Ernakulam, the emerging business metropolis is located on the coast of Arabian Sea. This city is fascinating mixture of old and new. The district comprises many interesting cities like Kochi (Cochin) known as the commercial capital of Kerala. Ernakulam has one the finest natural harbor and is known as Queen of Arabian Sea. The Cochin Harbor is the major Centre of trade and commerce in South India. Traders from different parts of the world like British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch etc., have all come to this shore in search of exotic spices and sandalwood. Even today, Ernakulam welcomes the visitors with its customary warmth and traditional hospitality.
Ernakulam is well connected to all major cities of Kerala. Kottayam and Alappuzha districts are situated in the South, Idukki towards East and Thrissur lies in the North. The city is now known as the gateway for travelers who visits Kerala. Ernakulam compared to other districts in Kerala has a well-established International Airport which is also known as the first Airport in India which completely use solar energy for all its electricity needs. The city is rich with heritage places, industries, shopping malls, cinema houses, hotels and restaurants. Cochin is also known for the Chinese fishing nets, churches, spectacular backwaters and synagogues.
Ernakulam consists of 4 islands - Fort Cochin, Willingdon, Vypeen and Bolgatty. Fort Cochin is situated in seaward side of the bay, Willingdon Island is a manmade island, which was formed from the sand dug out for deepening the sea for construction of port.