From Ancient Times The Kerala has been the place of origin for many major religious of the Indians,so that’s why Kerala has been described by philosophers and historians as God’s Own Country’. It seems true when one looks at the number of places of worship and pilgrimages situated here. Feel the spirit of goodness, happiness and the joy of life percolate into you during your tours to the pilgrimage destinations located in Kerala.Devotion to Gods and religion is a significant aspect of the lifestyle of traditional Indians.Hindu pilgrimage tours or ‘Tirtha Yatras” are considered an important way of attaining the salvation.
Some of the popular pilgrimage destinations in Kerala, South India are the Attukal Bhagavathy temple (Trivandrum) that is referred to as the Sabarimala of women, Guruvayoor temple (Trichur) is known as the Kasi of South India. Go on pilgrimage tours to the Chettikulangara temple in Alappuzha, Sree Krishna temple, Mannarasala temple at Harippad, various temples devoted to Lord Subramani.we are Giving the full details.
Pick up from Kochi International Airport/Rly. Stn, drive to Guruvayoor, visit Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Mammiyoor Temple, Anathavalam (Elephant park), on the way sight seeing, and overnight stay in hotel at Guruvayoor.
Check out from hotel and drive to Kochi, on the way sight seeing, visiting Kodungallur Bagavathy temple, Chottanikara Bagavathy temple, Tripoonithura temple, St. Francis church, Fort Kochi, St. George church, Edapally, St. Thomas church, Malayattoor etc., local sight seeing and overnight stay in hotel at Kochi.
Check out from hotel and drive to Kochi international Airport/Rly. Stn, for drop, on the way sight seeing, local purchase if any
Pick up from Kochi International Airport/Rly. Stn, drive to Alleppey, on the way sight seeing, visiting temples on the way and overnight stay in hotel.
Local sight seeing of Alleppey, Mullackal Bagavathy temple, Kidangamparamb Temple, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Swamy temple, Karumadi kuttan, Chakkulathu Kavu Bagavathy temple, Mannarasala Nagaraja temple, St. Sebastian's church, Arthunkal, St. George church, Edathua etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Kochi international Airport/Rly. Stn, for drop, on the way sight seeing, local purchase if any.
Pick up from Trivandrum International Airport/Rly. Stn, drive to hotel, on the way sight seeing, visiting Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple, Aattukal Devi temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy temple, Sreekandeswaram Shiva temple, Hanuman temple, Palayam church, Beemapally, Christ the King church, Vettukadu etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Kanyakumari, visiting temples on the way like Neyyatinkara Krishna Swamy temple, Kanyakumari Devi temple etc., and overnight stay in hotel at Kanyakumari.
Check out from hotel after watching sunrise and drive to Kovalam, on the way sight seeing/visiting temples like Aazhimala temple, Chowara Sastha temple, Thiruvallam Parasurama temple etc., and overnight stay in hotel at Kovalam.
Check out from hotel, on the way sight seeing, local purchase if any and drop at Trivandrum International Airport/Rly. Stn, for drop.
Pick up from Kochi International Airport/Rly. Stn, drive to hotel, on the way sight seeing, visiting pilgrim centres like Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis church, Mattamcherry plalce, Jain temple etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Local sight seeing of Kochi, boat ride through lake, visiting pilgrim centres, Chinese fishing nets, watching cultural programmes etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Guruvayoor, on the way visiting pilgrim centres like Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Mammiyoor Temple, Anathavalam (Elephant park) etc., and overnight stay in Guruvayoor hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Wayanad, on the way sight seeing, boating through Pookodu Lake etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Mangalore, on the way visiting pilgrim centres, Bekkel fort etc., and overnight stay in hotel at Mangalore.
Check out from hotel, local sight seeing of Mangalore and drop at Mangalore Airport/Rly Stn., for drop.
Pick up from Trivandrum International Airport/Rly Stn, and drive to Kovalam, on the way sight seeing and overnight stay in Kovalam Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Trivandrum city for visiting pilgrim centres like Padmanabha Swamy temple, Aazhimala temple, Thiruvallam Parasurama temple, Palayam church etc., sight seeing like Veli tourist village, Sree Chithira Art Gallery, Museum, zoo etc, and overnight stay in Kovalam hotel.
