St Johns Orthodox Syrian Church, known as Thalapally, is situated at Vakathanam
, 15 km from Kottayam
The church was founded in 1847 and was built in the traditional architectural style. It has a bell tower and a parish hall that can accommodate up to 1500 people. The church also has a well-maintained cemetery. The church meets on every Sunday mornings and on weekdays for Holy Qurbana. It also has evening prayer on Saturdays.