Kerala’s name comes from the Malayalam word keralam meaning ‘abode of coconut trees’. The state was known as Travancore until 1956. In 1957, it became the first Indian state to adopt socialism.
Kerala is bordered by Karnataka to the north, Tamil Nadu to the south-east, Andhra Pradesh to the south-west, and Lakshadweep Islands to the west.
The capital city of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram.
The official language of Kerala is Malayalam, although English is widely spoken.
Kerala is home to several ancient temples including Sabarimala Temple, Guruvayoor Temple, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Sree Krishna temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, etc.
Kerala has been called the “Land of God’s Own People”.
Kerala is famous for its backwaters, beaches, wildlife, food, festivals, and Ayurveda.
Kerala is the only state in India where the majority of people follow Hinduism.
Kerala is the only place in India where Christianity is not practiced.
Kerala is the only Indian state whose coastline touches both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
Kerala is the only southernmost state in India.
Kerala is the only South Asian country to have never been colonized by any European power.
Kerala is the only Muslim-majority state in India.
Kerala is the only major state in India without a railway line.
Kerala Piravi was the name given to the state of Kerala in southern India at its inception. Kerala Piravi Day or Kerala Piravi is celebrated every year on November 1st to commemorate the anniversary of Kerala becoming an independent state in 1956. Previously, Kerala was divided into four regions: South Canara, Malabar, Cochin, and Travancore.
Malayalis enthusiastically commemorate the state’s birthday and spread knowledge of Kerala’s past and present. Keralans dress traditionally on this day, with men donning dhotis and shirts and ladies donning Kerala saris and Settu Mundus. Educational institutions hold Malayala Bhasha Vaarams, or language-based competitions, to promote Kerala’s culture and history through debates, skits, plays, and quizzes.