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St Mary’s Church

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Considered to be one of the “oldest Syrian churches” in Kerala is the St Mary’s Church. This church dedicated to “Virgin Mary” is located in small village called Kudamaloor in the Kottayam district. This church is old and was constructed during the 11th century by Chempakssari Maharaja. Furthermore, this 400-year-old catholic shrine is known as “Mukthi Ammi”, and comprises of a beautiful painting of Jesus Christ. In addition, situated in close proximity to this church is a memorial honouring “India’s first Christian saint” known as St Alphonsa.


a. Best time to visit St Mary’s Church, Kudamaloor

The ideal time to visit this church is from October to February during the winter season when the climate is extremely “cool” with the mercury dropping to as low as 10 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach St Mary’s Church, Kudamaloor

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1. By train:

The closest railway station to this church is located in Kottayam at a distance of 6 km. The Kottayam Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the state as well in the country.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this church then the ideal starting points would be Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kollam, and Madurai.

  • Via Thrissur:

There are three routes from Thrissur to this church, and they are via NH544, via NH544 and Seaport Airport Road, and via Kodungallur-Shornur Road and NH66.

  • Via Alapuzzha:

There are three routes from Alapuzzha to this church, and they are via SH40, via Alapuzzha-Veliyanad Road and Kollam Theni Highway, and via Alapuzzha-Veliyanad Road.

  • Via Kollam:

There are three routes from Kollam to this church, and they are via Kollam-Theni Highway and NH183, via NH66, and via NH183.

  • Via Madurai:

There are three routes from Madurai to this church, and they are via NH85 and NH183, via NH183, and via NH744.

3. By air:

The closest airport is located in Trivandrum and Kochi. The Trivandrum and Kochi Airports are well connected to cities in the country as well as to international destinations.

c. Religious significance of the St Mary’s Church, Kudamaloor

There is no real religious significance or myth attached to the St Mary’s Church Kudamaloor. The only fact worth mentioning in relation to this church is that, it was built during the 11th century by Chempakasseri Maharaja in honour of Mother Mary and is popularly referred to as “Mukthi Amma”. In addition, in close proximity to this church lies a memorial that is devoted to the “First Christian saint belonging to India” St Alphonsa.


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