Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
- Genesis 12:7
Assemble at the Cochin International Airport. Meet our representatives. Proceed to Trissur by coach. Arrive Trissur by afternoon and check in hotel. Day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel. Proceed to visit Arthat St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral. Then move to next famous church, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Palayur. After visiting the church, we visit Kodungalloor Church, The Marthoma Pontifical shrine (Kodungaloor Mar Thoma Church) is considered as first church built by St. Thomas. The church is situated on the banks of the River Periyar. Next to Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro-Malabar Pilgrim Church and St Thomas Jacobite Syrian Church, North Paravur.
Lunch at Indian restaurant. After lunch, next we visit St. Thomas Church, Malayattoor. (Hilltop visiting is not possible because of the time limit). St. Thomas the Apostolate set up the church here which has been designated by the Vatican as one among the eight International shrines in the world. It is believed that St. Thomas held prayer at this church when he landed in Kerala. Then we move to St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church Edapally. This is one of the oldest church in India, built in 594 AD. Next to Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam. Overnight stay and dinner at Hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel. Checkout and proceed to Mattancherry. Mattancherry is one of the beautiful city in Kerala where various civilizations of the world have created significant impact which led to cultural and religious synthesis. The Portuguese followed by the Dutch and later on the British ruled the city and used them as their first trade hub till independence of the country. This beautiful city is surrounded by the Cochin backwaters. In Mattancherry we visit St. George Orthodox Church commonly known as Koonankurishu Pally, where the historical Koonankurishu Oath took place. The land has become sacred with the foot prints of the Persian Prelates, first Catholicos Mar Thoma 1. Next we visit St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal in Alappuzha. Alappuzha popularly known as “Venice of the East". The church was originally built by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. From there we visit St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Kokkamangalam. The church has a historical story that St. Thomas sailed to Kokkamangalam and converted 1600 people to Christianity according to the narration in "Rampan Pattu", an ancient form of Christian folk-song prevalent in Kerala. He formed a Christian community at Kokkamangalam and enshrined a Cross for the faithful. This cross was later cut off by saboteurs, and thrown into the Lake Vembanad, through which it floated up to Pallippuram, where it is enshrined.
Move to Kumarakom. Here we can taste the natural beauty of “Gods own country”. Also provides a Houseboat travel with Lunch. Then move to Manarcad St. Mary's Cathedral, is a Jacobite Syrian Church, a destination for people on annual pilgrimages seeking the blessings of the Virgin Mary. The church is one of the largest Christian parish in Kerala. Next we visit St. George Orthodox Church Puthuppally Pally. Proceed to Thiruvalla, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel. Move to Paliakara St. George Orthodox Church. Then we visit St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Niranam. Then we move to the famous St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Parumala. Parumala church is the tomb church of Saint Gee Varghese Mar gregarious or Parumala Thirumeni. He died on 2 November 1902 at the age of 54. The funeral was conducted at Parumala on 3 November 1902 in the presence of thousands of people and hundreds of priests. Many testimonies to the saintly intercession of Mar gregarious made Parumala Church and the tomb a Centre of pilgrimage.
Lunch at restaurant. Then we visit Nilakkal St. Thomas Ecumenical Church. Saint Thomas came here and preached good news and baptized 1100 people. Today there exist the Nilackal St. Thomas Church, Ecumenical center trust and the cross established by Saint Thomas the apostle. Move back to Thiruvalla. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast checkout from the hotel. Move to visit Kollam Church. In ancient time, Kollam was a famous harbor and trade center. According to local tradition, St. Thomas established a church near port is believed to have been destroyed by the Arabian Sea. Then we move to experience a boat ride in Ashtamudi Lake. Lunch from restaurant. Move to Trivandrum. Visit Trivandrum Zoo, Shangumukam beach. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast we move to visit Thiruvithamcode Arappally or Thomayar Kovil or St. Mary's Orthodox Church, is a church located in Thiruvithamcode, Tamil Nadu. It is believed by the Christian communities in Kerala that the historic Thiruvithamcode Arappally, also called Amalagiri church as named by the Chera King Uthiyan Cheralathan, was built by St. Thomas, known as the Apostle of India. It is believed to be the world's oldest existing church structure, and believed to be built by Thomas the Apostle in 57 AD, and is now declared an international St. Thomas pilgrim center.
After lunch proceed to visit Kovalam Beach. By evening proceed to Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, checkout from Hotel.
• One night Accommodation in Trissur
• One night Accommodation in Ernakulum
• Two night Accommodation in Thiruvalla
• Two night Accommodation in Trivandrum
• Entrance to all the above mentioned Sightseeing places
• Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• All transfers in A/C Coach
• Tour Manager from Mollyson Holidays
• Additional meals other than specified in the itinerary
• Food & drinks not forming part of group menus
• Laundry, beverages, telephone charges
• Charges for Candles for lightning in churches
• Anything which is not included in the “Cost Includes”
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