The 9th century St. Mary's Church was built on land donated by the Brahmin family of Ettanasseri as thanksgiving for a male heir born to the family on praying to Virgin Mary. Leonard D'Cruz, a Portuguese sailor, brought the statue of St. Sebastian in 1687. The crucifix in this church is unique as it shows St. Sebastian without any wound.
The annual feast celebrated in honour of St. Sebastian is a big event with fireworks and illuminations. Votive offerings of gold and silver arrows set this event apart from other festivals. The church is located about 10 km from Kottayam town.
Church Timings: 0930 - 1300 hrs and 1530 - 1800 hrs
St. Mary's Forane Church
Kottayam - 686562
Ph: +91 481 2730 742
Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 8 km away
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 56 km away
Latitude: 9.668108, Longitude: 76.538286