Arthunkal St. Andrew’s Basilica Church
The St. Sebastian's Feast will be celebrated at the St. Andrew's Forane Church, popularly known as the Arthunkal Church, in January. The 17-day-long feast of the 16th century Catholic Church built by Portuguese missionaries . It is the first Basilica of Alleppey diocese and the seventh Basilica in Kerala. The church is also the first parish in Alleppey diocese.
The festival celebrated every year on January 27 attracts a lot of people from near and far. Arthunkal Church was elevated to the status of Basilica in July 2010. The festival will conclude on January 27 with a procession of the Saint’s statue taken out to the beach. Sabarimala pilgrims too visit the church during their pilgrimage. It is widely believed by devotees that Lord Ayyappa and St. Sebastian are brothers.
January 10th 2013 to january 27th 2013.
Arthunkal is located about 45 kilometres to the south from Kochi and 22 kilometres to the north from Alappuzha, in Cherthala Taluk. The nearest Railway station is Cherthala.