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Vallarpadam

Vallarpadam is one of the several islands in Kochi (Cochin), situated in the Vembanad lake. The International Container Transshipment Terminal of the port is situated entirely on Vallarpadom. Vallarpadam is connected by the Goshree bridges with the city of Ernakulam(high court junction) and Vypin island.

The Vallarpadam Church is a famous centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts of Kerala and outside, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of Mary, the mother of Jesus, popularly known as "Vallarpadathamma". The Vallarpadam church (Our Lady of Ransom), is one of the major basilicas of the Catholic.

The church was declared the status of a basilica on February 12, 2005. Portuguese missioners built the church in 1524. According to tradition it was once known as the church of the Holy Spirit. The church was destroyed in a flood in the late 17th century and a new church was established on the same spot in 1676.

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