Malayattoor, a small town located in Ernakulam district, gets its name from three Malayalam words: 'Mala' meaning 'mountain,' 'Arr' meaning 'river' and 'Oore' meaning 'place'. This small yet picturesque town is literally sandwiched between the Western Ghats and Periyar River making it a meeting point of land, water and mountain ranges.
Malayattoor town is famous for its ancient Catholic Church which is dedicated to Apostle St. Thomas. Malayattoor not only serves as a Christian pilgrim center but also known for its scenic beauty. Besides the St. Thomas Church, which is the chief attraction of the place, there are a couple of other churches such as the Church of Mary Immaculate and the St. Sebastian Church. Durga Devi Temple is yet another religious spot that attracts travellers. Places like Mahagani Thottam and Moolamkuzhy can also be visited during the trip to Malayattoor.
Believers and tourists visit here all year round as the church is forever bustling with activities. But one should avoid coming here during its long rainy season as the heavy rains make sightseeing impossible. Winter is the best season to explore Malayattoor since the temperature is pleasant.
Malayattoor is situated at a distance of approximately 47 km from Kochi and is well connected with its neighboring districts.
Flavors of the Divine Land
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Food prepared here has typical Malayalam flavours. Small food joints and coffee houses are a speciality of this place. During the festival season when the town is bursting with activity, temporary food stalls are built for the convenience of the pilgrims.