Ernakulam Shiva Temple

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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage
5 / 5
  • Timings : 3:30 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Entry Fee : No fee
  • Distance from near by city 6.5 kilometers from Kochi
  • Trip duration (including travel in hours)1- 2 hours
  • Transportation OptionsSedan - AC (4+1), SUV - AC (7+1), Tempo Traveller - AC (12+1)
  • Travel Tips Maintain the dress code

Ernakulam Shiva Temple

Ernakulam Shiva Temple is also reckoned as Ernakulathappan Temple. This temple is one of the major temples in Kerala, and one of the best places to visit in Kochi. In the heart of Kerala, this temple is situated. The Ernakulam Shiva Temple is rare among the other Shiva Temples as in this temple Lord Shiva faces the sea towards the west. This famous temple is devoted to Lord Shiva.  


Ernakulam Shiva Temple is famous among the Kochi tourist places. The history of this temple is liked with the city’s history. The Ernakulam Temple was constructed during the Maharaja dynasty, and it was built in Durbar Hall Ground. This temple was one of the other seven royal temples of Kochi Maharajas, and the Cochin Devasom Board-Administration now governs that. In 1846, this temple was reconstructed under the aegis of Diwan Sri Edakkunni Sankara warrior. 

Architecture and structure

The temple was constructed with typical Kerala style of architecture. The temple is ring-shaped, and the walls of this temple are magnificently sculpted. The roof of the temple is covered with copper tiles, and there are two gates in the temple. For experiencing this tremendous beautiful artifice, don’t forget to add Ernakulam Shiva Temple in your Kerala tour package.

Ernakulam Shiva Temple dress code

Male devotees don’t have to cover the upper torso with clothes, and women can enter in any traditional dresses in Ernakulam Shiva Temple. 

Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival 2020 

The Ernakulathappan festival 2020 will start on 30th January, and it will end on 6th February. The Kodiyettam will be held on 30th January. 

Utsav is one of the significant and most prominent festivals in Ernakulam Shiva Temple. From December to January, this festival is celebrated in this temple with great zeal. On the first day of the festival, it starts with Kodiyettam. On the seventh day of this festival, there is Pakalpooram. On the seventh day, the deity is being taken outside of the temple with decorated elephants and Panchavadyam. This ritual finally ends up at Durbar Hall after the colorful fireworks. A pompous ceremony is organized on the last day of the festival. On the last day of the temple, the deity is taken to a nearby tank of the temple for the holy bath Kochi

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