"Kerala" comes from two words: "Kera" + "Alam". ("Kera" means coconut
(tree) and "Alam" means land or location). The State of Kerala was
formed by the amalgamation of three regions: the Kingdom of
Thiruvithamcoore (Travancore), the Kingdom of Kochi (Cochin), and the
Province of Malabar. A must see tourist spot in Kerala is Kumarakom.
and Kochi, former princely states, were merged to form Thiru-Kochi on
July 1, 1949. Malabar was merged with Thiru-Kochi to form the State of
Kerala on November 1, 1956, based on the recommendations of the State
Reorganisation Commission set up by the Government of India.