Ernakulam is the first ‘Child-friendly’ district in India
Ernakulam District has the largest number of industrial units in Kerala. Ernakulam Aluva belt is a major industrial zone.
The first Stock Exchange of Kerala began to function at Kochi in 1978.
The port of Kochi is known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.
Vasco da Gama’s body was first buried in St. Francis Church, Kochi.
The seat of the High Court of Kerala is at Ernakulam.
Cochin port is the only major port in Kerala.
Robert Bristo is the man behind the construction of the modern port of Kochi.
Shanmugam Chetty, the first finance minister of India called Kochi as ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’.
Pallippurama fort built by Portuguese in 1503 is the first European fort in India.
Mangalavanam, the famous Bird Sanctuary situated in the heart of the Cochin city.
First successful heart transplantation in Kerala was held at Medical Trust Hospital by Dr. Jose Chacko Periapuram.
Kochi is the first e-port in India.
Ernakulam is the first fully literate district in India (1990)
Kumbalangy is the first tourist village in Kerala.
Speed post system was firstly introduced in Ernakulam.
Vallarpadam Terminal is the first International Container Transhipment Terminal of India.
First floating ATM in India is established in Kochi by SBI.
First multiplex theatre in Kerala in at Kochi.
First Rubber park in India is at Irapuram.
India’s first child-friendly district is Ernakulam.
First tourism police station in India is located at Mattancherry in Ernakulam.
The first milk ATM in Kerala is in Ernakulam.
The highest rainfall in Kerala is recorded in Neryamangalam in Ernakulam.
First Digital Panchayat – Pampakkuda
Brahmapuram Diesel Power Station is located at Ernakulam District.
The headquarters of Southern Naval Command is at Kochi. The Naval training centres Venduruthy, Dronacharya and Garuda are at Kochi.
The only man-made island in Kerala, Wellington island is in Ernakulam District. It was made with the soil removed for deepening the Kochi port.
The major attractions of the district are Kalady, the birthplace of Sankaracharya, Kerala Historical Museum at Edappally, HMT at Kalamassery, Oil Refinery at Ambalanugal, Shipbuilding unit at Kochi, the bank of Periyar at Aluva where the Sivarathri festival is conducted Elephant training centre at Kodanad, and the famous Christian Pilgrim Centre Malayattoor and Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry.
The Headquarters of Kerala Press Academy, Cardamom Board, Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation and Travancore – Cochin chemicals are in Ernakulam.
Udayamperur, the place where the Synod was held in 1599, is in Ernakulam District.