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Nilakkal Declaration 2012 . International Conference Programme details . International Ecological Conference- Papers presented Vol-1

(A Joint Ecumenical Project of Catholic, Orthodox, Jacobite, Marthoma & CSI Churches)








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Kerala is one of the smallest states in the Indian union. Its area 38,855 square kilometers is just 1.3 percent of the total area of India. The land of Kerala comprises the narrow coastal strip bounded by the Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west. Like Kashmir in the north, Kerala in the south is famous for its breath-taking natural beauty. With its evergreen mountains, dense forests stately palms, swift flowing rivers, extensive backwaters and blue lagoons, it looks like a fairyland. Kerala is gifted with lovely beaches, hill stations, stunning backwaters, refreshing greenery, wildlife, bird sanctuaries and rich culture. Kerala Backwaters is the most popular tourist attraction in India. From elephants to colourful butterflies, Kerala is overflowing with the wonders of nature. Throughout the world, Kerala beaches are renowned for their breath taking beauty. God’s own country has become a popular tourist destination for both domestic and foreign travellers.


Nilakkal St Thomas Ecumenical Centre Trust showed the world how to foster unity among different churches, giving due respect to the interests and sentiments of other religious faiths. When St. Thomas established seven churches during his missionary work in India, the Nilackal Church was one among them. The Nilackal Ecumenical Centre is a joint ecumenical project of Catholic, Jacobite, Orthodox, Marthoma and CSI Churches.
The Church and the Centre is situated near the famous Sabarimala Shri Ayappa Shrine, in Kerala. The Centre has 40 furnished bath attached double rooms, conference halls, dining hall and kitchen. As the centre is in the middle of forests, it is an ideal place for ecological programmes and ecological conferences. The Nilackal St.Thomas Ecumenical Centre Trust is planning to make the centre an International Ecological Study Centre.