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Written by Kajani Shivam on November 3, 2022 Share on

Top 10 Churches In Kerala For A Religious Tour

As we all know Kerala is known for its picturesque scenic areas, hill stations, coffee plantation areas, beaches, waterfalls, houseboats, unique festivals and many more. The Keralites majorly follow three religions which are Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Also, Christianity is the third largest religion practised in Kerala and this state houses some of the beautiful churches which deserves a visit at least once in your lifetime. Especially, if you are planning to take a religious tour, Kerala could be a perfect choice. Interested to find out the top 10 churches in Kerala? Well, this article is for you folks. Have a read and check out the top 10 churches in Kerala which will surely take you close to god.

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A church in Nagampadam
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Top 10 churches in Kerala

Visiting a church has always felt good, right? That positive feeling we get is something amazing and lights our soul. Ready to find the top 10 churches in Kerala? Just scroll down and keep reading…

  • St. Francis Church
  • Vallarpadam Church
  • Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Lourdes Forane Church
  • Arthunkal Church
  • St. George’s Forane Syro Malabar Church
  • Catholic Rosary Church
  • St. Peters and St. Pauls Orthodox Church
  • Our Lady of Dolours Basilica
  • Nadamel Marth Mariam Church

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1. St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church is one of the famous churches in Kochi which dates back to 1503. It is also believed to be the oldest European church in Kerala. That’s great, huh? This church is also famously known for the burial history of Vasco da Gama. He was buried in St. Francis Church in 1524 and 14 years later his remains was moved to Lisbon.


Head Post Office, Saint Francis Church Road Opp, Fort Kochi, Kerala 682001

2. Vallarpadam Church

The second church to enter the list of top 10 churches in Kerala is Vallarpadam Church. This church was originally built by the Portuguese and destroyed during the Dutch period. Later on, this church was rebuilt again in 1676 and was dedicated to Mother Mary.


National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Kochi, Kerala 682504

3. Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica
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Santa Cruz Basilica is truly one of the most beautiful churches in Kerala. This is also one of the eight well-known Basilicas in India and truly deserves a visit. The Indo-European and Gothic architecture, fresco paintings, and the history of this basilica is something every locals and tourist admire. So, never miss taking a look at this beautiful basilica which is also one of the must-visit places in Kochin.


Bastian St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kerala 682001

4. Lourdes Forane Church

Lourdes Forane Church is one of the top 10 churches in Kerala and is exactly situated in Trivandram. As soon as you enter the church, you will be able to feel the divine spirit which will completely take you close to god. Also, make sure you spend some time and have a look at the architecture of the church which is completely admiring.


NH 47 Near Siso Mall, PMG, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695004

5. Arthunkal Church

Well, the fifth one to enter the list of top 10 churches to visit in Kerala is Arthunkal Church. This church is situated in Alleppey and is one of the must-visit churches in Kerala. Arthunkal Church was built during the Portuguese period and is also beautifully constructed. So, if you are someone who loves architecture, you should definitely have a look at this church. Willing to have a perfect visit to this church? If yes, make sure you visit this church during the Arthunkal feast.


Arthunkal, Cherthala South, Kerala 688530

6. St. George’s Forane Syro Malabar Church

St. George Forane Church
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No matter how many churches you may visit in Kerala, your trip won’t be complete without visiting this church. Well, you may have faith in lord or not, but make sure you visit this church to have a look at its stunning architecture. Interestingly, this church is believed to be the oldest Roman Catholic church in Kerala and was constructed in 1080 AD. The special part of this church is its miracle well. Yes, you heard it right! The one who drinks the water from the well is believed to have amazing healing powers. That’s incredible, huh? So, make sure you visit this church and drink the water from the well to have incredible healing powers.


Edappally Road, Ponekkara, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024

7. Catholic Rosary Church

The seventh one to enter the list of top 10 churches to visit in Kerala is Catholic Rosary Church. This church is gifted with incredible architecture and is one of the must-visit places in Thalassery. In addition, Catholic Rosary Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala and was built in the 16th century and reflects the British architecture style. Also, the stained glasses and fresco paintings are quite enough to stun the visitors.


Opposite to St.Joseph HSS, Thalassery, Kerala 670101

8. St. Peters and St. Pauls Orthodox Church

The churches in Kerala are known for their unique architectural styles and the St. Peters and St. Pauls Orthodox Church stands as a perfect example for unique architecture. This church was designed by Charles Correa and has a capacity to accommodate over 2000 people at a time. That’s amazing, huh?


P.O, Thiruvalla, Parumala Seminary, Parumala, Kerala 689626

9. Our Lady of Dolours Basilica

Our Lady of Dolours Basilica is considered to be one of the oldest churches in India and the brilliantly constructed Gothic building is a pleasure to view. This church is located in Thrissur and people gather here in a huge number to seek blessings. Especially, this church will be flooded with locals and tourists on Sundays.


Erinjery Angady, Pallikkulam, Thrissur, Kerala 680001

10. Nadamel Marth Mariam Church

Finally, the last one to enter the top 10 churches to visit in Kerala is Nadamel Marth Mariam Church. Built during the 12th century by the parishioners of Karingachira Church and considered to be very important to Jacobite Syrians. And yes, not to forget the architecture which is at its best.


Ettumanoor-Ernakulam Road, Thrippunithura, Kochi, Kerala 682301

Manarcad Church
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Well, don’t you think that the above mentioned top 10 churches in Kerala truly deserves a visit? They do, right? These churches are a blend of architecture and divine. So, if you are planning for a divine tour, make sure you add Kerala. Already excited? Take your time and check on the Pickyourtrail and browse on the Kerala travel packages and start planning your vacation. In addition, follow this page for more amazing travel contents. You can also let the world know regarding your fabulous vacation with Pickyourtrail by helping us pen your travel stories. Isn’t that great? It is, huh? Happy travelling!

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