Attractions

Pallippuram has many tourist attractions. They are.

1. Pallippuram Fort (500 meters only North)

The oldest European Fort in India, built by the Portugese in 1503 AD. Also known as the Ayikotta or the Alikotta, the fort was surrendered to the Dutch army in 1663, when they occupied Cochin. It is a gigantic hexagonal structure in the middle of a bustling town. Located near the tribute of River Periyar. The fort was purchased by the Travancore Raja in 1798 and is now a protected monument of the Kerala State Department of Archaeology.

2. Maliankara – the cradle of Christianity in India (1 km North)

Maliankara – where St. Thomas, the Apostle landed in India in AD 52, which became the cradle of Christianity in India. It is beleived that, in the ancient port (Muziris) was situated stretched from present Kodungallur to Pattanam (near North Paravur). There is a monument under the Diocese of Kottapuram with a small historical museum.

3. Kadalattu Kurishu (200 meters west)

Kadalattukurishu, the remains of an ancient church a few feet from the Basilica. The devout locals believe the Sea brought the Cross to the island (Kadal Nattiya Kurishu) and hence came to be known as ‘Kadalattukurishu’.  Now it is a part of St. Mary’s lower primary school. Ss. Peter & Paul’s statues are there in the altar.

4. St. Antony’s Shrine, Chettikkad (4 km East)

One of the famous pilgrim centre located at Chettikkad, near Maliankara. Tuesday’s Holy Mass, Adoration and Novena to St. Antony are famous in this region.

5. Cherai Beach (3 km South)

One of the beautiful natural beaches in Kerala located 3 kilometers south from the Basilica. Tens of hundreds tourists are visiting this place. The Cherai Carnival is famous, which is conducting during Tourisam celebrations in December last week.

6. Musiris Heritage (300 meters east)

The new Musiris Heritage area is located just opposite to the Basilica (Banks of the tribute of River Periyar). New investigations and digging are going on there.

7. Little Flower Convent (300 meters south)

It was the first press and seminary in Vypin Island (called Vyppikkotta Seminary) and later moved to Chendamangalam. After that it became the leprosy centre. In 1927, Carmelite Sisters of St. Theresa (CSST) came there and built primary school, orphanage and a convent.

8. Munambam Beach (1 km north-west)

Another beautiful beach in the Vypin Island with break-wall for water. At the north-west end of Ernakulam District, River Chalakkudy’s tribute is joining to the Arabian Sea through this.

 

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