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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in and around Alleppey?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Do you think that Alleppey is all about backwaters, houseboats and scenic beauty? If yes, then think twice as there are many popular temples and churches in and around the city which are not only the religious centres but also known for their exquisite architecture.

  • St. Mary’s Church

    Also known as ‘Champakulam Church’, it is located at a distance of 15 kilometres from the town of Alappuzha. Built 1870, it is one of the oldest churches in Kerala and believed to be one of the seven churches historically established by St. Thomas. Known for the beautiful Mural paintings, this place is located in a remote place not often frequented. Located near this church is the St. Thomas Statuary, where wooden statues of Christ are created for export.
  • Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

    At a distance of 14 kilometres from the city, this temple is one of the popular temples of India and it is built in typical Kerala style architecture. Built sometime during 15th to 17th century AD, it has paintings of the Dashavataram on its inner walls. The temple is particularly famous throughout the state of Kerala for Palpayasam (a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness), which is offered to the deity. The Lord is also called Dwaraka of South.
  • Chavara Bhavan

    Situated at a distance of 11 kilometres from the city, this is the birthplace of the blessed Kurikose Elias Chavara. A church is built over the over the traditional birth site of the Catholic Saint. You will have to take a boat ride to get to this place.
    Church Timings: The
    Novena Prayer and Mass is held every Saturday at 6, 7.30, 8.45, 10.00 am and 4:30 pm.
  • Edathua Church

    Established in 1810, this church is at a distance of 28 kilometres from the city. Situated on the banks of the river Pamba, it is built on the lines of the medieval churches of Europe. Known for being especially good at healing mental disorders and other ailments, thus, attracting a number of pilgrims from all over South India, seeking the blessing of St. George. The famous and grand festival of St. George is celebrated here every year from 27th April to 7th May.  
  • Sree Nagaraja Temple

    Around 32 kilometres from the city, this world famous Nagaraja temple is an important ancient pilgrimage centre of Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Nagaraja, this is an unusual serpent shrine that is under the patronage of a Brahman family, headed by a priestess. The temple attracts numerous devotees every year and the 'Sarpakalam Pattu' ritual is conducted once every month.

These temples and churches will bring out your spirituality and give you inner peace. Make sure to enquire about the Darshan and Aarti timings in temples and mass timings in churches beforehand so that you can offer your prayers without any hassles.

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