Pattumala Church, dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health, is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite pilgrim site in Kerala. The Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of Saint Francis of Assisi looks after it (CMSF). This church was designed by Thiruvananthapuram architect J.P Bright. The tea plantations surround the chapel, which is made completely of granite. Pattumala translates to “Silk-Draped Hill.” Peermade is 8 kilometres (5.0 miles) away, and Thekkady is 24 kilometres (15 miles).
The terrain surrounding Pattumala is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is a must-see place for everyone visiting Kerala’s Idukki district. It’s a lovely spot with endless stretches of luscious green tea plantations. The spiritual ambiance, cool climate, panoramic view of nature, surrounding tranquilly, and unpolluted air all contribute to a soul-stirring spiritual experience.
The Dome of church being largest among christian churches in India.
At the entrance, main door frame is made of rock cut and there is rock cut portraits depicting various events in bible. The altar is of carved wood. All these add to the architectural excellence.
The church is believed to have two events of Marian Apparitions. Many miracles also have been attributed to the church.
Church is devoted to Mother Mary, in the name of Velankanni Matha and is known as Pattumala Matha as the name of place is. Also known as “Kochu Velankanni Church”; declared as Pilgrim Centre by Pope John Paul II. Devotees and tourist visit the church very often.
The history of church dates back to british era, tea estate workers having great devotion to Mother Mary. In 1980’s, Bro. Hippolitus Thadathil CMSF, a franciscan missionary brother of Kerala origin who came to pattumala realised the devotion & took the initiative; at first ashram chapel was used by devotees for the prayers and then in 1980’s planned for a new church. The present church was blessed on 1998.
Architect J.P Bright, Thiruvananthapuram, is the designer of this church. The church is built entirely of granite and situated in the midst of tea plantations. The name Pattumala means “Hill Draped in Silk.” It is located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Peermade and 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Thekkady.
The Pattumala Matha Church is a famous Roman Catholic church in Peerumadu, near Pambanar, Idukki district of Kerala. The Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health. It is served by the Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of St. Francis (CMSF). The church, which is built entirely of granite is a Marian pilgrim center. It is situated on top of a mountain surrounded by tea plantations.
The regions surrounding Pattumala has a phenomenal beauty and this is a must see town when you are visiting Idukki district of Kerala. It is a picturesque place with an unending expanse of lush green tea plantations.
Pattumala is blessed with a Vision of Blessed Virgin Mary to a family on 9th March 2008. The main offering of ‘Pattumala Matha’ Shrine is Silk Pattu and candle.