Ernakulam is a district of Kerala, India situated in the central part of that state. Spanning an area of about 3,068 km2, Ernakulam district is home to over 12% of Kerala’s population. Its headquarters is located at Kakkanad, a suburb of Kochi city. Ernakulam is known as the commercial capital of Kerala. The district is famous for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. The district includes the largest metropolitan region of the state, Greater Cochin. From ancient times Ernakulam district has played a part in the political history of south India. The Jews, Syrians, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kingdom of Cochin and left their impressions in the town. In 1896, the Maharaja of Cochin initiated local administration by forming a town council in Ernakulam. Initially Ernakulam district's headquarters was at Ernakulam, which gave the district its name; the headquarters was later shifted to Kakkanad. Places of Interest; Marine Drive, Kochi Enjoy a scenic view of the sea and the Cochin Port. Shopping can be done at the GCDA shopping centre. Two spectacular bridges have also been built along the shore. Boat rides are available.Cochin Jewish Synagogue Constructed in 1567, oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.Chinese Fishing Nets can be seen at Fort Cochin.Hill Palace Museum at Tripunithura. Paintings, epigraphy, furnitures of the royal family etc. are displayed.Bolgatty Island has a palace built by the Dutch in 1744 and a golf course.Willington Island: Formed from the sand deposited when Cochin Port was deepened, Willington Island has a naval base, a railway terminus a port and customs offices.Dutch Palace: Made in 1568 by the Portuguese. Later re-structured by the Dutch.St. Francis Church, Kochi: Originally built in 1503, the oldest European church in India Kodanad: Elephant training centre is located here.Pareekshit Thampuran Museum, a museum with memories of 19th century.Kerala Historical Museum: Located at Edappally, on the Aluva–Ernakulam road. Chendamangalam, a village that is the location of the Paliam palace, Vypeenakotta Seminary, and is also remarkable for having a Hindu Temple, Synagogue, Church, and Mosque, all within one kilometre of each other.Bhoothathankettu a scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest.St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Malayattoor: The only international shrine in Asia. Also believed to have been visited by St. Thomas, the apostle. Wonder La, Kakkanad: Cherai Beach.Kuzhippilly Beach. Fort Kochi Beach. Ezhattumugham: