Churches in Kollam

There are a number of Churches in Kollam that are visited by large number of people belonging to different communities. It is believed that during the later half of the first century Saint Thomas, who was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, established seven churches in India. One among these churches is the Port Kollam Church in Kollam.

In 1329, Kollam was declared as the first diocese in India by the Vatican. During this era, there was a church named Kollam Church. Later on, several other churches were built by the Portuguese in the same vicinity, as a result of which Kollam Church was renamed as 'Port Kollam Church'. It is very famous among devotees as it has the holy relic of Saint Thomas. The Pullichira Church is among the oldest churches of Kollam andwas founded in 1700 A.D.

Another church in Kollam is the St. Antony’s Capuchin Friary at Tillery , which occupies six acres of land that was allocated to the Friary in 1921. In the year 2007, St. Antony’s Capuchin Friary celebrated it's platinum jubilee. The festive occasion continued for one week comprising of a valedictory function and gospel convention.

The construction of the St. Thomas C.S.I. Church, Pattathanam church was initiated in 1969. Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Peter was the first parish priest of the church. Rt. Rev. Dr. Jerome M. Fernandez blessed the church and christened it as Bharatha Rajni, to give it a touch of Indianisation. A unique icon of Mother Mary was designed in an Indian style by him.

St. Thomas' Church Kandachira in Mangad is another church that occupies a significant place among the churches of Kerala. It is the second church built by Portuguese missionaries in 1837. In 1787, the first church was constructed in the Perinad village. The first parish priest of the church was Fr. Alexander and it was blessed in 1987. Some of the other churches in Kollam are St. Joseph Shrine, Perinad and Our Lady of Purification church, Port Kollam.

Some of the churches that are located very close to the city are:
  • St. Francis Church, Koduvila (Kallada)
  • St. Sebastians Church, Neendakara
  • Amalotbhava Matha Church, Pullichira (Kottiyam)
  • St. John Britto Church, Sakthikulangara
  • St. Casimir's Church, Kadavur
Various festivals are celebrated in these Kollam churches attracting huge crowds from all over the country.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011