Ernakulam

 

Zone: Central Kerala

Headquarters: Kochi

Telephone Access Code: +91 484

Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea with Kottayam and Alappuzha districts in the south, Idukki in the east and Thrissur in the north, Ernakulam is a booming business metropolis. A fascinating mixture of the old and the new, the district comprises many interesting cities including Kochi (Cochin), the commercial capital of Kerala. One of the finest natural harbours in the world, Kochi, renowned as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, was once a major centre for commerce and trade. The British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch etc., have all come to its shores in search of exotic spices and sandalwood. Even today, Ernakulam continues the tradition of welcoming visitors with its customary warmth and hospitality.

Tourist information offices:

  • Office of the Joint Director, Department of Tourism, International Boat Jetty Complex, Ernakulam Ph: 2351015, Fax: 2355956
  • Govt. Guest House, Dept. of Tourism Ph: 2360502
  • Govt. of India Tourist Office, Willingdon Island Ph: 2668352/1913
  • Airport Information Counter, Dept. of Tourism, Kerala Ph: 2611308
  • Tourist Reception Centre - KTDC, Shanmughom Rd. Ph: 2353234 Fax: 2382199
  • DTPC Tourist Information Centre, Old Collectorate Bldg., Park Avenue Telefax: 2367334, 2383988 Mobile: 09847332200,
    Email: info@dtpcernakulam.com, Website: www.dtpcernakulam.com

Getting there

By road: Ernakulam is well connected to all major cities in India.  The KSRTC Central Bus Station is near the Junction Railway Station, Enquiry Ph: 2372033 Private buses operate from High Court Jn., Railway Station and Kaloor Jn. Tamil Nadu Road Transport Bus Station Ph: 2372616. Inter-state private bus services to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Chennai and Madurai:  Indira Travels, near Jos Jn. Ph: 2360693; Yesbee Travels, near Jos Jn. Ph: 2375080; Princy Tours, Opp. Sealord Hotel Ph: 2354712; Sharma Transports, Grand Hotel Ph: 2350712; Ashirwad Travels, Jos Junction Ph: 2367709

By rail: Ernakulam Junction Railway Station is the major station in Ernakulam, Ph: 131; Ernakulam Town, Enquiry Ph: 2395198; Aluva Enquiry Ph: 2624141

By air: Nearest International Airport: Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery (32 km from the city)

By water: There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam. The main Boat Jetty is 1 km from the Junction Railway Station and the other is near the High Court. Ferry timings (From the main boat jetty): Vypeen: Frequent services (1/2 hr journey) Mattancherry: Daily 6 ferries (1/2 hr journey) Fort Kochi: Daily 30 services (20 min. journey). First trip at 0600 hrs and the last at 2110 hrs Willingdon Island: Frequent services (15 min. journey)

Geographical Information

Altitude: Sea level

Area: 2408 sq. km

Population: 3,105, 798 (2011 census)

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