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St. Thomas International Shrine, Malayattoor
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  • St. Thomas International Shrine is a famous Christian church, located at the top of a hill, which is considered as a holy hill by the Christians. The hill and the church is popularly known as "Malayat...  more »
  • The Christian pilgrimage centre blessed with the holy St Thomas onthe top of the hill is natural with its environment having much historical importance . The devotees climed the hill with peace and tr...  more »
  • Malayatoor us a must visit place for Christian pilgrimage in India. The climb will take about 45 minutes for a healthy person. The view at the top is nice with periyar river, airport being visible. Th...  more »
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  • Ideal place to do a duathlon or even a triathlon. Riding (bicycling) from Ernakulam is ~ 40Kms. Swimming must be relatively safe in the lake of Manappattuchira. The hiking of the hills (which is ~2km) is like running ~5k or even ~6k on a flat surface. The average gradient is 20% with a total ascent of 400meters and & the view from the top is awesome. Avoid when there is local festivals and you are mostly on your own in the spiritual town.
  • The church is built in the memory of St Thomas, it very beautiful place,also an well known pilgrimage center for Christan community.
  • This is the Entrance you have to walk all the way up in between the rocks to reach the Church 14 points
  • Church where i get peace. i visit there every year
  • Malayattoor is a village situated on the banks of the river Periyar and it is about 21 Km from Cochin International Airport. St. Thomas International Shrine is situated atop Malayattoor Hill, a place that is believed to have been visited by Apostle St. Thomas, disciple of Jesus Christ. The shrine as well as the path leading to it is surrounded by reserve forest and wild life sanctury. To reach the top of the hill, one has to climb a path strewn with large as well as small boulders. The path involves steep climbs at some places that some people especially the old and weak find hard to traverse. Persons having cardiovascular problems are advised to be cautious while climbing the hill. The hill top can be reached by climbing for about 40-45 minutes by a healthy person. There are 14 stations marking the Way of the Cross depicting the journey of Jesus to Mount Calvary and His subsequent crucifixion. Pilgrims visiting the shrine usually recite the prayers of 'Way of the Cross' in remembrance of the sufferings undergone by Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Atop the hill there is an old church, an ancient chapel that was damaged by elephants long ago, an open air auditorium often used to conduct Holy Mass during the festival time and a pilgrim centre. The annual feast of St. Thomas is held on the Sunday following Easter. There are simultaneous celebration in the main parish church (to which the shrine is attached) situated on the banks of river Periyar about 3 Km from the foot of the Malayattoor hill. During the 50 days of lent preceding Easter, hundreds of thousands of faithful from all over Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and other places visit the the shrine. During the lent season individuals as well as groups of people from far off places hundreds of kilometres away, walk their way to the shrine. Some pilgrims carry crosses while climbing the hill. The crosses are sometimes too heavy so that it takes more than 50 men to carry one such cross. The view from the top of the hill is panoramic. One can see the Western Ghat ranges on the east and the Periyar river on the other side winding its way to the Arabian Sea through the plains of Kalady and Aluva towns.