Marine Drive is considered to be one of the most beautiful location of the Ernakulam city. It is also known as Shanmugham Road. The marine walk is the main hangout for the local people as well as the tourists as the view of the backwaters and the chochin harbor from here is amazing. During the night time the lights from the various ships anchored at the harbor is just breathtaking. There are number of beautiful buildings along the Marine Drive which are good
examples of modern architecture with the notable one being Taj Residency, Asoka Apartments on the southern end of the Marine Drive with a huge Namaste, the traditional greeting.
Marine Drive is the place for numerous shopping malls and that makes it an important center of shopping in in the city. You can find many popular fast food joints along the walkway. The Marine Drive walkway starts from the High Court Junction and to extend over the Rajendra Maidan and is laid down with black – dotted, red carpet ultra tiles.
Several boat jetties dot the walkway, which has two bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. This walkway is a lined with weather-proof seating, Cast-ironed and wooden benches and is an ideal place to sit back looking at the calm backwaters and relax on the many benches.