Hill Palace Museum
This is one of the major tourist spots in Ernakulam. Located around 10 kilometres away from the hustle of Ernakulam Town, this museum is one of the finest examples of heritage museums, and is the first of its kind in Kerala. This museum was constructed in 1865 by the Maharaja of Cochin and houses the royal collections of the royal family such as weapons, marble and stone models, coins etc. The Hill Palace complex comprises of 49 buildings in total, spread across over 50 acres of land area, built in the traditional architectural styles of the region.
Adjacent to the Hill Palace is a Deer Park, which houses several varieties of deer. The Hill Palace Museum is open to the public from 9 AM – 1 PM in the morning and from 2 PM – 5 PM in the evening.
Sree Poornathrayesa Temple
Tripunithura is famous for its temples and traditional architectural style. Of all the temples in Tripunithura, the most noted one is the Sree Poornathrayesa Temple, which is one among the greatest temples in Kerala. The main deity is Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy, and custom holds it that childless couples would be blessed with children upon worshipping this deity.
The temple consists of a two-storied gopuram with a mandapam (dais) and eight beautifully carved wooden pillars to support the mandapam. The major attraction of this temple is the Vrishchikoltsavam, which is one of the biggest temple festivals in Kerala, and is conducted in the month of Vrishchikam during November - December. The festival lasts for 8 days, featuring the traditional art forms of Kerala such as Ottanthullal, Kathakali, Thayambakam, Chenda melam and Kacheri.
The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of barely 25 kilometres, and located about 12 kilometres from Kothamangalam was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Salim Ali, one of the best-known ornithologist described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India. The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuary.
Athachamayam - A Festival of Generations
Athachamayam, a cultural gala that marks the beginning of the ten-day Onam festival in Kerala, is a rare chance to enjoy almost all the folk art forms of God’s Own Country. Athachamayam is conducted every year on the Atham asterism of the Malayalam month Chingam (roughly August/September), at the historical town of Tripunithura. The festival, which is celebrated to commemorate the legendary victory of the Raja (King) of Kochi, is also an occasion to witness almost all the folk art forms of Kerala.
Onam is the most popular festival of the Malayalees and can be traced to the primitive harvest festival and also to the myth regarding King Mahabali - the benevolent asura ruler who brought peace and prosperity to his country.
Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple
The Chottanikkara Temple is a famous temple of the Hindu mother goddess Bhagawati. The temple is located near Tripunithura and is one of the most popular temples in the state. In terms of temple architecture, this temple stands out to be an ultimate testimonial for the ancient vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) in sculpting this temple along with Sabarimala. The major festival of this temple is in the month of Kumbam (February - March). The famous 'Makham thozhal' also falls in the same month, on the Makham star day, between 2 PM to 5 PM.
Fort Kochi is a region in the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala. This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the south-west of the mainland Kochi.
Major attractions in Fort Kochi are:
- Indo-Portuguese museum
- Chinese fishing nets
- Fort Kochi beach
- Dutch Cemetery
- Southern Naval Command Maritime Museum
- St. Francis Church
- Santa Cruz Basilica
- Jewish Synagogue
- Mattancherry Palace
- Jain Temple
Wonderla Amusement Park Kochi
Wonderla Holidays owns and operates the popular Wonderla Amusement Park in Kochi, which was originally called Veegaland until it was re-branded in April 2011.
This park is situated on the top of a hill at Pallikkara, 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from the city of Kochi. The park was set up in 2000 and was designed by architect Joseph John.
Kodanad is a rural riverside village of Ernakulam district, Kerala. Kodanad is situated on the south bank of Periyar river. The village is a major tourist destination because it houses an Elephant training centre. In the 1950–60s, Kodanad used to be the largest of several elephant training centres for captured elephants from the adjoining forest regions. They were trained using Mahouts, specially skilled people also known as 'Paappaan' in Malayalam language.
In the 1970s, there was a ban to elephant capture by Government of India and from then on, Kodanad is primarily used as a rescue training centre.