Kerala Piravi Day : Gods own Country at a Glance

Author : Dr. Haseena Kabeer


Kerala Day is also referred to as Kerala Piravi (formation )which marks the birth of the state of Kerala in southern India. The state of Kerala was formed on 1 November 1956, long after the Independence of India. Before this, it was three major provinces and several outlying regions under various rulers.

After Independence, Travancore and Cochin were merged on 1 November 1949. Aikya Kerala Movement subsequently caused the reformation of the state on a linguistic basis. As a result, on 1 November 1956, Travancore-Cochin and Malabar merged to form the state as it is now with some taluks of South Canara added. Malabar, Cochin, and Travancore were independent provinces of Kerala before the state was united.

Kerala has a reputation of being, communally, one of the most religiously diverse states in India. .The diverse and pluralistic story of Kerala can be epitomized in the small town of Chendamangalam on the banks of the historic Periyar River in the central Ernakulam district. In this town here is the beautiful view of reliegous harmony , there is a Hindu temple to the South, a Muslim mosque to the East, Christian church to the West and a Jewish synagogue to the North. They are all within one kilometer of each other. 

Kerala, with its quiet beaches and lush vegetation, vibrant culture, and exotic beauty can satisfy the craving of any traveler. So, here are the twenty  Kerala tourist places to enjoy Gods Own Country. From the picturesque view of Kumarakom to the rustic surroundings of Kalpetta. From the tranquillity of Poovar to the hustle and bustle of Kochi. Kerala is a perfect mix of rich history and contemporary metropolis served on the platter of enchanting natural beauty. In addition to the rich natural environment, Kathakali will make you dance while the famous Ayurvedic spa will awaken your senses. This southern state has something for everyone in its store. Making justice its title, Gods Own Country. Whether you are planning a family trip or a honeymoon, a trip with friends, or just a trip alone; Kerala will not be a disappointment for anyone.

Kerala’s northern territories were included in the Malabar Presidency – Thalassery, Kannur, and Kasaragod. The Middle section was governed by the princely state of Cochin, while the southern section was governed by the state of Travancore.

Following India’s independence and its partition into India and Pakistan in 1947, Travancore and Cochin were combined on November 01, 1949, becoming Travancore-Cochin (Thiru-Kochi). Further on the reorganization of the state on a linguistic basis was prompted by a movement called Aikya Kerala Movement.As a result, South Madras, Travancore-Cochin and Kasaragod taluks merged into Kerala on November 01, 1956, along with the Malabar district of Madras.

The  rich history and Kerala’s exotic natural beauty that it adorns the nickname “God’s Own Country.” Despite the variety of religious traditions within it, its longstanding tolerance and embracement of religiously ideological diversity has made that nickname ring true for every religious Keralite. 

It is more important now than ever to be mindful of the lessons of these histories because religious intolerance and injustice is proliferating at an alarming rate within India. The historical and contemporary examples of the harmonious interweaving of cultures and religious traditions for thousands of years make me proud to be from there. (The author has his own study and views)