Situated 35 kilometers south of Thrissur District, Kodungallur town was once an important port and capital of the Chera Kings during 7th century AD. It was once a part of the famous port city, Muziris which is still engrossed with rich history, even though it was destroyed by the massive flood of Rive Periyar in 1341 AD. Encircled by the pristine Arabian Sea and awe-inspiring Periyar River, Kodungallur is engulfed with natural beauties, historical monuments, and religious attractions. The town is believed to be the place where St. Thomas first preached Christianity in India.
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Similar to a Hindu temple in architecture, this mosque is almost similar to any random monument built in the traditional Kerala style. Built in 629 AD, it is the first mosque in India and the second oldest mosque in the world to perform Jumu'ah prayers, after Medina in Saudi Arabia. Recent changes have been made in the monument's structure, like concrete minarets, to give the monument a portrayal of a typical mosque. The interiors remain wooden, though with a Keralite oil lamp right in the center. A lamp is of great significance to people of all religions.
Bhagawati Temple at Kodungallur is popular all across Kerala. The Bharani and Thalappoli festivals add to the popularity of this temple. It is during these festivities that one can witness the largest congregation of oracles, not seen anywhere else in Kerala. The marvelous beauty and supreme craftsmanship create an impressive gateway for visitors from across India and world to the calm and eco-friendly premises of this temple.
St. Thomas Church
Jesus Christ's apostle, St. Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungallur (earlier Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church, which is assumed to be established by him, houses ancient relics. St. Thomas is portrayed in the gospels as a courageous and brave personality. He had preached the gospel from Ethiopia to China. At Kodungallur, St. Thomas established the first Christian church in India and is the architect behind many other churches in Kerala.
Kodungalloor boasts of prominent pilgrimage places of all the major communities of Kerala.