St Xavier Church


14.3/5(10 Ratings)

St Xavier Church Overview

Ranked 10 of 30 sightseeing in Kanyakumari

St Xavier Church was built by St Francis Xavier in the 1600s, in Kottar of Nagercoil. St Francis Xavier was a priest from Goa, who frequented Kottar. He was known by the name ‘Valiya Pandaram’ among the masses.

According to history, St Francis Xavier helped to avert the Padagas from invading Travancore. The king granted him a plot at Kottar, which had housed a church earlier. St Francis Xavier built the church on the site adjacent to the Church of St. Mary.

St Xavier Church was later renovated in 1865 and the Church of St. Mary was taken over. In the year 1930, St Xavier Church rose to the status of a Cathedral.

In 1942, a tower to honour St Francis Xavier was constructed. A grotto for St. Mary and a minor shrine for St. Ignatius were also constructed within the premises of this cathedral.  In 1955, the church was again renovated and the Chapel of St. Mary was added to this church.

Annual celebrations are conducted at St Xavier Church during November – December which last for about 10days.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
8:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Valan A s

Valan A s4.3/5

11 reviews

Built long back, also a pilgrimage

This Cathedral is the Arch Diocese Church of historic importance. This place had the first church built by St Xavier some 400 years ago. This is a very big pilgrimage centre for all caste and religion people.

Kamalesh Sengupta

Kamalesh Sengupta5.0/5

8 reviews

Feels blessed

Whenever I visit Kanyakumari I also attend this place to have blessing of the Almighty. Here I get peace by seeing this place as maintained cleanly and heavenly.

Sahaya Punida mary

Sahaya Punida mary3.9/5

5 reviews

Place of relief

For the sickness of spirit, church is the best place. When you visit here all your problems and trouble end. Along with the other, famous churches out there. This is also one of the special churches

Sindhuja Suyambu

Sindhuja Suyambu4.3/5

105 reviews

I had a great time in this church!

St. Xavier Church is located in Kottar, Nagercoil. It is well maintained. Church festival is for 10 days from Nov 24 to Dec 3 every year. Special mass on these days are organised. On the last 2 days a lot of street shops are opened on roads. That leads to a lot of traffic congestion.



10 reviews

Well managed by the authorities

A very nice place for christian people. Well arranged and managed by the authorities.



8 reviews

This Is a Must See Place

I visited the Church in the month of December. The place is very neat and clean and good feelings came up from my heart when I visited the place.

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