Center of Activity: Malayatoor, 47 kms from Cochin
Time of Celebration: March / April
The festival of Malayatoor Perunnal is celebrated in the months of
March/April every year. It falls on the Sunday after Easter and is
organized at the world-famous Catholic Church at Malayatoor, situated
near the Cochin city of Kerala. Situated atop the Malayattoor hill, at a
height of some 609 m, this church is dedicated to the famous apostle of
Jesus Christ, St Thomas. It is often referred to by the name of the St
Thomas Malayattoor Church also. It is believed that St Thomas prayed at
this church when he landed in Kerala.
Situated near the Malayatoor St Thomas Church is a hill that is
supposed to have his footprints on a rock Malayatoor Perunnal is one of
the major festivals of Kochi and draws devotees from around the globe.
During the celebration of the festival, pilgrims of all faiths walk
uphill chanting the name of the Apostle. The fervor with which the
devotees pray during Malayatoor Perunal is simply infectious. Tourists
and locals come here to seek spiritual happiness and satisfaction amidst
the calm and serene locales of Malayatoor.
Learn about the famous Malayatoor Perunal festival celebrated at Malayatoor, near Cochin (Kochi) city of Kerala, India.