St. Andrew's Forane Church is Located at Arthunkal, Alappuzha District, Kerala, which is 6kms south west from Cherthala and 22 km north of Alappuzha. The annual Arthunkal Perunnal, the Feast of St. Sebastian.The Church better known as Arthunkal church, is an important Christian pilgrim center established by Portuguese missionaries. The miraculous statue of St.Sebastian in the church was brought from Milan and is placed behind an altar in the right wing of the church.It attracts lakhs of devotees both Christians and non-Christians every year from all parts of the State. The feast of St. Sebastian is celebrated on a grand scale for eleven days in a year. Owning to the unmanageable crowding of pilgrims and the resultant confusion on January 20 the final day of the feast, the church authorities have instituted another minor feast on the 8th day after the principal feast (Octave).The highlights of the concluding day of the festival include a special ritual in which the devotees crawl on their knees all the way from the nearby beach to the church followed by a ceremonial procession to the beach. This is known as 'Ettam perunnal'. Of late this feast also has attained as much importance as the principal feast.

On 27 Jan midnight the church doors were closed and the st Sebastian's statue was placed at the safe locker in the room near Vicar's office. A small statue of the saint is placed there for 40 days. This marks the end of the Arthunkal perunnal. In 2009, more than 1.5 lakh persons performed the bow and arrow 'nercha'.Many devotees come to the church and sit in 'Bhajana' for days.

Location info:

Address: Arthunkal, Alappuzha district , kerala, India
District: Alappuzha District.
Nearest City: Pazhaveedu,Cherthala, Ambalapuzha and Kuttanad
Best time to visit: Jainuary


Interesting things to do:

You can watch St. Andrew's Forane Church and also bow and arrow 'nercha'.

Interesting things to Visit:

Ambalapuzha Temple:

Constructed in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous all over India, and is renowned for the Palpayasam, the daily offering of sweet milk porridge. This temple witnesses the performance of Pallipana by Velans (sorcerers) once every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are displayed on the inner walls of the temple.

Arthunkal Church:

Arthunkal ChurchThis is a prominent Christian Pilgrim centre near Cherthalai which is 22 km. north of Alappuzha. The St. Andrews Church here was built by Portuguese missionaries during the 15th century. One can see and feel the architectural beauty of the West in the construction of this church.

Krishnapuram Palace:

The Krishnapuram Palace was built by Marthanda Varma at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam, about 47 kms from Alleppey. This palace museum mainly known for the mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. The 18th century mural Gajendramoksham is located on the ground

Alappuzha Beach :

Alappuzha Beach is a very attractive beach. he Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot, The pier extending into the sea is over 137 years old. One of the great attractions for the visitors here is the lighthouse and the Vijaya Beach Park. The park offers a wde range of entertainment facilities like boating, children\’s park with toy train and bicycles, etc.

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Police Station:

Police Station
Marrarikulam Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala
Tel: 0478 2862391.

Nedumudy Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Pulincunnoo Police Station
Tel :0477 2222222.

Muhamma Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Ambalapuzha Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Nearest Hospital:

St. Sebastian's Visitation Hospital
Arthinkal, Cherthala

Govt. Homoeo Dispencery
Alappuzha, Kerala

KVM Kinder Hospital
Alappuzha, Kerala

St. Rita's Hospital
Thankey, Kadakkarappally P.O
Cherthala, Kerala

Kottayam Medical College
Arpookara, Kottayam, Kerala
Tel: 0481 2597284.

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Contact Address:
The Vicar
St Andrew's Forane Church
Arthunkal P.O., Cherthala
Alappuzha- 688 530
Phone : 0478- 2572374, 2573560

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