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Churches in Kerala

With a history dating back to 52 A.D., the Christian population of Kerala is a sizeable one. The religion was established in the state when St. Thomas landed on the port of Cranganore near Cochin. With his dynamism and ability to reach out to the mass, he managed to convert a number of people including a large section of upper caste Brahmins. The first churches to be established in the territory of Kerala was also the handwork of St. Thomas, who established churches in seven places including Kodungallore, Palayur, Paravur, Kokkamangalam, Niranam, Chayal, Korakkeni, Kollam and a chapel at Thiruvankottu.

The Main Sects:

The churches in Kerala can be divided into two main groups, the Catholic and the Non-Catholic ones. The influence of St. Thomas is evident even today, with a number of these churches choosing him as their patron saint. The other patron saints include St. Paul, St. Peter, St. George, St. Andrews, St. Joseph, St. Augustine, St. Sebastian, St. Dominic, St. Michael, St. John, etc. a number of churches are also dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The Important Churches:

  • St. Mary's Church, Cheriapalli (2 km of Kottayam town)
  • Thazhathangadi Valiapalli (2 km from west of Kottayam town)
  • St. Mary's Church, Manarcad (8 km from Kottayam Town)
  • St. George's Church, Puthupalli
  • The CSI Cathedral Church
  • The Old Seminary
  • Marthoma Seminary
  • Vadavathoor Seminary
  • The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
  • St. Thomas Mount
  • St. Mary's Church, Kuravilangad
  • St. Mary's Church, Athirampuzha
  • St. Mary's Church, Kudamaloor
  • St. Joseph's Monastery, Mannanam (Near Medical College)
  • Kaduthuruthi Valiapalli (on MC Road between Ettumanoor and Vaikom)
  • Vimalagiri Church
  • St. Thomas Church, Pala
  • St. Thomas Church, Cherpungal
  • Aruvithira Church (11 km from Kottayam)
  • Pazhayapalli, Changanacherry (21 km from Kottayam town)
  • Puthenpalli, Erattupetta