Established in the 52 AD by Apostolate of St. Thomas, Palayoor Church also known as St. Thomas Church is counted amongst the oldest churches in India. It is a part of the seven churches that were established in India. The original small Church structure has been retained from somewhere else. In the 17th century, the church was beautified by the Reverend Fenichi. After the construction of the church was complete. its appearance elevated considerably and is now a spectacle to behold. In its architecture, one can see may see many elements from the Hindu culture and of Persian ornamental decorations.
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is located in Palayoor. All thanks to Kerala Tourism, buses ply regularly and frequently between Palayoor and all major towns in Kerala and South India. You can also take an autorickshaw to reach the Church.
There are many spectacular places to visit around the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church like Boat Jetty (Bottukulam), Thaliyakulam, and the historical museum where many objects of archaeological, historical and artistic value are displayed.
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church can be visited throughout the year but the best time will be during the festivals like Palayur Mahatheerthadanam.