The ‘Madre De Deus’ Church popularly known as the Vettukad Church, is a major pilgrim centre situated 7 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Vettukad is a coastal village lies near to Veli. The church is believed to have been established by the missionary St. Francis Xavier.
The annual celebration here is called the ”Feast of Christ, The King”. The feast is celebrated across ten days concludes with a grand feast. Every year the last day of feast celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of November. Various religious rites are carried out during the festival days. On the last Saturday of the feast, the image of Christ the King is taken out in a large colorful procession. A solemn high mass, sermons and benediction mark the final day. Thousands of devotees from all faith pay visit this place during the feast.
The nearest railway station to the Church is Thiruvananthapuram central at about 7 km. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is about 3 km from Vettukad Church. The KSRTC provide special services to this place on the last three days of the festival when Express trains stop for one minute at the nearby Kochuveli station. Buses and hired cars regularly ply from Kovalam to Vettukad Church and weekends are particularly filled with tourists
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