Check out from hotel, drive to Kanyakumari, on the way visiting pilgrim centres like Neyyatinkara Krishnaswamy temple, Kanyakumari Devi temple, Vivekananda rock, sunset at Kanyakumari etc., on the way sight seeing and overnight stay in Kanyakumari hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Madurai, on the way visiting pilgrim centres like Madurai Meenakshi temple,Tirumalai Naikar Mahal, Gandhi museum etc., sight seeing and overnight stay in Madurai hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Rameswaram, on the way sight seeing, visiting pilgrim centres like Sree Ramanantha Swami temple, Kothanda Ram swami temple, Gandthmadana parvatham etc., and overnight stay in hotel at Rameswaram.
Check out from hotel and drive to Trichy (Tiruchirapally), on the way sight seeing and visiting pilgrim centres and overnight stay in hotel at Trichy.
Local sight seeing of Trichy, visiting pilgrim centres like Rock Fort temple, Vinayaka temple etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Thanjavur, on the way sight seeing, visiting pilgrim centres like Sri Rangam Vaishnavi temple, Sri Brahadeeswara temple, Schwartz church etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Palani, on the way sight seeing, visiting pilgrim centres like Subramoniya temple etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel and drive to Kodaikanal, on the way sight seeing, boat ride through lake etc., and overnight stay in hotel.
Full day sight seeing of Kodaikanal and visiting pilgrim centres and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel, drive to Coimbatore, on the way sight seeing, local purchases if any and overnight stay in hotel.
Check out from hotel for drop at Coimbatore Airport/Rly. Stn.
This church which is dedicated to St.Thomas the Apostle for India, is one of the most famous Church in Kerala and is situated about 20 kms from Cochin International airport. The main festival of this church is conducted on the first Sunday after Easter. The holy shrine at Malayatoor attracts devotees in very large numbers not only from Kerala but also from its neighbouring states. This famous Malayatoor church is situated at Kurisumudi, a verdant hill in the Western Ghats girdled partially by the river Periyar. The Church has a statue of St. Thomas and the imprint of the feet of the Apostle on a rock. The shrine has now been accorded an international pilgrimage station.
Manarcaud is a small town just 10 kms away from Kottayam. Manarcad is famous for the St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, which is one of the major pilgrimage destination for the Christians in Kerala. The is famous for the Manarcaud perunnal or Manarcaud feast which is held annually from September 1-8. This feast is also known as "Ettunombu Perunnal" and the pilgrims observe fast and stay in the church from morning till night during these days. The Manarcaud church has a holy tank and a golden cross, which are considered sacred by the devotees. There is a huge procession on the last three days of the fast and are held with golden crosses and accompanied by thousands of devotees holding muthukkudas(highly embellished silken parasols). The nearest railway station is at Kottayam, which is about 10 km away and the nearest airport is at Cochin which is 78 km away. Manarcaud is also accessible from other parts of the state by road.
Parumala Church is one of the major pilgrimage center in Kerala. The St.Peter's and St. Paul's Orthodox Church attracts a lots of belivers throughout the year irrespective of cast and creed. Parumala Church contains the tomb of Mor Gregorios Geevarghese Chathuruthil (Parumala Kochu Thirumeni), the only declared saint of Malankara. The Church is situated on the banks of river Pampa in Mannar. Mannar is a beautiful village in Pathanamthitta district and is 13 kms away from Thiruvalla. The annual commemorative feast (Ormapperunnal) celebrations at the Parumala Church is held on 1st and 2nd of November. Devotees from all over the state attended the special rites and prayers offered as part of the commemorative feast of the saint. The nearest railway station is at Thiruvalla and the nearest airport is at Cochin. Parumala is well connected to the other cities with its road networks.
