Malayattoor is a village in the North Eastern corner of Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala in South India.
The name `Malayattoor’ is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.
Malayattoor a meeting place of mountain and river shot into prominence when she was blessed by the missionary work of St.Thomas the apostle of Jesus Christ. He set foot at Kodunghalloor, in AD 52 and founded the famous seven churches. On his way to Mylapore, he stopped at Malayattoor.
Located 52 km from Kochi, the Malayattoor Church is situated atop the 609 m high Malayatoor Hill. The church is dedicated to St.Thomas, who is believed to have prayed at this shrine. One of the most important Christian pilgrim centres in Kerala, this holy shrine attracts devotees in very large numbers not only from Kerala but also from the neighbouring states.
This famous church is situated at Kurisumudi, a verdant hill in the Western Ghats girdled partially by the Periyar river. The Church has a life-size statue of St. Thomas and the imprint of the feet of the Apostle on a rock. This shrine has now been accorded an international pilgrimage station.