Believers carrying large crosses up a hill are common sights on a voyage to the Hill Shrine at Malayattoor where people offer their pain and suffering to God, in hopes of forgiveness and peace. The Christian community here owes its formation to St. Thomas the Apostle himself, and the Church built here in remembrance of him gives testament to the same. Located on top of the Malayattoor Hill, at a height of 609 m, in Ernakulam pilgrims flock here in large numbers to pay homage and seek blessings from the man who formed the bedrock of the Church in the sub-continent.
Malayattoor has always been famous for its natural riches,with the hilly area forming the perfect backdrop for all who seek solace and spiritual salvation. The Periyar River flows beside you and there are provisions at the Church which help you bathe in the beautiful river. Considered the largest pilgrim centre in the name of St. Thomas in India, its famous 'Malayattoor Perunnal' attracts devotees in large numbers. It is observed on the first Sunday after Easter, which is usually in March or April. A visit is not complete without visiting the legendary Marthoma Mandapam, where the relics of the great Apostle himself are preserved. A Golden Cross situated where the St. Thomas formed the sign of the cross on a rock, rock formations carrying his footprints, a chapel once attacked by giant elephants and an ancient spring where it is said that the great apostle himself quenched his thirst, are some of the magnificent locations here that will make your visit a memorable one.
Malayattoor Kurusumudy Adivaram
Malayattoor- 683 587
Ph: +91 484 2469008
Nearest railway station: Angamaly, about 23 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 22 km
Latitude: 10.196169, Longitude: 76.500692