Marine Drive – its beauty
|Marine Drive is one of the popular hangouts in Ernakulam city. Facing the serene backwaters with a walkway of about three kilometers, the place attracts a lot of local residents as well as tourists every day. The backdrop of the backwaters, with ships anchored at the harbour, is one of the main reasons for its allure.
The walkway is usually thronged by people in the evening and the view of the sun setting in the tranquil sea is a . At night, the place provides a picturesque spectacle with the light seeping out of the anchored ships. The cleanliness, sitting arrangements and the cool breeze from the backwaters are the other factors that draw tourists here.
The beauty of the place has been enhanced by two contemporary constructions – the Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. Childrens’ Park and Subhash Chandra Bose Park are also situated near Marine Drive.
There are various boat services from Marine Drive to take you to tourist spots like the oil tanker berth, the Cochin shipyard, the Bolgatty Palace, Mattanchery Jewish synagogue, Jew Street, Vallarpadom Terminal and so on.
Marine Drive, with its many skyscrapers and shopping malls, is one of the commercially thriving areas of Cochin. Corporate offices, quality restaurants, showrooms for international names and so on have found secured their place in the buildings adjacent to the walkway. Apart from being a shopping destination, Marine Drive has a number of apartments that are much in demand.
The boat jetty that operates ferry services to various islands is situated near Marine Drive.