The Ernakulum district of Kerala is also its commercial capital. Named after the Ernakulathappan temple of Lord Shiva, the city attracts tourists due to its picturesque location. Situated on the banks of the Vembanad lake, the city is also home to churches, such as Angamaly Baslica and Manjumatha Basilica, and temples, such as Valanjambalam Devi temple, Ravipuram Srikrishna Swamy temple and the Muruga temple.
Other important tourist destinations of or near to the city include Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bolghatty palace, Paliam Palace, Cherai Beach, Marine Drive, Hill Palace archeological museum, Iringole Kavu, Mattancherry Synagogue, Fort Kochi and Children?s Park, among others.
Besides, Ernakulam is also famous for its boat races held in the backwaters, food festivals, temple festivals, Athachamayam elephant procession and many arts and crafts shows that are organized all around the year.