Experience the refreshing and relaxing atmosphere that surrounds Malayattoor, where mountain, river and plain come together to create a soul-soothing canvas. The name Malayattoor is said to have originated from the words “mala” meaning mountain, “arr” meaning river and “oor” meaning place. It is just a couple of hours drive away from Kochi and makes for a pristine weekend getaway. Visit the Malayattoor Church here, a prime pilgrimage destination believed to have been established by St Thomas the Apostle himself. It is located on Kurisumudi — “the hill of the holy cross”. Stories and legends abound regarding St Thomas’s experiences at Kurisumudi many moons ago. But truly, the best thing you could do in Malayattoor is to go on leisurely strolls, savoring the silence and natural beauty all around you.