The commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi, in Ernakulam, is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. On the coast of the Arabian Sea with Kumarakom and Alapuzha district on the South, Idukki on the East and Thrissur on the North, Ernakulam (Kochi colonial name Cochin) is located. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the gateway to Kerala with one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Kochi was once a major centre of commerce and trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch etc.
An hour’s journey by road to Cochin from Thodupuzha gets connected to Kerala’s most scenic and tourist hub – Idukki district, where Thodupuzha city is located and is considered as one of the best investment spots for investors around the world. Also, Munnar which is 1600 meters above sea level, a well known hill station (which was the summer resort of the British government in South India), gives reasonable choice for investors to grab best opportunities in natural habitat. Ernakulam is also considered as The Administrative Capital of Ernakulam district.
Thodupuzha is about 1 hour drive from Ernakulam.
By Air :
Cochin/Kochi (Airport Code: COK) has a world-class modern international airport, located 30kms north-east of the city, with regular flights to major cities in India. Cochin is also connected to Singapore, Colombo and all major cities in the Middle-East (Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah, Muscat, and Riyadh) by direct international flights making it the fifth busiest airport in India. The Airport buildings have been built in traditional Kerala architectural style. It is the first Indian Airport to be built using private investment.
By Rail :
Kochi and Ernakulam are connected to the rest of India by an extensive network of rails. There are two main Railway Stations in Cochin: Ernakulam Junction (main station) and Ernakulam Town. Many important trains start from here and many others from/to the south of Kerala stop at these stations.
By Road :
An excellent road network links to all major towns and cities in India. Three important National Highways (NH) pass through/start from Kochi, apart from many state roads. NH 47 from Kanyakumari to Salem passes right through the heart of Kochi while NH 17 to Mumbai and NH 49 to Madurai (in Tamil Nadu) start from Kochi. Just 72 kms from Thodupuzha and 136 kms from Munnar, private and public transport services are available to other major cities of South India.
There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam (Cochin). Regular boat services to places like Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala.
|Fort Kochi||Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala)||St. Francis Church||Fort Kochi Beach|
|Willingdon Island||Wonderla||Hill Palace, Tripunithura||Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi|
|Vasco House||Bolghatty Island||Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort||Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace)|
|Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary||Museum of Kerala History, Kalamassery||Parikshith Thampuran Museum||Cherai Beach|
For more details on Ernakulam could be seen in: http://ernakulam.nic.in/