The Our Lady of Purification or Kollam Port Church is believed to be one among the Ezhara Palli established by St. Thomas. The first and few other churches were destroyed in sea erosion and the present church was built in 1993, foundation stone laid by HH Pope John Paul II in 1986. The Church is big and well designed by the side of the sea and is almost a pilgrim center. In the year 1984 when I went there for the first time, it was even difficult for the auto driver to locate the church but now it has become popular. Last year after the floods I have been to the church and being a Sunday the church was crowded. Lot of people irrespective of religion visit the church to offer prayers.