Kerala Church Tour- 6 Days 5 Nights
6 Days Kerala Christian Tour
Tripenticer offers exclusive Kerala Christian Pilgrimage tours for all tourists travelling to Kerala. It is a unique opportunity to understand one of the vibrant Christian community that exists in Kerala and their Christian religious practices. Kerala can be considered as the cradle of Christianity in South India due to such immense followers and Christian faith that prevails.
The existence of traditional Christian community in Kerala was rooted back in AD 52 with the arrival of St. Thomas in Kodungalloor. This marked the beginning of Christianity in Kerala. Since then, Christianity was a part of the religious faith of Kerala and this led to the origin of several Christian churches and Christian heritage sites throughout the state.
We, at Tripenticer, are providing you one of the finest opportunities to visit Kerala and understand Christianity through our Christian Pilgrimage Tour Packages. This package is of duration of six days. It starts and ends at Cochin. All the famous churches across Kerala are covered in this exclusive package and hence, it is a golden opportunity for those Christian devotees & believers for a memorable pilgrimage. Our six days Kerala Christian Pilgrimage tour is designed by our staffs due to increasing demand of tourists wanting to witness the Christian roots of Kerala. It is an opportunity never to be missed on!
Visit and pray in Popular Churches in Kerala, Christian Heritage sites & interact with the Christian Community and experience the Christian Culture, lifestyle etc through our Kerala Christian pilgrimage package exclusively offered by Tripenticer.
Destination covered are: - Cochin Airport - Kodungalloor St. Thomas Shrine - Blessed Mother Mariam Theresia Pilgrim Centre -Saint Euphrasia - Ollur Shrine -Holly Land Replica in St Marys Church Chalakudy, Puthenpally Thrissur - Bharananghanam St.Alphonsa - Mannanam St. Chavera - Edappally – Cochin.
(The cost includes :- 6 Days AC transportation, fuel, Drivers bath +5 accommodations with Bf + sightseeing prescribed in the itinerary).
Day 01: - Holy land Imitation |Rosary village | Blessed Mariam Theresia
Reception at Cochin Airport/ Thrissur/ Chalakudy/ Railway station. You will be welcomed by Tripenticer staff. You will then be transferred to the Hotel.
The trip starts by visiting Holy land Imitation in Chalakudy. It is a scaled sculpture of Holy land of Christ set up behind the ancient St. Forana church with idols, art works, pond etc giving you a devotional presence of Christ.
Move to Rosary village at St. Marys Church, Koratty. It is a part of the famous Korattymuthy Marian Pilgrimage shrine. It is definitely one of its kind architecture and atmosphere.
Move to visit Blessed. Mariam Theresia at Kuzhikkattussery Pilgrim Centre, Mala. She is famous for her vision of - In everything, sacrifice your selfishness
Evening visit to St Francis Xaviers Church at Samabaloor. (Optional)
Night Stay & leisure at Chalakudy.
Day 02:- Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine Kodungallur - Arrival point of St Thomas
Second day starts by visiting Mar Thomas Pontifical shrine (St Thomas Church) which is a major pilgrim centre of Christians.
Located near River Periyar close to starting of Arabian sea, it is known for the arrival of apostle of Christ, St. Thomas in Kodungalloor on November 21 st , AD 52. He rooted the faith of Christianity and spread the message of Jesus Christ & his salvation across Kerala, marking the beginning of Christianity in Kerala. The holy relic bone of the right arm of St. Thomas from Italy is present in the church due to its religious & marked historic significance for the believers.
Palayur Church, the first Christian church in India.
Move to visit Palayur, The apostle St. Thomas after his arrival in Kodungallor travelled to Palayur where the establishing of the first Christian community and church took place in India.
This church still remains with originality and the believers have not failed to keep its history faith alive. The new cross consists of the original cross inside. Also, Palayur church is one among the seven and a half churches founded by St. Thomas. The church has regular services and prayers where you can join and consists of a museum, a book stall, sculptures representing several miracles done by St. Thomas. Thaliakulam pond is also open for tourist visit.
Our lady of Dolour’s Basilica (PuthenPally) & Bible Tower.
This is famous destination to be covered as it is one of the biggest and tallest Catholic Basilica Church existing in India. It was constructed in Indo-Gothic style.
