon Island.
Dwaraka Hotel, Ernakulam.
Ganam Hotel, Ernakulam.
Grand Hotel, Ernakulam.

Tourist Information Centres
Tourist Information Centre:
Government Of India Tourist Office, Willingdon Island; Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Tourist Reception Centre, Shanmugham Road.

How To Get There - Ernakulam (Kochi)
By Air
The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode, about 93kms south.
By Rail
Kannur railway station is an important rail head of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns up country as well as within the State.
By Road
Kannur is accessible by road.
Ferry service is available for travel between the island towns.
Local Transport
Taxis, city buses and autorickshaws.

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