The Marthoma Pontifical shrine is a major pilgrim centre that comes under the Muziris Heritage Project. The church, also known as Marthoma Pontifical shrine, on the banks of the River Periyar is located about 6 km from Kodungallur, in the village of Azhikode in Kerala. It is believed that St. Thomas , the apostle landed in Kodungallur on November 21st, 52 A.D. He is believed to have formed seven churches in Kerala, the first one being in Kodungallur itself. The bone of the right arm of St. Thomas was brought from Ortona in Italy and enthroned in the present Pontifical shrine. From then on, the shrine at Azhikode has been a great pilgrimage centre attracting thousands from all around the world, irrespective of caste and creed.
The 'Marthoma Smruthi Tharangam' derived from Sanskrit language which means 'the creation of waves of memories regarding St. Thomas' adjacent to the shrine, offers a memorial presentation of the mission of the Apostle. A 3500 square feet mansion built in the Indo-Persian style presents the major episodes in the life of St. Thomas. This programme of 30 minutes duration uses the aid of modern computer technologies and audio visual theatrical effects.