#4 of 43 Places to Visit in Kottayam
Distance (From Kottayam Railway Station): 3 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 3 Kms from Kottayam Railway Station, Cheriapally Church dedicated to mother Mary is the first church built in Kottayam.
Constructed by the Portuguese in 1579, it is one of the oldest churches in Kerala. It is also believed that Thekkumkur Maharaja has built this holy place. The architecture of the church is a blend of European architecture along with Hindu temple architecture. The Hindu influence is seen in the large brick walls outside, suspended lamps of the halls and granite pillars while the Portuguese impressions manifest themselves in the dye paintings on the walls and ceilings, depicting the life of Christ.
The main festival of the church is celebrated on January 15th.
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.