Mal: എറണാകുളം eṟaṇākuḷaṁ

‘Shiva’s Tank’   City/District,  Kerala

From Iraiyanar, the Lord (Shiva);  and Tam/Mal: kuḷam, ‘tank’, ‘reservoir’

Shiva is the patron deity of Ernakulam and the 4,000 sq km Ernakulathappan Shiva Temple is the city’s most important temple: it dates back to the Sangam Era.

Ernakulam, Kochi’s city centre, is the commercial capital of Kerala.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Kerala place names.


The Shipyard at Ernakulam (Kochi)

The Cochin Shipyard at Ernakulam (Kochi)        Cochin Shipyard