The famous St.George Church in Puthupally is one of the oldest and renowned churches of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The patron saint of this parish is St.George and is situated in a beautiful and serene village called Puthuppally which is about 8 kms from Kottayam Town Puthupally church is the refuge of thousands of people all over the world who seek the intercession of St.George. It is believed that St.George church in Puthupally was established as a shrine of Changanacherry Pally which is turn was a shrine of Niranam pally. Puthupally Church is famous for its rich traditions as well as wealth. The main MADBAHA (sanctum sanctorum) is a treat for your eyes, with its beautiful wall paintings and ornamental decorations. The main Madbaha is in the name of St.George and the other two Thronose on the left and right are in the names of St.Mary and St.Behanan respectively. The unique Golden Cross weighting around 450 sovereigns is a proud possession of the church and is kept under lock and key during most of the year. this Golden Cross is taken out only once in a year, that is during the perunnal and placed in the main Thronose for veneration by the devotees
St.George's Church, Edathua is about 23 km southeast of Alappuzha town in the southern part of Kerala. Edathua church was established in 1810 and modelled on the medieval churches of Europe. This church is a massive shrine on the banks of the river Pamba. This church is famous for its annual feast which is held between April 27 to May 7 every year. During the feast, the statue of St.George is decked in gold and carried out in procession and placed on the dais at the centre of the Basilica. The feast is followed by the dazzling firework displays. Devotees from all parts of Kerala irrespective of caste and creed, visit in great numbers to seek his blessing and enjoy the festival. The church ground is swarmed with vendors and stalls selling all kinds of things from food to utensils to jewellery. There is also cultural performances every evening
Manjinikkara Church is situated atop a hillock in the beautiful village of Manjanikkara, near Omallur, Pathanamthitta District in South Kerala. The Manjinikkara Church and monastery was established by late Mor Yulius Elias Qoro, Patriarchal delegate to Malankara. On February 13th, 1932, the late Patriarch of East Mor Ignatius Elias III entered eternal rest and his remains are interred at the Manjinikkara monastery. Members of the Jacobite Syrian Church believe that the Holy Father was a Saint. The remains of late Mor Yulius Elias Qoro and Mor Yulius Yacoub, former Patriarchal delegates to Malankara are also interred in this church.The Manjanikkara Dayro is the seat of the Patriarchal Delegate to Malankara and the metropolitan of the Simhasana churches (churches administered directly by the Patriarchate of East (Antioch)). The Manjinikkara Church ( Manjinikkara Dayara) has now become one of the foremost places of pilgrimage in Kerala and among the Syrian Christians. A large number of pilgrims visit the church regularly to receive spiritual and physical healing and blessings.
Arthungal Church which is known as St. Andrew's Forane Church is one of the most sacred churches in Kerala. Arthungal Church attracts a lots of devotees both Christians and non-Christians every year from all parts of the State. The feast of St. Sebastian is celebrated for eleven days in a year with all its glory. The church authorities also instituted another minor feast on the 8th day after the principal feast known as Ettamperunnal. Of late this feast (Ettamperunnal) also has attained as much importance as the principal feast.
The devotees who flock to this church for worship mainly consists of those who have recovered from serious illness and the other who have escaped grave accidents. Those who have received special favors from the Saint Andrew show their gratitude by crawling on their knees from the local beach of the church. They also make offerings such as Gold and Silver replicas of human limbs, bows and arrows etc. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims who return from the Sabarimala Temple throng to this sacred place, take bath from the tank attached to the church and pay their homage to the Saint.
The nearest railway station to Arthungal Church is at Alleppey which is 22 kms away and the nearest airport is at Cochin, which is 97 Kms away.
Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti is a 500 year old mosque, 18km from Manjeri. It is a prominent pilgrim centre for the Muslims. The Valia Nercha festival is celebrated for three days to show reverence to Sheikh Muhammad Shah. It is built in the typical Mughal style architecture highlighting a splendid dome with intricate work.
Madayi Mosque is one of the ancient mosques in Kerala built by Malik Ibn Dinar in the 12th Century. It is located 28kms from Kannur, and it attracts a lot of Muslim pilgrims. The white marble used in this mosque is believed to have been brought from Mecca.
Cheraman Juma Masjid is situated in Kodungallur. It is the most famous mosque for being the first mosque ever built in India in 628 AD. As the legend goes, this mosque was built in the memory of the King Cheraman Perumal who converted into Islam. The architecture of this mosque is similar to Hindu temple architecture, and till date some of the practices conducted inside the premises are Hindu religion based.
This famous mosque is 25Kms from Kochi. It is believed to have been built in the memory of Sheikh Fariduddin. Kanjiramattom Mosque features the antique elegance of mazhars and dargahs. Caparisoned elephants and percussion music form an inseparable part of the Chandanakkudam ritual held as a part of the Kodikuthu festival.