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     Vallarpadom Church


          The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam-Ernakulam is a famous centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts of Kerala and outside, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of Mary, the mother of Jesus, popularly known as "Vallarpadathamma".

          Vallarpadam is situated next to Bolghatty Island on the west, and linked to the Ernakulam mainland via the new Goshree bridges.

          Vallarpadath Amma is believed to have miraculously saved her devotees several time from violent storms. The feast of Vallarpadath Amma is held every year on September 24 with much fanfare. The celebrations, which last for more than a week, are accompanied by an unusually big fair.


          This is an ancient Christian Church built in 1524. Portuguese merchants headed by Vasco da Gama enthroned this miraculous picture of Our lady of Ransom at the shrine. The church was dedicated to the Holy Spirit, which was the first of its kind in Asia. The beautiful church was however destroyed by a heavy flood in 1676. The church was re-established in 1676

          The famous picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary was erected by Portuguese who brought it from their native land. The picture is believed to have miraculous powers. The Portuguese built the first church on the site of the present church in 1524. It was destroyed in a flood in the late 17th century and a new church was built on the same spot in 1676. It was declared a special church by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 and in 1951 the Union Government declared it a major pilgrim centre. Built in 1524 by the Portuguese Missionaries, the Vallarpadam church is dedicated to the Holy Spirit.



 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(34.6 km, 1 hours 01 mins )

   Directions :

1. Head north on Airport Rd/Domestic Terminal Rd
           450 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
           180 m

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the right in 300 m)
           4.6 km

4. Turn left at Athaani Airport Jct onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Petrol Pump (on the left in 4.9 km)
           11.8 km

5. Continue onto NH 47/47C Slip Rd
           240 m

6. Turn right onto ICT Road Pass by Indian Oil Petrol And Diesel Pump (on the left in 700 m)
           6.6 km

7. Turn left toward Service Rd
           10 m

8. Turn right onto Service Rd 500 m

9. Turn left toward Kothad Bridge
           140 m

10. Continue straight onto Kothad Bridge
           1.1 km

11. Slight right at Toddy onto Chittoor Cheranallur Rd Pass by Centre For Taxation & Accounting (on the left in 600 m)
           750 m

12. Turn left at Vaidhyarethnam Ayurvedic Shop onto Chittoor Rd Pass by Cheranallur Service Co-Operative Bank (on the right)
           3.8 km

13. Turn right at Pachalam Jn onto Chathiyath Rd Pass by Mt Carmel Church (on the right)
           350 m

14. Continue onto Goshree Chathiyath Rd
           1.2 km

15. Turn right onto Goshree Rd
           2.3 km

16. Turn right onto Vallarpadam Church Rd
           240 m




 Nearest Railway station:

 Ernakulam South Railway Station

 Road :

 From Ernakulam South Railway Station to spot(7.1 km, 19 mins )

   Directions :

1. Head south on S Railway Station Rd
           150 m

2. Turn left to stay on S Railway Station Rd Pass by Tourist Land Tour & Travel (on the left)
           130 m

3. Take the 2nd right onto Carrier Station Rd Pass by Southend Residency (on the left)
           250 m

4. Take the 1st left onto Karakkat Rd
           160 m

5. Take the 1st left onto Chittoor Rd Pass by Lakshmi Vilas Bank (on the left)
           200 m

6. Take the 1st right onto Swami Chinmayananda Rd Pass by Santhigiri Inn (on the right)
           190 m

7. At Jos Jct, continue onto Durbar Hall Rd Pass by KSFE (on the right)
           550 m

8. At BTH Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Park Ave Pass by the park (on the left)
           900 m

9. Turn left onto Shanmugham Rd Pass by Ernakulam District Co-operative Bank Ltd (on the left)
           1.3 km

10. Continue onto Abraham Madamakkal Rd Pass by Office of the Advocate General (on the right)
           1.0 km

11. Turn left onto Goshree Rd
           2.3 km

12. Turn right onto Vallarpadam Church Rd
           240 m


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