The History Of Kerala

Historically, Kerala dates back to the Stone Age and is closely connected to Dravidians and Aryans. Throughout the centuries, the Malabar Coast of Kerala has served as a major trade hub, influencing the culture and history of the state. There have been a lot of interactions between different cultures, religions, and languages throughout Kerala’s history.

A lot of religions have influenced the region, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, and Islam. Some of the most powerful kingdoms in Kerala were the Cheras, the Zamorins, the Aryans, and the Travancore Rajas. This unique combination of cultures, religions, and languages makes Kerala’s architecture and art a must-see. Murals, temples, and metalwork are famous in Kerala.

Kerala’s cuisine, which combines Indian and international ingredients and cooking styles, is also famous for its culture and music.

As a result, Kerala is full of both traditional and modern elements, making it a unique place to explore. There’s a lot to love about Kerala, from its vibrant festivals to its flavorful food to its ancient healing practices.

There’s a lot to do in Kerala, from exploring ancient temples to visiting wildlife sanctuaries to exploring art galleries and experiencing the culture. There are also a bunch of accommodations options, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly homestays, so it’s easy to find something for everyone.

The invasion of foreigners

The time of foreign mediation began in 1498, when Vasco da Gama arrived near Calicut. A decade after Marthanda Varma rose to Venad authority, Dutch expansionist structures were squashed at the Battle of Kolachel. The zamorin (innate ruler) of Calicut ruined their attempt to gain sway. Ultimately, Marthanda Varma incorporated Travancore’s southern territory into Venad.

In 1757, he united with the raja of the focal territory of Cochin, which helped it survive against the zamorin. The southern part of the previous Travancore-Cochin state was connected to Tamil Nadu. Two years after Indian freedom was achieved in 1947, Cochin and Travancore were joined together as Travancore-Cochin state.

Kerala After 1947, Modern History of Kerala

When British rule ended, Kerala was a collection of princely states and British provinces. The northern regions were part of the Madras Presidency, which included Dakshina Karnataka or South Canara and the Malabar District. Kerala was either part of the Kingdom of Cochin (PerumpadappuSwaroopam) or Travancore. When India became independent in 1947, Kerala was in this situation.

The Malabar district and South Canara became Indian districts when the Madras Presidency became a state of the Indian Union. Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the Iron Man of India, set out to integrate princely states at this time. Kochi was one of the first princely states to join the Indian Union, but it took a serious threat of protests to convince Travancore to join.

General Election

Kerala has been democratic since 1948. During the colonial era, Travancore had the first Legislative Council in India. The council was formed in 1888 to make laws. There were six official members and two non-official members on the council. Later on, the council was expanded, given more powers, and got more functions. A Legislative Council was formed in Cochin State in 1925, and it was gradually reformed later. Following the transfer of power in August 1947, Travancore had a popular government formed. 

Two years before the Indian Constitution came into force, Travancore was the first state to hold a general election based on universal adult franchises. 97 seats were won by the Travancore State Congress, 8 seats by the Travancore Muslim League, 14 seats by the Travancore Tamil Nadu Congress, and one seat was won by a non-party candidate. People in the Malabar region elect their representatives to the Madras Legislative Assembly and the Central Legislature based on property rights. So elections weren’t new to Travancore.

Statewide elections were held from 10th December to 5th January 1952 under the Republican Constitution. The Indian National Congress fielded candidates in all constituencies. They wanted to prove their strength in Travancore. They wanted to prove their strength. The election commission approved a list of 26 symbols and laid down rules for assigning them. 14 symbols were reserved for All India Parties. In total, there were 108 constituencies, out of which 97 were single-member and 11 were two-member. Over 50 lakh people voted. There were three national parties, the Indian National Congress, the Socialist Party, and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, four state parties, Kochin Party, Thiruvitamkur-Kochin Republican Praja Party, Thiruvitamkur-Tamil Nadu National Congress and Tamil Toilers Party, two unrecognized registered recognized parties, Kerala Socialist Party and Tamil Nadu People Front, as well as 199 independents. Communist Party candidates took part as independents even though it was banned.

The formation of Kerala as a linguistic state

It was done for the Malayalam speaking population’s rights, for the language and culture, for recognition of the region’s unique history, and for the sake of preserving its heritage. Kerala State was created on July 1, 1949, when Travancore and Cochin were joined under the Indian government. 

An overview of Kerala's travel history

Kerala is a popular tourist destination in India and is known for its backwaters, lush green landscapes, and vibrant culture. It has a long history of trade and travel, as it was once a major trading port in the ancient world. Its various trading partners included the Chinese, Romans, Arabs, and Europeans. This long tradition of trade and travel has left an indelible mark on the culture of Kerala and has helped shape the state into the tourist destination it is today.

God's Own Country Campaign

In 1989, Walter Mendez, Creative Director of an Indian advertising agency, coined the tagline “God’s Own Country” after the Kerala Tourism Department requested it. Through this, agencies showcase Kerala’s natural beauty and unexplored places throughout the state. God’s Own Country is a campaign to promote tourism in Kerala. It’s based on Kerala’s natural beauty, culture, and traditions. In just a few short years, the campaign has helped put Kerala on the map as one of the best tourist destinations.

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