Cochin, 'Queen of the Arabian sea' is the capital of Eranakulam district. The city is built up on a cluster of islands and peninsulas joined by the bustling town on the main land, Ernakulam. Past entwines hand with modernity. Ruins of colonial days make the history a pervasive presence here. Cochin is the only metro in Kerala that is located on Central Kerala. Airport, harbour, oil refinery, public and private sector industrial units and hill- produce trading centres make the city the biggest commercial hub in Kerala. Geographically, the district with coastal, midland and high ranges is a Kerala-in-miniature. The urban district accounts for 8123-hector forest.
Tourist Spots
Bolghatty palace : A picturesque island with a palace turned tourist hotel, which was built in 1744 by Dutch Government.
Wellington Island : Airport, harbour and headquarters of several governments departments are on this island.
Museum : Evokes memories of 19 the century.
Synagogue : The jewel on Kochi’s physique, stands testimony to the tolerance and hospitality of local rulers of Kerala. Built in 1568.
Dutch Palace : A Portuguese contribution to King of Kochi in 1586. Named after Dutch when they rebuilt the palace later.Fort Kochi : The first foreign Church in India. Vasco De Gama was buried here; later remains were exhumed out and taken to Portugal.

Churches : Santhacrus Cathedral, Roman Catholic Church.

Thrippunithara : HillPalaceMuseum Edappally : History Museum Kaladi : 45 km from Kochi. Birthplace of Sankaracharya, a Hindu philosopher.Kodanadu : Elephant camp under Forest Department.Malayatoor : St. Thomas Church, Edappally St.George Church are pilgrim centres.

Air :Indian Airlines have direct services to Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Goa, Bangalore and Trivandrum.Rail : Ernakulam junction and Ernakulam town stations are important stations in South India. Many services start from Eranakuam.Road: City bus service, connecting various parts of the city and its adjacent areas. Private buses ply within the district. KSRTC bus station operates services to district headquarters in the state and all major cities in South India.Water: Islands are connected with the mainland via boat services. Mattanchery, Eranakulam High Court Jetty are the two boat terminals in the city.

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