There are several myths about the origin of Kerala. One such myth is the creation of Kerala by Parasurama, a warrior sage. According to a legend, Parasurama, an avatar of Mahavishnu, threw his battle axe into the sea. As a result, the land of Kerala arose.Kerala has seen the rise and fall of many an empire the Chera Empire, Kalabhra Interregnum, and the Kulashekharas. The arrival of Vasco Da Gama at Calicut in 1498 is another landmark in the history of Kerala. In fact, the Portuguese had a strong impact on the educational and cultural life of the people of Kerala.Each dynasty, each rule and each era has left behind a legacy which is now a part of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. Kerala has several forts, palaces, cemeteries and citadels, some of which are very well preserved and others which still retain an irresistable charm despite the worn down state they are in. Click to view places within each district.
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