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Updated by Auburn Silver on Oct 31, 2014
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Sneak Peek of Ernakulam – discover a jewel in Kerala

For relaxation, breathtaking scenery, history and culture Erunakulam in Kerala has so much to offer. To explore all the wonders that awaits you, take a sneak peak of exciting Erunakulam.

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Princess Street

Princess Street

Erunakulam is a historic paradise and boasts a number of Colonial structures that is very likely to sweep you off your feet! Princess Street is one such location. Adorned with age old European styled buildings this street constructed on the Fort of Kochi is one of the oldest streets in the city.

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Parade Ground

Parade Ground

The rich history and colonial power in Kochi is evident in many locations around Erunakulam. In fact the 4 acre Parade ground that still stands tall is one location where the Portuguese, Dutch and the British colonists conducted their military parades and drills. Today however the ground makes a popular sports arena and still stands as the largest open ground in Fort Kochi.

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St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church

In all of India, St Francis is the oldest European Church. Another monument from Erunakulams Colonial Era this church was built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars and was later restored in 1779 by the Protestant Dutch. In 1795 the British who conquered Erunakulam converted St. Francis to an Anglican Church.

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Bastion Bungalow

Bastion Bungalow

This is one typical Indo European structure found in the city of Erunakulam. Known above all for its pristine architecture, the Bastion building beautifully blends into the circular structure of the Bastion and portrays the typical tiled roof and wooden porch at the entrance. The Bungalow was constructed in 1667 and still stands tall and well preserved as a monument from the past.

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Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace

This is yet again another historic building in Erunakulam that was built in 1557 by the Portuguese settlers in the city and renovated again by the Dutch in 1663. The exterior boasts an immaculate architecture whereas the interiors are embellished with age old murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Within the palace are also housed Dutch maps of old Kochi, coronation robes of former maharajas of Kochi, royal palanquins and a number of age old furniture.

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Synagogue

Synagogue

A touch of Judaism in India, this 16th century structure is the oldest synagogue in all of the Commonwealth nations. Despite its rough history, the Synagogue still exhibits Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, 18th century hand painted floor tiles, a clock tower, scrolls of the Old Testament and ancient scripture inscribed on copper plates.

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Dutch Cemetery

Dutch Cemetery

There is an eerie yet enchanting look to this age old cemetery found parallel to the beach in Erunakulam. As it is the final resting place of soldiers who were killed between the 17th and 18th century, it is a popularly visited place in the month of November.

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Waterfront

Waterfront

To bask in the picturesque scenic appeal of Erunakulam the Waterfront is an ideal location. A place where one can take in a glimpse of the Kerala fishing culture, the water front particularly comes to life during dawn and dusk when the suns journey in the sky does wonders to the soul.

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Marine Drive

Marine Drive

This 70 feet road running along the famous back waters of Erunakulam is another highlight in the city. A place to bask in immaculate views of backwaters and the Fort Kochi beyond, this is also an ideal place to find a hotel in Erunakulam. In fact the Gateway Hotel Marine Drive Ernakulam is found just here.