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In the 1st century, Kokkothamangalam was a prosperous Hindu village. According to tradition, St. Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus, landed at Kodungalloor, an ancient port on India's Malabar Coast, in the year 52. He founded Christian communities in Kokkothamangalam, Kodungalloor, Kollam, Chayal, Niranam, Parur, and Palayoor before he was martyred in Mylapore. The Apostle Thomas performed a miracle in Kokkothamangalam, and converted several local Hindu families to Christianity. A church was erected near the village's Hindu temple. The present church was rebuilt in 1900 on the same site.
Local attractions include picnic boating at Kokkothamangalam. The long view of "Vembanad Lakeexpans" with green margin of coconut palms is also considered a must see. Kokkothamangalam village itself is a place of traditional coconut processing cottage industry and numerous small coir spinning units. Thannirmukkom saltwater barrier, Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom bird sanctuary are among the places of interest nearby. The Cochin International Airport is 70 kilometers from Kokkothamangalam.
Apostle St. Thomas Pilgrim Center Kokkothamangalam
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Kokkamangalam
St. Thomas sailed to Kokkothamangalam where he preached the gospel for about a year. 1600 people embraced Christian faith through him according to the narration in "Rampan Pattu", an ancient form of Syrian Christian folk-song prevalent in Kerala. He formed a Syrian Christian community at Kokkothamangalam and enshrined a Cross for the faithful. The people of Kokkothamangalam and nearby places venerate St. Thomas as their beloved heavenly patron.
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