St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Cheriyapally

Cheriapally is located near Valiapally and is on the way to Kumarakom from Kottayam.

History behind its construction
At first, two groups of Christians, the Knanaya Christians and the Vadakkum bhagar (people from the northern side), used to worship at the Valiapally. Following a dispute between the two, the leader of the Vadakkum bhagar, Fr. Ouseph Kathanar, approached the Thekkumkoor Raja for grant of some land for building another church. The Raja granted his wish. Construction of the new church was completed in 1579.

The church is known for its peculiar architecture, a combination of the traditional temple architecture of Kerala and the Portuguese style. The large brick walls, granite pillars and the murals reflect the Hindu influence. The mural paintings depict both biblical and non-biblical themes.

Church feast
The feast of the church - Feast of St. Mary - falls on January 15 and is known as Vithukalude Perunnal which means ‘the festival of seeds’. It is observed to invoke the blessings of Virgin Mary upon the agricultural seeds.  Another feast observed in this church is the Feast of the Assumption of St Mary (Vaangippu Perunnal).

  Valiapally St. Mary’s Knanaya Church Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple  



Do you wish to add content or help us find mistakes in this web page? 

NB: You should not submit anything else other than addition / correction of page content.

For travel related requirements like accommodation, tour packages, transportation etc please click here.

District Tourism Promotion Councils KTDC BRDC Sargaalaya SIHMK Responsible Tourism Tourfed KITTS Adventure Tourism Muziris Heritage KTIL GKSF Vasantholsavam

Toll free No: 1-800-425-4747, 1-800-111-363 (within India only)

Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Park View, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695 033
Phone: +91 471 2321132, Fax: +91 471 2322279, E-mail:,
All rights reserved © Kerala Tourism 2017. Copyright | Terms of Use. Developed & Maintained by Invis Multimedia.