Culture of Kerala

When we hear someone say 'Kerala', so many beautiful sights cross our mind. Famed as God's Own Country, Kerala is at the forefront in setting high standards in social justice, gender equality, health and education in the country.

In ancient times, Kerala was considered to be a part of Tamil Nadu. Scholars opine that the development, growth and transformation of the Dravidian Language gave way to the birth of Malayalam Language. The literature of Kerala can be traced back to the 13th century. The Malayalam literature initially consisted majorly of poems and songs (pattu).

Malayalam was designated a "Classical Language of India" in 2013. The word Malayalam originated from the words mala, meaning 'mountain', and alam, meaning 'region' or '-ship' (as in "township"); Malayalam thus translates directly as 'the mountain region'.

The culture of Kerala has developed over the past millennia, influences from other parts of India and abroad. It is defined by its antiquity and the organic continuity sustained by the Malayali people. Modern Kerala society took shape owing to migrations from different parts of India and abroad throughout Classical Antiquity.

Kerala showcases a culture unique to itself developed through accommodation, acculturation and assimilation of various faculties of civilized lifestyle.