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Niranam, Pathanamthitta

Situated 7 km from Thiruvalla, this famous church is believed to be among one of the seven-and-a-half churches originally established by St. Thomas (52 AD) in Kerala. This church displays a marked influence of ancient temple architecture and is a renowned centre of worship for the Christian community. This is also the birth place of the poets and social reformers popularly known as the Karnassa Kavikal. The St. Thomas art gallery here has been built by an Ecumenical body known as Niranam Thomathu Kadavu Smaraka Trust. Phone: +91 469 2710137.

Niranam is also famous as the birthplace of a band of 14th century poets known as the Niranam Kavikal (Poets) or Kannassa Panikkars. They were renowned for their many translations from Sanskrit to Malayalam, the most illustrious being 'Kannassaramayanam', a translation of the epic Ramayana.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 7 km from Niranam  

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 119 km

Location

Latitude: 9.351174, Longitude: 76.520405

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