Imagine a scene where thousands of devotees carrying wooden crosses of different sizes climb a mountain with prayers and faith. Awe-inspiring isn’t it? Now is a chance to behold this spectacle by yourself. Come April visit the St. Thomas church located at Malayattoor, Ernakulam district in Kerala state, India and experience this incredible atmosphere of religious fervour. The Malayattoor Perunnal or the Malayattoor Feast is celebrated on the Sunday after the Easter.
Legend has it that St. Thomas had landed on the Kerala coast at Muziris, Kodungalloor port in 52 AD. Some believe that the Malayattoor Church is one of the major churches built by St. Thomas. Kurishumudi is where one can find the Golden Cross believed to have formed when St. Thomas knelt on a rock and signed a cross with his finger. He remained there praying for a long time, and ultimately a golden cross appeared on the spot. Another curious sight at the mountain is the permanent footprint and the marks of knees believed to be that of St. Thomas imprinted on the rock. Every year as the month of April arrives the entire village gets ready to welcome the pilgrims.
Nearest railway station: Angamaly, about 17 km from Malayattoor.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, at Nedumbassery, about 15 km from Malayattoor.
Venue: St. Thomas church, Malayattoor, Ernakulam Distric