Malayattoor or Malayattur is a village in Angamaly of the North Eastern corner of Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala in South India. The name `Malayattoor’ is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattur is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.
Malayattoor – Location
Located 52 km from Kochi, the Malayattur Church is situated atop the 609 m high Malayattur Hill. The church is dedicated to St. Thomas, who is believed to have prayed at this shrine.
One of the most important Christian pilgrim centers in Kerala, this holy shrine attracts devotees in very large numbers not only from Kerala but also from the neighboring states. This famous church is situated at Kurisu mudi, a verdant hill in the Western Ghats girdled partially by the River Periyar.
This region is in the foothills of the western ghats. Spices like nutmeg and crops like tapioca, snake beans, areca nuts are also planted. Also rubber plantations are plenty in number. These spices are then exported and foreign revenue is thus generated.
Also various herbs are available in the forests which are used for making ayurvedic medicines. Bamboo corporation, crusher units are the major industries operating in this area. Heavy vehicles like tippers and lorries are a common sight.
Malayattoor – Flora and Fauna
Malayattur forest division in Ernakulam offers opportunities for sightseeing as well as enjoying outdoor activities, owing the presence of rivers and historical shrines in the vicinity. Rare species of birds and animals are the highlights. Flora of the mountain reserve encompasses evergreen and semi evergreen forests.
Malayattoor – Tourism
Athirapilly, Vazhachal are some 25 kilometres from this place. This attracts tourists from all over Kerala.Also the international shrine of Malayattur welcomes a huge number of pilgrims. Kalady famous as the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya is also popular among the tourists as it is some 10 kilometres from Malayattur. Mahogany Thottam is also a scenic place nearby. Abhayaranyam (elephants are trained) is also near and is a place of interest.
Cochin International Airport (Nedumbassery) is about 18 kilometres from Malayattoor.