St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam

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St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam
St Andrew's Church Roman Catholic Church, Kovilthottam
Location Kovilthottam, Kollam, India
Country India
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Founded 1398; 619 years ago (1398)
Dedication Saint Andrew
Dedicated 1779
Status Church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Yovakim de Santiago
Style Portuguese Colonial
Completed 1779
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon
Province Kollam
District Kollam
Bishop(s) Stanley Roman

St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam is a historic colonial era Roman Catholic church that is located in the PanmanaChavara panchayat, Karunagappalli taluk, Kollam district, Kerala, India.[1]

Masses are held in English and follow the Roman Rite liturgy.[2]


It was established and first built in 1398, in Portuguese India, it was rebuilt in 1779 by the Franciscan missionary Father Yovakim de Santiago.[3] The church is also a parish church, part of the Diocese of Quilon, established in the 14th century.[4]

The 1779 church was built in the Portuguese Colonial style, and dedicated to St Andrew,[5] the church building was renovated in the 2000s, and subsequently consecrated by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, Stanley Roman in 2006.[3]


Kovilthottam is a small coastal village and a port, between Chavara T.S. canal part of the Kerala backwaters and Arabian sea to its west, it is approachable from Chavara from the iron footbridge. The Church is a popular pilgrimage and tourist destination of Chavara.[6]


  1. ^ Lizzie George (1984). The Catholic Directory of India, 1984. C.B.C.I. Centre. pp. 536, 145. 
  2. ^ "St. Andrew". The Catholic Directory. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Church consecration tomorrow". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 Jan 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2014. Kollam Bishop Stanley Roman will consecrate the renovated Saint Andrew's Parish Church at Kovilthottam, near here, on Friday. The parish church was established in 1398 and the church at Kovilthottam was built in 1779. 
  4. ^ "Parishes". Diocese of Quilon. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  5. ^ Medical Research Council Special Report Series. H.M. Stationery Office. 1971. pp. 54–55. 
  6. ^ "Constituency". Ministry of Labour, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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Coordinates: 8°59′43″N 76°31′24″E / 8.995333°N 76.523219°E / 8.995333; 76.523219