human settlement in India

Kolenchery is a steadily growing town located on National Highway 49 (NH 49), 27 km east of Kochi in Ernakulam district of Kerala, India.

Kolenchery was just a hamlet with church, handful of schools and cinema theatre five decades ago. It was known outside as the home of contractors and real estate owners. It is absolutely diverse now; Kolenchery is among those few towns in Kerala, which has made great progress during the near past, whether it is the case of industries, educational institutions or any other concern.

St. George Church

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  • Kadamattom Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church. A very famous Church, built in 6th century AD. The church is famous for its rare combination of Indo-Persian architecture coupled with Kerala Hindu style decors and mandapams. The Church has its origins from a Hindu Brahmin family who converted to Christianity, yet maintained their Hindu tantric beliefs and practices. Thus many of its customs are mixture of Christianity and Hinduism. The Church is extremely famous for its legendary Kadamattom Kattanar (Priest) who lived in 10th century AD here, following Hindu Tantric practices to cure those who possessed as well as quell ghosts and spirits. Many Hindu temples were established by the Kadamattom Kattanar nearby, highlighting the level of harmony between Christianity and Hinduism in Kerala. Even today, people irrespective of religions, visit the shrine to seek blessings of the Kattanar. The Holy cross of St.Thomas kept here, was gifted by St.Thomas to an Assyrian King before coming to Kerala, which was brought by first Immigrants from Syria after the fall of Babylon.
  • Kottoor Church
  • Thammanimatton

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