Ernakulam refers to the eastern, mainland portion of the city of Kochi in central Kerala, India. The city is the urbanest part of Kochi and has lent its name to the Ernakulam district. Ernakulam is called the commercial capital of the state 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 kilometres towards the north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city has served as an incubator for many Malayali entrepreneurs and is a major financial and commercial hub of Kerala.