The St Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic International Shrine which is also known as Malayatoor Church is situated 52 kms from Kochi, atop the 609 m high Malayatoor hills. The church is dedicated to St. Thomas, who is believed to have prayed at this shrine. One of the most significant Christian pilgrims centers in Kerala
, this holy shrine attracts devotees in huge numbers not only from Kerala but furthermore from the neighboring states. This well known place of worship is located at Kurisumudi, a verdant hill in the Western Ghats girdled partially by the Periyar river. The place of worship has a life-size statue of St. Thomas and the imprint of the feet of the Apostle on a rock. This shrine has now been accorded a worldwide pilgrimage station.