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Coordinates: 9°31′08″N76°18′57″E / 9.5188°N 76.3158°E / 9.5188; 76.3158 Coordinates: 9°31′08″N76°18′57″E / 9.5188°N 76.3158°E / 9.5188; 76.3158
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
688 008
Vehicle registration KL-04
Lok Sabha constituencyAlappuzha
Vidhan Sabha constituencyAlappuzha

Thumpoly is coastal town in the Alappuzha district and is a famous well-known Christian Marian pilgrimage shrine of Kerala. Thumpoly church (St.Thomas church,Thumpoly) is an ancient church built by the Portuguese and was established in the year 1600s. This church Includes under the Diocese of Alleppey- Roman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey . Thumpoly It is located at a distance of 80 km from Kochi International Airport, 60 Km from Kochi Cochin City , 6 km from Alappuzha city, 20 km from Cherthala, 25 km from kuttanadu, 34 Km from Changanassery and 52 km from kayamkulam. It is connected to Alappuzha, Arthunkal, Kochi, Ernakulam by road and railway. It is located on the edge of NH 66 (formerly NH 47).The National Highway 66 cuts through the middle of the town. The Arabian Sea is on one side, and a small lake on the other, with the beach of Chakara in Kerala. It is a natural habitat of many rare birds. Thumpoly is known for its canals, which end their course in the Arabian Sea. There are fishing villages on the beaches. The local population are also involved in coir making. Thumpoli is located on the border of Alappuzha Municipality. Thumpoly shares border with Alappuzha Municipality and Aryad Grama Panchayat. Thumpoly church is the largest landmark of Thumpoli.



It is believed that the name 'Thumpoly' came from 'Thoma Pally' which means Church of St. Thomas. During the period of Portuguese, the place was also called 'Thompolis' which means 'The town of St. Thomas'.

Visiting Time:- Visiting hours at Thumpoli Church are from 5.30 am to 8.00 pm every day. On festival days like Thirunal, the church will be closed only after 10.30 pm (unless it is busy). The church is not usually closed on important festivals days. Or if it is closed, the Thirunada will close only after 11.30 PM or 12.00 PM. [1] [2]

Thumpoly Church Feast

The parish of Thumpoly is known for its church, named for St. Thomas and also dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Confraternity festival of Immaculate conception at Thumpoly Church is a very historic and famous festival. Darshana Thirunal(Confraternity festival)of Amalolbhava Mata(immaculate conception)-(thumpoly matha) is celebrated every year from November 27 to December 15 at Thumpoly church. The main feast which lasts for (11) 19 days, is that of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 08 December every year ( The main festival day is December 08th.). Ettamidam Thirunal day is December 15th. Opening of Thiruswaroopa ``Thirunada Thurakkal´´ of Mother of Thumpoly mata on 06th December. The Thumpoly church festival ends at midnight on December 15th. The statue of 'Our Lady' of Immaculate Conception in the church is called 'Kappalottakaari Amma' (Sailors Mother ) or 'the mother who came by ship in the year between AD 1580 - 1600s. Important Vow (Nercha) `` Pattum Kireedavum Ezhunnallippu´´.The main votive offering is the silk and the crown wake up offerings.And also there are many other vows/offerings.(Pattum Kireedavum Ezhunnallipp) . And also on the first Sunday of July, the week of Thomasliha - St. Thomas's day feast is also celebrated. The Feast of the Birth(Nativity) of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated from September 1st to September 8th. Every year from 01st to 31st October the month of Japamala/Rosary is celebrated as a celebration. [3] [4] [5] These are the one of the most important festivals and pilgrimage shrine in Kerala & Alappuzha district and Diocese of Alleppey.

Sites of interest

The landmark of the place is a 400 to 500-year-old church called St. Thomas Church, Thumpoly which was built by Portuguese. The Thumpoly church is 400 to 500 years old and has a long tradition. The construction of the present shrine/church was started in AD 1700 and the construction of the church was completed in AD 1730. The present church at Thumpoli was work completed in AD 1730. The Thumpoly church is one of the important pilgrimage centers/shrines of State of Kerala & Alappuzha District and Alleppey Diocese, built in the Portuguese style. Between during the AD 1580s and 1600, a ship sailed from Paris (Portugal/Also said to be from Italy) across the Arabian sea, losing control of the ship due to wind, rain and thunder. Thus, the statue of the Immaculate Conception (Virgin Mary) was enshrined in the church (thumpoly ). Thumpoly church was the first church in India at that time to have a statue of the Mother of God religiously and rituals.

Thirthassery temple is another important monument in Thumpoly. The typical Kerala architectural beauty can be seen this small temple. There is also a mosque near Thumpoly.

Thumpoly is connected by road and rail -way. The beach at Thumpoly is a major tourist attraction. Thumpoly Beach is located on the west side near thumpoly church. Pilgrim's and tourists also come here.

Coir handicrafts is a major cottage industry of the area.

The important Near areas of Thumpoly are Poomkavu (Poomkavu - A famous Holy Weekly Pilgrimage Shrine), Chettikadu, Pathirappally, Omanapuzha, Kommadi, Poonthoppu, Mangalam and Malikamukku.

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Thumpoly St. Thomas Church Marian Pilgrimage Shrine is a church in Thumpoly, Kerala, India, and is a well-known Christian Marian pilgrimage shrine. This Church Includes under the Diocese of Alleppey-(Roman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey ). Thumpoly is located 6 kilometers from Alappuzha city, 80 kilometers from Kochi International Airport, 60 Kilometers from Kochi -Cochin City, 20 kilometers from Cherthala, 25 kilometers from Kuttanadu, 34 Kilometers from Changanassery and 52 kilometers from Kayamkulam. This is an ancient church with a long tradition that was built by the Portuguese and was established in the AD 1600s. It is one of the important Christian pilgrimage shrines of Kerala and Alappuzha district. It is the second most important pilgrimage or Church centre in the Diocese of Alleppey.


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