Historic Kingdom and Region, Kerala


From Tam: tiru ‘eminent’, ‘prosperous’;  vāḻum , ‘prosperity’, ‘happiness’; and kōṭu, ‘(fortified) place’, ‘stronghold’.

The kingdom of Travancore was named  after Thiruvithamkodu in present-day Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. 

It ruled most southern parts of Kerala (and the southernmost tip of Tamil Nadu) from about 1729 until 1949 when it  became the state of Travancore and Cochin.

In 1956 it merged with Malabar to become the state of Kerala.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Kerala place names.


Flag of the Kingdom of Travancore

Flag of the Kingdom of Travancore          Washiucho