Kottayam

  • Kottayam is Kerala's religious Capital for Christians. Walk around the lively streets and enjoy a visit to the charming church that is St. Mary's Orthodox Church, without missing a visit to the two Syrian churches; Cheriapally, known as the 'small' church and Valiyappaly known as the 'big' church. A little under 2 miles southeast, you will find the Thirunakkara Shiva Temple, entrance to which is forbidden ...
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  • This church was built and sanctified in 1579 by the Portuguese with the help of a Hindu rajah. You can thus see the influence of the two cultures in its architecture.
    Rafal? Cichawa / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
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Kottayam is Kerala's religious Capital for Christians. Walk around the lively streets and enjoy a visit to the charming church that is St. Mary's Orthodox Church, without missing a visit to the two Syrian churches; Cheriapally, known as the 'small' church and Valiyappaly known as the 'big' church. A little under 2 miles southeast, you will find the Thirunakkara Shiva Temple, entrance to which is forbidden to non-Hindus.

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