Situated between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, on the northern part of Kerala, modern day Malabar covers the geographical area north of River Bharathapuzha. It includes parts of Thrissur district, the districts of Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod. Legendary for its spices, coir and coconuts, it has attracted traders from across the world for centuries. Its history can be traced to the rule of the Cheras until their fall in the 12th century. Trade relations with the world would flourish in these times along with cultural innovations that are visible to this day. From cuisine to clothing, Malabar has played an integral role in shaping Kerala into what it is today.
According to tradition, Christianity in Kerala was founded by Saint Thomas the Apostle, who landed on the Malabar Coast, at Maliankara near Cranganore (Kodungallur), in 52 AD. On his arrival the Apostle converted several families, and founded seven churches: Maliankara (Kodungallur or Cranganore), Palayur, Kottakavu (North Parur), Kokamangalam (Pallipuram), Niranam, Chayal and Kollam (Quilon). The Kunnamkulam Malabar Diocese oversees the parishes of the Malabar region of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church. At present there are 68 parishes 8 congregations and 26 mission fields under the diocese administration.
The Diocese is run under the guidance and supervision of Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa. Rev. K. V. Cherian serves as the Diocesian Secretary and Mr. P. M. Samuel servers as the Trustee for the Diocese. The Kunnamkulam Malabar Diocese strives faithfully to witness the healing presence of God and spread the good news of love mainly through its mission work, educational institutions and other social empowerment activities that the Diocese is deeply involved in, to help our brothers and sisters of our Great Nation, India, to be Lightened to Lighten.