Kuravilangad is a town located in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India. The town is situated in the Meenachil Taluk, about 22 km north of Kottayam, and is the largest town in the northenpart of Kottayam district.It includes entire kuravilangad panchayath and areas like kattampack, kappumthala, vakkad, kurianad, mannakkanad, elakkad and kalathoor. Kuravilangad is known as “The Vatican of India”. Kuravilangad is also known as “Kizhakkinte Lourde”, “Kuravilla Naad”, “Kuravilla Angadi”.
The church at Kuravilangad was constructed in the third century, just one hundred years before Constantine declared Christianity as the official religion in the Roman Empire.
The land is blessed by the esteemed presence of St. Mary’s Forane Church.According to tradition prevalent in Kuravilangad the church was founded in 345 A.D It is believed, Mother Mary’s first appearance in the world, was in Kuravilangad. Our Lady appeared to a few children at Kuravilangad, who were tending their flock in the bushes. Our Lady asked them to build a church at the place from where a miraculous perpetual spring sprouted, a spring which exists even today. The children reported the events to the elders and a church was built there. The church is noted for its old bell, which contains inscriptions belonging to some unknown script. Another significant artifact is a model of a ship made from wood. Read More – Source: wikipedia