Marthoma is Christian denomination in Kerala, 'Mar' for saint and 'Thoma' for Thomas. It is said that He established seven and a half churches in Kerala - Kodungallur, Palayur, Paravur, Kokomangalam, Niranam, Chayal, and Kollam. Each of these churches are unique in its own way. Visit the Malayattoor Church, located 52 kms from Kochi on Malayattoor Hill, is believed to be one of the ancient catholic shrines built by St. Thomas. The sacred site has footprints and a life-size statue of St. Thomas which is a must see for every tourist. Plan to visit the church on second Sundays, after the Vernal Equinox (March 21) and you can see pilgrims climbing the 2000 feet high hill to reach the church, affording a magnificent vista from the sprawling landscape. Drive 10 km from the main city of Ernakulam, to reach the granite church of St. Francis set amid the serene lawns of Fort Kochi. Originally named as Santo Antonio and presently owned by the Church of South India (CSI), the church presents a exquisite facade with multi curved sides; an indeed impressive marvel to behold. Plan a holiday vacation in Kerala and you can't miss visiting the tiny town of Bharanamganam in Kottayam district. Situated at about 14 miles from the Ettumanoor railway station, the trivial patch of land houses one of the most ancient but important hallowed places of Kerala, the St. Mary's Forance Church. Dedicated to the Holy Mother, this is a famous church in Kerala, that attracts thousands of pilgrims from every pockets of the country. Visit during November-January, and you can rejoice the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Feast of St. Sebastian, held during this time. Take up Kerala tours to see he famous churches of Kerala.