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     Malayattoor Church


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          Malayattoor is a village in the North Eastern corner of Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala in South India. The name `Malayattoor' is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.


          St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ arrived Kerala in A.D 52. He travelled from Palestine to India with some traders and landed at Kodungallur, which was a port in Arabian Sea at that time


          St. Thomas is believed to have landed in Kerala at Kodungallur (Cranganore) in AD 52. Oral tradition says that while travelling through Malayattor, faced with hostile natives, he fled to the hilltop where he is said to have remained in prayer and that he left his foot prints on one of the rocks. According to beliefs, during prayer, he touched a rock, upon which blood poured from it. The chief festival is on the first Sunday after Easter. It is traditionally believed that St. Thomas used to make the Sign of the Cross on the rock, kiss it and pray at Kurisumudi.


 

          The story has it that a miraculous golden cross appeared at that particular spot. Pilgrims going up the hill to call out incessantly "Ponnum Kurishu Muthappo, Ponmala Kayattom", meaning "O Patriarch of the Golden Cross! Climb we shall, this golden hill!" This Shrine was promoted to Archdiocesan status by Archbishop Mar Varkey Vithayathil on 4 September 1998. There is also a very ancient Church in the name of St Thomas (Estd. 900) at Malayattoor on the bank of Periyar River which serves as the parish Church at present. The annual festival of this church is known as 'Malayatoor Perunal' and it is celebrated in the months of March–April.







     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(21.6 km, 36 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 3rd exit
           170 m

4. Turn right onto Airport Rd Pass by Bharath Petroleum Outlet (on the left in 500 m)
           2.5 km

5. Turn right to stay on Airport Rd Pass by Kathi Ambalam (on the left in 1.5 km)
           2.2 km

6. Slight right at St George Jacobite Church onto Main Central Rd
           22 m

7. Slight left at Union Bank of India ATM onto Mattor - Kaippattoor Rd Pass by Enchackal Jct (on the left in 1.5 km)
           2.0 km

8. Turn left at Kaippattoor onto Kalady Manjapra Rd Pass by Government Ayurvedic Dispensary Kalady Panchayat (on the right in 1.6 km)
           3.6 km

9. Turn right at Chandrapura Jct onto Angamaly Manjapra Rd
           50 m

10. Continue onto Neeleeswaram - Naduvattom - Chandrapura Rd
           1.6 km

11. Turn left at Naduvattam onto Plantation Road Pass by Naduvattom Forest Check Point (on the left in 1.1 km)
           8.2 km

12. Turn right onto Pandupara - Illithodu Rd
           300 m

13.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Angamali Railway Station

 Road :

 From Angamali Railway Station to spot(19 km, 35 mins )


   Directions :



1. Head north-east on Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by M. D. Esthappan (on the left)
           1.3 km

2. Turn right at Municipal Shopping Complex onto Main Central Rd Pass by Children's Clinic and Eye Clinic (on the right)
           230 m

3. Turn left toward Angamaly-Manjapra Rd
           400 m

4. Turn right at AVENIR SOLUTIONS onto Angamaly-Manjapra Rd Pass by Petrol Pump (on the left in 2.6 km)
           7.4 km

5. Continue onto Neeleeswaram - Naduvattom - Chandrapura Rd
           1.6 km

6. Turn left at Naduvattam onto Plantation Road Pass by Naduvattom Forest Check Point (on the left in 1.1 km)
           8.2 km

7. Turn right onto Pandupara - Illithodu Rd
           300 m

8.Spot



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