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Top 10 Famous Churches To Visit In Kerala

Updated on May 8, 2014

1.Parumala Church

Parumala Cathedral is known after the saint, Saint Gregorious Geevarghese often known as Parumala Thirumeni. This cathedral is at Mannar in Kerala and belongs to the parish church of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Cathedral. Parumal chapel could be the tomb of St Gregorious Geevarghese.

In 1947 Gregorious was endowed as well as reported a saint by the Catholics of that time. The present religious organization has a capacity for 2000 followers. It is inside a spherical layout with a diameter of thirty-nine meters. The chapel is considered to have got wonderful power and many followers travel from every region to pray at this chapel.

2.Malayatoor Church

It is one of the important pilgrim centers and it is located in Kerala. Inside south India, it is thought that it was St. Thomas the Apostle who spread the theories involving Christianity within south India. This is one among the older places of worship and is dated to 52 AD. This particular chapel had been created simply by St.Thomas ,in fact it is situated over a hill. This specific place has been stated as an international worldwide pilgrimage center by the Vatican. As it is on the mountain top, climbing the hill gives a great expertise to the worshipers to get at the cathedral and also pray.

Locations Of These Churches

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A markerParumala Church -
Parumala Church, Chengannur Parumala Mannar Road, Mannar, Kerala 689626, India
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B markerSanta Cruz Basilica -
Santa Cruz Basilica Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Thamaraparambu, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
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C markerVelankanni -
Velankanni, Tamil Nadu, India
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D markerVallarpadam -
Vallarpadam, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
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E markerSt.Francis Church Kerala -
St. Francis Church Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
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F Church Edappaly -
St George Church, Palarivattom Road, Ponekkara, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024, India
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G markerArthunkal -
Arthunkal, Kerala, India
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H markerBharananganam -
Bharananganam, Kerala, India
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I markerMalayatoor -
Malayattoor, Kerala, India
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J markerKadamattom Church -
Kadamattom Church Bus Stop, Kochi-Madurai-Tondi Point Highway, Kadamattam, Kerala 682311, India
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Malayatoor Church

3.Velankanni Church

This really is one among essentially the most sacred churches for the Catholics across the globe. Velankanni is found at the beach of Bay of Bengal. It really is legendary for the shrine, Basilica that is committed to ‘Lady of Health. Many experts have proven since way back that Velankanni is recognized as the “Lourdes of the East”. It is considered that any time worshipers offer candle lights to the mother, their particular illness can be relieved as well as candle come in diverse forms similar to heart, lungs and so forth, in line with the condition a person has, they light the particular candle of this shape. This shrine is a good combination of multicultural, international and also religious faith.

Velankanni Church

4.Santa Cruz Basilica

One of the most ancient chapels inside India and was originally developed by the Portuguese in 1505. It was in 1558, it ended up being raised to a cathedral by the then Roman Catholic Pope, Pope Paul Four. The church is really at Cochin, Kerala. The Cathedral had been titled to Basilica simply by Pope John Paul II in 1984.The cathedral was spared, when the Dutch invaded and demolished other catholic structures.

5.Vallarpadam Church

This chapel is also called as “The Church of Our Lady Ransom”. This is a popular pilgrim centre. The church is committed to Mother Mary also known as Vallarpadathamma. The chapel was built in 1524 by the Portuguese, however was then ruined by the Dutch. The present church has been regained in 1676 and is positioned in Cochin, Kerala. A divine and holy church and it has been already announced as a significant pilgrim spot by the Union Government of India in 1951.

6.St.Francis Church

This really is one among the oldest Western Chapels. It can be located in Cochin, as well as appears as a possible proof for Christianity inside India. This cathedral identifies the fight of the colonies in India. In 1923, this church started to be a safeguarded monument.

7.Kadamattom Church

This church is an integral part with the Malankara Jacobite Orthodox Syrian Church. It is believed to have been founded in ninth century AD and built in Indo-Persian architecture. The cathedral has an Old Persian cross. The church is incredibly well-known, from a priest referred to as “Kadamattathu kattanar” who had previously been popular for his unnatural capabilities. The church along with the Poyedam Well is often a nicely traveler attraction.


The Saint of Arthunkal (Arthunkal Punyavaalan) pulls thousands of devotees from various religions. St. Sebastian's chapel is an important Christian pilgrim center. Arthunkal Perunnal, annual feast of St. Sebastian, occurs in the middle of the January. Based around the beachfront, this is a family refreshments center, too. Fishermen worship Arthunkal Punyavaalan for an excellent catch as well as risk-free sailing. A Portuguese sailor delivered a few sculptures of St.Sebastian to Kerala, and one of them is the deity here. Arthunkal is 25 km north of Alappuzha.


Bharananganam, 5 km from Pala, can be identified with St.Alphonsa, the first saint from Indian, who had previously been a pious nun. The remains of St.Alphonsa are entombed at the St.Mary’s Chapel, now a very well-known pilgrim center in the country with worldwide recognition. Countless numbers regularly visit this holy place shrine. The annual feast of St. Alphonsa is held in July every year. Sr. Alphonsa has been canonized as a saint on October 12, '08.

St.George Church

10.Edappally St. George Forane Church

Edappally, about 10 kilometers from the city, is famous for the St. George Church, one of the oldest and most well-known Roman Catholic Church in Kerala. The church, widely called Edappally Pally, was a little small before its development in 594 AD. In 1080 AD, a greater cathedral has been built adjacent to that old one to accommodate the congregation that has grown great in number. The church has been through many restorations since the time of the construction.

The Well

The water through the well next to the church is thought to have miraculous treating strength. Devotees consume the water as well as bathe their heads and faces. Several take it in containers. The believers furthermore take the soil from the church and take it to their residence. It really is believed that it will protect the believers from snake bites. Many have witnessed this miracle. One more specialty of this well could be that the waterline in the well stays two meter below the ground during the year irrespective of the seasons.

St.George’s Feast

The Catholic Church celebrates the actual feast of Saint George on 23 April. The particular feast of Saint George in Edappally Church begins on that day and lasts till May 15th.The feast at the St. George's Forane Church is celebrated on 3rd and 4th of May along with the octave on 10 as well as 11th. The flag is hoisted on 25th of April.


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    • sumitpatial profile image

      Sumit Patial 13 months ago from Chandigarh

      I visit Bharananganam what a nice place ....................

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Velankanni is not part of Kerala, it is in Tamil Nadu. Hope you will correct the mistake. By now I have covered four churches out of this list.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I am happy to note out of the above I have visited two churches, one in Velankanni, Tamil Nadu and the other one at Vallarpadam, Kerala. I wish to visit all the churches mentioned here. It is a nice hub and with impressive text and photos. thank you for sharing.