Main Pilgrim Centers

Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid

The Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in India (about 1,000 years old). It is believed that Habib Dinar (son of Malik Dinar who introduced Kerala to Islam) constructed the masjid. It is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. It is famous for its richness of architecture, wood caring and the beauty. This mosque is situated on the bank of Meenachil river.

Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid

St. Mary’s Church, Manarcad

Located 8 km away from Kottayam town, the St. Mary’s Church at Manarcaud is one of the most important churches of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christians. The ettunompu (8-day fasting) which is an annual event held between September 1st and 8th of every year sees devotees from far and wide thronging the church to participate in the prayers and rituals.

St. Mary's Church Manarcaud

Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple

Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple situated in the heart of Kottayam city is one of the 108 revered Shivalayas in central Kerala. The temple is about 500 years old and was built by the Thekkumkoor raja. It also preserves a number of unique sculptures and murals of various Hindu deities. A common belief is that the idol of Shiva here is installed by sage Parashurama himself.

thirunakkara mahadevar temple

Vavarupalli, Erumeli Juma Masjid

Located at about 49 km off Kottayam is the Vavarambalam at Erumeli which is a mosque dedicated to Vavar, a companion of the deity Lord Ayyappa of the Sabarimala Temple. The mosque enjoys a unique status in that the Hindu pilgrims pay their respects to Vavar at the Vavarambalam before embarking on their trek to Sabarimala. The festival here is the Erumeli Pettathullal held in the month of January.

Vavarupalli erumeli

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam, Kerala, India. It has brought glory and fame to the place. Myths have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The name of the place has its origin from the word ‘manoor’, which means the land of deer.

Ettumanoor temple

St. Alphonsa Shrine Church, Bharananganam

The main structure of the church, which began to be known as St.Alphonsa Shrine Church following the canonization of Sr. Alphonsa on 12th October 2008 had been built in the year 1945 as a cemetery chapel of St. Mary’s Church Bharananganam. Sr.Alphonsa is the first nun ever to have been buried there. Her tomb now stands at the very place where her mortal remains were buried on 29 July 1946.

During the period 1963-64, a side wing with family tombs was added. With the completion of new tombs in the parish graveyard in 1985, burial in the cemetery chapel was discontinued and the mortal remains of the dead interred therein except those of St.Alphonsa were exhumed and inhumed in the newly built vaults/chambers.

ST.Alphonsa church bharanganam

St. Joseph’s Monastery, Mannanam

Built by the blessed St. Chavara Kuriakose Elias, the St. Joseph’s Monastery at Mannanam is located 10 km away from Kottayam. The mortal remains of this saintly priest are preserved here. Thousands of devotees congregate here to pay homage to the saint.

StJosephsMonastery Mannanam

Panachikkadu Dakshina Mookambika Temple

The Panachikkadu Temple, also known as the Dakshina Mookambika (Mookambika of the South) Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswati. The temple is located in the southern region of the Indian Peninsula, in Panachikkad in Kottayam, Kerala, India.

Panachikkadu Temple