Based on the model of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, this shrine was built to commemorate the landing of St. Thomas in India. It is believed that St. Thomas , the apostle landed in Kodungallur on November 21st, 52 A.D which is depicted by a painting. He is believed to have formed seven churches in Kerala, the first one being in Kodungallur itself. The bone of the right arm of St. Thomas was brought from Ortona in Italy and enthroned in the present Pontifical shrine. A three thousand five hundred square feet mansion built in the Indo-Persian style presents the major episodes in the life of St. Thomas (Marthoma Smruthi Tharangam). This programme of thirty minutes duration uses the aid of modern computer technologies and audio visual theatrical effects.


  • 50 km from Thrissur
  • 8 km from Kodungallur


Open 0900 - 1800 hrs. Service Timings: Every hour