Information about Kerala

State Information
ISO Code KL
Vehicle Code KL
Capital Thiruvananthapuram
Largest City Kochi
Formation Date Nov 1, 1956 (60 years ago)
Population 33,406,061
Area 38,863 km2
Official Languages Malayalam
Other Official Languages
Information about the name Kerala
Name in State Language കേരളം (Malayalam)
Meaning of the name Land added on or Land of "Cheras" or Land of Coconut Trees
Additional Information There are two main theories about the derivation of "Kerala". (1) According to Hindu mythology, parts of Kerala were created by Lord Parasurama, who reclaimed the land from the sea. Hence the name is derived from chernna ("added") and alam ("land"), hence the Sanskrit keralam, "the land added on". (2) The Chera dynasty, which ruled most of Kerala from the 1st to the 5th centuries AD, gave its name to the region; chera alam later became Keralam. This is often disputed in academic circles because the word Kerala existed even before the rule of Cheras. One of Ashoka's inscriptions describes Keralaputra as a land on the Mauryan border.
Information about Chief Minister of Kerala
Name of the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Chief Minister since May 25, 2016 (1 year ago)
Party Name Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Information about Governor of Kerala
Name of the Governor P. Sathasivam
Governor since Sep 5, 2014 (3 years ago)