Churches in the Kottayam Area
One of the many Churches seen on Kanjurapally - Thodupuzha route
A drive through Kanjirapally, Mundakayam and Thodupuzha would have one pass by quite a few architecturally attractive churches that are significant to the local community and some even relevant from Christian pilgrimage perspective.
Old Syrian Seminary, a prominent religious institution belonging to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and a seminary for aspiring priests for Syrian Christians in Kerala, is located in Chungam, Kottayam.
The Cheria Pally, an ancient Church belonging to the Malankara Orthodox Church is a well-preserved church with wall murals dating back to ancient times.
Valia Palli has Persian inscriptions and a stone cross and belongs to the Knanaya Jacobite Church.
St. George Church, Puthupally, and the Vakathanam Palli are two ancient churches frequented by pilgrims.
Cherpunkal Church is a famous Church in the name of Infant Jesus and visited every First Friday.
St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Manarkadu is another very important and famous Christian church in Kottayam. This church is located at Manarcadu, near Kottayam.
The mortal remains of Saint Alphonsa, the first women saint from India is kept in a chapel in Bharananganam is currently considered to be a major Christian pilgrimage in India.
The Syrian Christians of Kottayam are popularly known as Achayans, who are wealthy and forward thinking and churches also reflect the wealth and opulence. On a Sunday one can them see hundreds of cars around these Churches where local community gather for prayers.