Christianity, in India was considered have its origin in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where many of the famous India churches still exist today. It was recorded in history that Apostle Thomas has set foot in Kodungallur, Kerala somewhere around 1st century; who built the famous ‘Seven Churches’ there. He also helped Christianity spread rapidly to other Indian states.

Of the famous Churches in South India, Mar Thoma Church at Kodungaloor in Kerala is one of the seven churches built by St. Thomas, and is considered to be the first Catholic Church in India.

Occupying the position of the most famous church in India is the San Thome Basilica. Built by the Portuguese at Santhome in Chennai around 16th century, it was later made into a cathedral by the British around 1893 and then into a Basilica around 1896. This India Church has beautiful stained glass depictions around it showing various stages of the life of St. Thomas in glory and splendor, and also contains a statue of Virgin Mary, that traces it origin to Portugal.

The quest for South India Churches cannot end, without the mention of Velankanni Church, located at Velankanni, Tamilnadu. This is the most visited pilgrimage center for Christians across the nation and world too. It is no wonder that the highest echelon of the Catholic community, the Pope, called it a ‘holy city’ after all.

Among the most notable Churches in North India, the most popular is the Holy Christ Church of Shimla, located at Ridge Ground; this beautiful yellow colored Church is visited by tourists across the world and has even appeared in many Bollywood movies.

St. John’s Church located about four to five kilometers from the popular ‘Peace of Mind Spot’ in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala is considered the oldest of the Cathedrals in North India. It was built around 1852. There is an absolute virginity associated with this Church-it is completely surrounded by Deodar trees and in a natural atmosphere.

Coming to the most famous Catholic Church in India, ‘Basilica of Bom Jesus’ located at Panjim, Goa, is considered one of the most sacred and preserved. It is here that the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are preserved and kept for public viewing. When ever the Church puts up the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier for public display, a large number of visitors and pilgrims throng the Church. This church is accorded the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO.