Kodungallur is a municipality in the South Western border of Thrissur district of Kerala, India. Kodungallur is 29 kilometres (18 mi) northwest of Kochi and 38 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Thrissur, by National Highway 66. The region is specially important in the history of India as a major trade centre popularly known as Muziris in the erstwhile Cheracountry.
Road network connects Kodungallur to other towns and cities. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Sub Depots plies buses to almost all places in Kerala. The nearest railway station is the Aluva Railway Station in Ernakulam district (28km).
Located 3.1 km from CRAFT, Cheraman Juma Masjid is believed to be the first ever Mosque built in India (in 629 AD by Malik Deenar, an Arab propagator of Islam). This auspicious place of worship is in Methala of Kodungallur Thaluk. The mosque houses an ancient oil lamp which keeps on burning continuously. It is believed to be more than a thousand years old. People of all religions bring oil for the lamp as an offering.
Situated around 2.1 km away from CRAFT Hospital, Kodungallur Devi temple is a Hindu temple revered world over and dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali, who is also called “Kodungallur Amma” (The Mother of Kodungallur). An iconic temple which has so many fascinating stories and mythologies associated with its name hosts the widely popular Bharani festival in the months of March-April.
The distance between CRAFT and this famous fort situated at Kottapuram is 5.6 km. This popular tourist destination, which was built in 1523, now goes by the name - Kodungallur Fort. With a chequered history which has witnessed so many conquests and conflicts, both from within the country as well as oversees, Kodungallur Fort stands tall proudly even today, narrating a glorious chapter in Indian history. Zamorin of Calicut, Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali, Ramavarma Dharmaraja are some of the illustrious names who have held control of this fort in various time periods.
Christ's apostle St Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St.Thomas Church established by him houses ancient relics. St. Thomas is portrayed in the gospels as a courageous and challenging personality. He had preached the gospel from Ethiopia to China. Many a church in West Asia considers him as the father of its faith. At Kodungalloor, he established the first Christian church in India and is the architect behind other Churches in Kerala: Kodungallur, Kottakkavu, Palayur, Kollam, Kokkamangalam, Niranam and Nilackal. Other places of interest nearby Kodungalloor include Cheramanparambu, the ancient Thiruvanchikulam Temple, and the Portuguese Fort.
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