Ernakulam refers to the eastern, mainland portion of the twin cities of Ernakulam – Kochi in central Kerala, India, and is the most urban part of Kochi. It is the commercial capital of Kerala. The Kerala High Court, the office of the Corporation of Cochin and the Cochin Stock Exchange are situated here. Ernakulam was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. It is located 220 kilometers towards the north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
The name Ernakulam is derived from the name of a very famous temple of Lord Shiva called the Ernakulathappan Temple.