Palayur Church is located at a distance of 28 km from Thrissur
on the Thrissur-Guruvayoor
route. It was established by St Thomas, the Apostle. The church has been upgraded to the status of archdiocesan in April 2000. Services include Sunday masses, muppittu njayar, novena at Thaliyakulam after the mass on all Tuesdays and baptism at Thaliyakulam.
The main entrance of the church is decorated with 14 granite life size statues of various scenes from the life of St Thomas. The jubilee door in front of the entrance to the main hall of the church portrays various important biblical events, carved in Burmese teak.
Local attractions include Historical Museum, Boat Jetty (Bottukulam) and Thaliyakulam, where St Thomas baptized the local people.
Thrissur Railway Station is the nearest railway station. The closest airport is Cochin International Airport. The important events found associated with Palayur Church are
Palayur Mahatheerthadanam, Muppittu Njayar, Thukharana Thirunal and Tharpana Thirunal.