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Kothamangalam
Kothamangalam is a stunning town in the mountains of Kerala, India. Kothamangalam is now of the most important pilgrim centres of Kerala, with a dozen church buildings, half a dozen ancient temples & a few sacred mosques. The place is spiritually glorified by the ancient Thrikariyoor Temple, mosques, St. George Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church (Marthamariyam Valiyapally) & Spoil Thoma Cheria Pally.

Kothamangalam was a place of prominence in the coursework of the rule of the First Chera Dynasty, the dynasty that ruled Kerala from around 300 BC to the first millennium. Cheras were also called Kothai.

The Siva temple at Thrikkariyoor dates back to the early centuries of first millennium. Thrikkariyoor also has of the earliest Brahmin settlements in Kerala. Chelamalai, near Bhoothathankettu in Kothamangalam is regarded by some as the Summer Palace of Cheras. Stone ruins are found there and Nanangadis (Burial urns) have been excavated from the place.

Egyptian coins of 7th and 8th century were recovered from places near Kothamangalam in 1962. The ancient trade route to Madhurai was also through Kothamangalam.
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