About Thomas The Apostle
Thomas the Apostle, also called Judas Thomas, Doubting Thomas, or Didymus, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is perhaps best known for disbelieving Jesus' Resurrection when first told of it, then proclaiming "My Lord and my God" on seeing Jesus. By tradition it is held that he went to India to preach the gospel there.
According to Indian Christian tradition, St. Thomas landed in Kodungallur, Kerala in AD 52, in the company of a Jewish merchant Abbanes (Hebban). There were Jewish colonies in Kodungallur since ancient times and Jews continue to reside in Kerala till today, tracing their ancient history.
Seven and Half Churches (Ezharappallikal)
St Thomas the Apostle, after landing at Kodungallur, established seven and half churches or Christian communities. These churches are known as Seven and Half Churches or Ezharappallikal. These churches are located in different parts of Kerala.
This tour programe is arranged to visit all the Seven and half Churches established by St Thomas.