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Kerala tourism Guide

Malayattoor Church

Malayattoor Church

Located adjacent to Periyar River and on a hilltop, the shrine is a wonderful place to seek spiritual satisfaction. The weather is pleasant, and a large number of trees are located in the region. From the top of the hill, one can have a magnificent view of the small settlements surrounding Kurisumudi.

About Malayattoor Church

Since the church is located in the town of Malayattoor, it is known as Malayattoor Church. St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is recognised by the Vatican as one among the eight international shrines in the world. This church is one of the oldest church in India, and is the main attraction of Kerala tourism, beckoning tourists and pilgrims.

The church has various important relics of historical importance which attracts people from all around the world. The architecture of the temple is of Greco-Roman style, with the front of the church having a distinct Roman Catholic design. In addition to this, there are paintings and carvings in the inside of the church walls, depicting various important events in the life of Christ.

The church is situated atop Kurisumudi and receives many visitors, of various castes and religions. There are different ways in which devotees give offerings to the shrine of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the church itself has numerous rituals and services.

History or Myth

St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, set out to India to spread the Good News, as per the instructions of Christ. Upon reaching Malayattoor, he faced aggression from the locals and escaped to a hill top, now known as Kurisumudi. Later, the locals found a glittering cross sign on a rock, and blood spewed from the rock when it was cracked. They were awed by this and made the spot a place of religious importance. As this was the place where St. Thomas escaped to, the church was known as St. Thomas Church.

Tips or precaution

  • Have a look at various kinds of offerings that are given.
  • Seek spiritual happiness.
  • Visit on the first Sunday after Easter to witness celebrations.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Cochin International Airport is the nearest, and is located 15 kilometres away.
  • train
    Aluva station is the nearest. The major railway station is Ernakulam junction.
  • bus
    Can be easily accessed since it is located on NH 47. Various buses ply to the shrine from different cities of Kerala.

Highlights or specialities

  • Golden cross
  • Footprints of St. Thomas the Apostle
  • Church Architecture
  • Marthoma Mandapam
  • Water Spring


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