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One of the oldest Christian churches in Kerala, the church at Niranam pilgrimage centre, is believed to be built by Apostle St. Thomas in A.D. 52 .It is located 9 km from Thiruvalla. Niranam is also the birthplace of poets and social reformers popularly known as "Kannassa Kavikal".
The Christian pilgrimage destination of Niranam is located in Pathanamthitta district.Situated near the Western Ghats and hedged in by the hills, Pathanamthitta is a treat to the eye with its vast, unending stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes. Blessed and enriched by nature the district is famous for its scenic beauty, fairs and festivals and religious places.Pathanamthitta engrossed in the hilly terrain of Kerala can rightly be called the headquarters of pilgrimage tourism in the state. Sabarimala, an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, attracts crores of pilgrims from the deterrent parts of India and the state.
Other pilgrimage places located around Niranam in Pathanamthitta district include Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Kaviyoor Cave Temple, Kozhencherry Mannadi Temple, the sacred Pamba River, Parumala Church and Veluthambi Smarakom.
Pathanamthitta is linked by motorable roads to other towns in Kerala. Kottayam for instance is 56 km away with KSRTC buses plying frequently from Chennai, Madurai,Thenkasi, Coimbatore, etc.Also private luxury coaches are operated to Mumbai, Coimbatore and Bangalore.
For details on the land of pilgrimage, log on to pathanamthitta.com
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