The Bible Tower, which is the bell tower of Basilica church is located behind the church. It is built at a height of 80 meter. The decoration and architecture of the Bible Tower displays the life and significant events of Christ. An entry fee of Rs. 20 is charged and the facility of using lift is available for visit.
Day 03: - Saint Euphrasia' Tomb - Ollur Shrine | Malayattoor Church | St. Alphonsa, Bharananganam
The day starts by driving you to the famous Saint Euphrasia Tomb.
St. Euphrasia is the fourth saint from India and was an Indian Carmelite nun. Canonised as a saint on November 24 th by Pope Francis, her feast is celebrated every year on August 30 th . Her tomb is famous now as a pilgrimage site due to the occurrence of miracle by witnesses.
Malayattoor Church which is a famous Christian pilgrim Heritage
After that, move to Malayattoor, located near Cochin at a distance of 47 Kms.
Reportedly, thousands of devotees come to visit this church annually to do penance in the Holy week of Christianity. A church established by St Thomas is present at the top of the hill. One has to climb 3 kms up the mountain to visit the church and there is a golden cross, covered with concrete cross at the top of this hill where St. Thomas is believed to pray. Move to St. Alphonsa, Bharananganam.
Evening visit to St. Alphonsa, Bharananganam.
St Alphonsa is the first Saint from India. Here you can visit the Tomb of St Alphonse. St. Alphonsa is an Indian religious nun who died at the age of 36 and was buried at St.Marys Catholic Church, Bharananganam, Kottayam District in the Diocese of Palai.
Canonized in 12 October 2008 and her Feast is conducted every year at 28 July. Reports of hundreds of miraculous cures are known through her intervention. Plenty of tourists and pilgrims visit her tomb every year.
Stay at hotel in Kottayam. Marks the end of Day
Day 04: - Mannanam- St. Chavera Kuriakose – St. Josephs Church |
Morning visit to Mannanam of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
He laid the foundation stone of the institution CMI, on 11 May 1831.The establishment of the first printing press and Deepika newspaper started from here with the guidance of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, C.M.I. was a Catholic priest, belonging to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and died on 3 January 1871.
He was Canonized in 23 November 2014. He was a great social worker and his life remains as an extraordinary example to the utmost and deepest faith in Jesus Christ.
Move to St. Mary’s Forane Church at Champakulam.
Champakulam church is one among the oldest church in India. It is situated in Alappuzha district, Kerala. It was built in AD 427, on the bank of the Kuttanaden back water presenting a breath-taking view. It is renovated with time and hence, the church may not look old at sight. Every year the church celebrates feast on 3 rd Sunday of October.
Boating in Vembanadu Backwaters – (Optional)
An opportunity to explore Kerala backwaters with Shikkara Boating. Shikara Boats are available to tourists for a fun & relaxing backwater cruise. A backwater cruise of one to two hours can bring a peaceful atmosphere to your mind. Kerala backwaters are a beauty of its kind and should never be missed!
Day 05: Edathua St. George Forane Church | Arthunkal St. Andrews Forane Church | Vechoor Church
The day starts by visiting the famous St. George church, Edathua.
St. George Forane church is built in the village of Kuttanad, Alappuzha district of Kerala.This church was constructed in the year of 1810 and is dedicated to St. George. It is one of the main attractions in the backwaters of Alleppey.
It is an old and well-known church among believers to cure snake related issues called as Sarpa Dosham in South India. It is believed popularly that praying in St. George church can cure mental disorders and many other ailments as well.
Move to St. Andrew’s Church, Arthunkal.
Located in the coastal area of Kerala, it a renowned pilgrimage church. St. Andrews Basilica and St. Sebastian International Shrine in Arthunkal is established by Portuguese missionaries in the sixteenth century. It was renovated in 1584 and is considered as the largest shrine of St. Sebastian across the world.
Day 06: - Fort Cochin Churches
On the last day of the trip, we will take you to Edapally church and churches in Fort Cochin. On the last part of your tour, we will drive you to Fort Cochin to visit the first European settlement in India. Later on, visit Francis Xavier’s Church, Santa Cruise Basilica. At the end,
St Georges Church Edappally
visit St. George church in Edapally.
Drop to Cochin airport / Ernakulam Railway station. The Journey mark its end at 6 pm. Transportation by AC Car / TT/ Luxury Bus