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Kerala History | Kerala Culture

  
  
One of the oldest states to start the international trade, history of Kerala had seen a number of ancient rulers like Ashoka and then the modern colonial rule. People of all cast and creed inhabit the state who celebrates the rich culture of arts and traditional dance performances internationally acclaimed.

Ancient History of Kerala

The history of Kerala started with the developments during the Ashoka period during the 3rd century BC and then began with the Chera dynasty which flourished with the spice trade with the Arabs, Greeks and Romans. The Chola and Rashtrakuta empire thereafter took over the reign of Kerala and did much of the trade.

In the year 1498 Vasco Da Gama discovered the state which gave way to the Europeans into the state. The 17th century marked the dominance of the Britishers and the state was formed in the year November 1, 1956 after the independence of India. Malabar District, Tranvancore Cochin and Kasargod were merged to form the state of Kerala.

Traditional Culture of Kerala

The Keralite culture is very rich in dance performances and traditional music. A very ancient dance tradition known as Koodiyattom has been officially recognised by UNESCO. Kathakali and Mohiniattam are widely and hugely recognized Indian classical dance forms from Kerala.

The clothing of men includes the popular mundu, a loose piece of cloth wrapped around men's waists. Women typically wear the long sari.

Also check out for the traditional Kerala Food and watch out for the Fairs and Festivals in Kerala that forms an intrinsic part of the culture of Kerala.

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