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St.George Forane Church
St.George Forane Church
Edathua is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Edathua is located in India
Edathua (India)
Coordinates: 9°22′0″N 76°28′0″E / 9.36667°N 76.46667°E / 9.36667; 76.46667Coordinates: 9°22′0″N 76°28′0″E / 9.36667°N 76.46667°E / 9.36667; 76.46667
Country India
 • SpokenMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code(0477 221...)
Vehicle registrationKL-66
Nearest townsAlappuzha, Changanacherry and Thiruvalla
Inside the church

Edathua is a small village in Kuttanad, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India.[1]

St. George Forane Church is the major pilgrim centre present here

Pilgrim Center[edit]

St. George Forane Church, Edathua is the major pilgrim centre of the area. Feast of St. George which is major festival. People from places including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana attend the feast.


Edathua is in the Kuttanad region. It lies below sea level: agricultural land (rice farms) in this region are separated from big and small rivers by high mud levees (bunds called Puravaramp). Farmers and agricultural workers build their dwellings on reclaimed land by expanding upon these levees around these paddy fields known as padam. These levees are also often planted with coconut trees, a major commercial crop in the region. The area attracts a lot of foreign tourists.


Situated on the banks of a branch of the Pamba river, the massive shrine St. George Forane Church, Edathua, 23 kilometres (14 mi) south-east of Alappuzha and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south-west of Thiruvalla and built more than 200 years ago resembles the churches of medieval Europe.

The Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna temple is about 20 km from Edathua.

The very ancient St. Marys Church, Niranam, believed to have been originally established by St Thomas, the disciple of Jesus Christ, in the 1st century AD, is 9 km south-east of Edathua.

There are a number of ancient Hindu temples with interesting legends and history in the surrounding villages of Edathua such as Changankary, Pandankary, Mithrakkary, Kozhimukk, Anapparampal and Veeyapuram.

Veeyapuram also has a Muslim mosque.

Chakkulathukavu Temple is less than 5 km east of Edathua.

The Mannarasala Temple, believed to be more than 3000 years old, is just a few kilometres south of Edathua.

It is said that Edathua got its name because in ancient times it was a "resting spot" (edathavalam), for the king's men and traders traveling by river.


The annual feast of the St. George Forane Catholic church starts on 27 April with the hoisting of the flag and concludes on 7 May.

During the feast, the statue of St. George, decked in gold regalia, is carried out and placed on the dais at the center of the church.

Devotees from other states are the main contributors to this Church feast. The feast, known as "Edathua Perunnal", helped Edathua to develop as one of the most important commercial centers in Kuttanad region. During the feast family members from outside Edathua, especially from the southern Kollam, Trivandrum side of Kerala and Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, come and visit their relatives. During the 10-day feast, many devotees stay and cook food in the church premises and take part in ritual bathing in the river in front of the church. The church is colorfully illuminated, and there is a fireworks display.

Educational institutions[edit]

  • St. Aloysius College, Edathua is the only arts and science college in kuttanad.
  • St. Aloysius Higher Secondary School offers higher secondary education with science and commerce streams
  • St. Marys Girls High school
  • Georgian Public School & Junior College, edathua is a CBSE school managed by St. George Forane church itself offers CBSE syllabus up to 12th standard with science (PCMB&PCBC) and Commerce streams.
  • Mar Thoma Syrian Girls High School, Anaprambal

Prominent persons[edit]

Varghese Augustine Punchaichira, the first elected Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the then Thakazhy constituency after India's independence, was from Edathua. He defeated his friend and now famous novelist Thakazhy Shivashankarappilla in the election.

Edathua is the hometown of K. N. P. Kurup, who was also its panchayat president.

Edathua is the home town of the international swimmer Arjuna award winner Sebastian Xavier of Manammal family. It is also the home of Mathews Mar Theodosius, the Metropolitan of Idukki Diocese. Malankara Orthodox Church belongs to Kannammalil family Pandankary .

'Keralaassisi' Puthenparampil Thommachean, the founder of the Franciscan Third order in Kerala, is also from Edathua.


Distance from Edathua:

1.Cochin International airport - 109 km

2.Trivandrum International airport-128 km

3.Ambalappuzha railway station-13 km

4.Thiruvalla railway station- 17 km

5.Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates bus service from Sub depot of edathua.

6.State Water Transport Department (SWTD) operates boat services from edathua boat jetty.

SWTD Boat Services to/From Edathua
*= Approximate Timing
Arrival Departure Service Route
06:00* Champakulam - Edathua
06:00 Edathua - Champakulam
08:15* Champakulam - Edathua
09:00* Venattukadu - Edathua Nedumudy,Champakulam
8:15 Edathua - Kochupally Champakulam
10:00 Edathua - Nedumudy Champakulam
10:15* Kochupally - Edathua Champakulam
11:40 Edathua - Champakulam
13:00* Nedumudy - Edathua Champakulam
13:15 Edathua - Nedumudy Champakulam
14:00* Champakulam - Edathua
14:45 Edathua - Veliapally Champakulam
16:15* Nedumudy - Edathua Champakulam
16:15 Edathua - Nedumudy Champakulam
17:30* Veliapally - Edathua Champakulam
17:30 Edathua - Nedumudy Champakulam
19:15* Nedumudy - Edathua Champakulam
19:15 Edathua - Champakulam
20:45* Nedumudy - Edathua Champakulam
21:00 Edathua - Champakulam