Vallarpadam Church, Kochi (Cochin)

Admire an impressive white baroque fa├žade of Vallarpadam Church, a major pilgrimage center for Christians built on a lake island. Originally built in 1524 by the Portuguese and then destroyed by the Dutch, the present-day structure dates to 1676 featuring impressive square-based six story twin towers overlooking the Vembanad Lake. The basilica houses a picture of Mary and Jesus above the altar brought by Vasco De Gama as well as a shrine with a picturesque statue of Virgin Mary, locally known as Vallarpadathamma, carrying a toddler Jesus. Climb the steps leading to the top of one of the towers to get a panoramic view. Add Vallarpadam Church and other attractions to your Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary using our Kochi (Cochin) online sightseeing planner .
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  • This church have heritage value and deep history about miraculous intersession of Mary of vallarpadam . A british ship which was wrecked in a storm and saved by mother mary . As a mark of thanks givin...  more »
  • This is a very old church. Previously you were able to reach by Boat only, but now there is a road. The dont miss at the church is the 2 Pyramid structures and you can go up and see the Kochin city fr...  more »
  • Suitable place for believers. Might not be that worth for travellers with sight seeing mind. Main attraction is the peaceful atmosphere and interiors that pulls you years back.  more »

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