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.

Seasons and Flavors of the Divine Land

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.

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.

Malayattoor Church is easily reachable from anywhere in Kerala and Cochin as the place is well connected by a wide network of roads. To get to Malayatoor driving down on the NH47, one will have to take a diversion towards Kalady from Angamaly and drive all the way up to Kalady town which will take about 10 minutes. Then take a left towards Malayatoor. Folks driving down from Ernakulam / Cochin can drive up to Angamaly and take the same route or take the left towards Kalady after Cochin International Airport on the NH47. The latter route is shorter but the time taken will be a little long due to the small roads on will have to drive in.
The Cochin International Airport is at a distance of 15 kilometers from here.
Railway Station:
The Angamaly railway station is at a distance of 17 kilometers from Malayattoor, but since most train do not stop at Angamaly you can get down at the next railway station Aluva (Alwaye)as every train halts here.

Tourist Place to Visit in Ernakulam District, Kerala