Kerala Piravi marks the birth of the state of Kerala. The state of Kerala was created on November 1st, 1956. November 1st is therefore known as Kerala Piravi Dinam(day) in the state. Malayalees from around the world celebrate November 1st as Kerala Piravi, which in Malayalam means the Day Kerala was formed in the earth. Kerala the southern most state of India took birth on 1 November 1956, long after Indian Independence on 15 August 1947. Beforehand it was three Independence provinces named Malabar, Cochin and Travancore. Kerala originally got its name after the first ruler, Keralian Thamboran, who ruled one of these Independent provinces in the early Centuries.
Kerala Stretch along from Gokarnam to Parasala with Arabian Sea as the border on one side. The other border is the western Ghat with the richness of flora and fauna.
According to the Hindu Myth Parashurama, the Sixth Incarnation of Mahavishnu (The God-Lord), created Kerala. Parasurama flung his "Mazhu" (axe) from Kanyakumari (cape comerin) to the sea and the sea receded and formed the land Keralam.
Kerala is a 560-km long narrow stretch of land. At the widest, Kerala is a mere 120-km from the sea to the mountains. Gracing one side of Kerala, are the lofty mountains ranging high to reach the sky. And on the other side the land is washed by the blue Arabian Sea waters. The land is covered with thick dense tropical forest, fertile plains, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and an astounding 44 glimmering rivers. Kerala's exotic spices have lured foreigners to her coast from time immemorial.
Earlier, Kerala was made up of three distinct areas. 'Malabar' as far up the coast as Thallashery,Cannanore and Kasargode with a tiny pocket-handkerchief French possession of Mahe nearby which was returned to India in the early 1950's and is now administratively part of Pondicherry. This area belonged to what was once called the Madras Presidency under the British. The middle section is formed by the princely State of 'Cochin'; the third comprises 'Travancore', another princely State.
The modern Kerala is divided into fourteen Districts with Trivandrum as the State Capital. Kerala is the first place in the world where a Communist Ministry came into power by General Election in 1957. Kerala was formed by Parashurama the sixth incarnation of lord Mahavishnu. 2010 marks the 54th Anniversary of Kerala Piravi.