Nerve center of Kochi city, Ernakulam is 60 km north of
Alappuzha. Venduruthy Bridge links Willingdon Island to Ernakulam.
Fort Kochi lies west of Ernakulam.
An important commercial town, Ernakulam has a large number of business and shopping centers. Ernakulam is home to several educational institutions of repute such as the Government Law College and Maharajas Government College. Cochin University of Science and Technology is located at South Kalamassery in Ernakulam.
The main attractions of the town are Marine Drive, Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Subash Park, Rajendra Maidhan, Anandhapuram Krishna Temple, Ambedkar Stadium, Paramara Temple and Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Art Gallery.
Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery is about 20 km away from Ernakulam. Ernakulam Junction Railway Station, and Ernakulam Town Railway Station located here are important rail junctions in Kerala and connects to important cities and towns in the country. Ernakulam Central Bus Station links major cities and towns in Kerala and South India.
The ferry stations: Boat Jetty - 1 km from the Ernakulam Junction railway station and High Court Jetty near the High Court connects Vypeen Island, Bolghatty Island and
Auto-rickshaws and local buses ply within the town. Ernakulam is at the crossroads of three highways:
National Highway 47 passes through Ernakulam, the
National Highway 17 starts at Ernakulam and connects Mangalore and
National Highway 49 begins at Ernakulam and connects Madurai.