About HH Maharaja Kerala Varma Kasiyil Theeppetta Valiya Thampuran, Cochin (1851 - 1853)
Veera Kerala Varma (1851-1853)
He was the younger brother of Rama Varma (1851-1853). He was of the opinion that before becoming the ruler he should visit different places in India and improve his ruling capability. For this he started of as soon has he became the king. He visited Coimbatore, Banglore, Pune, Indore in 1853 and reached Kashi and also planned to visit Calcutta, Puri, Jaganadh, Madras (Chennai) and Rameshwaram. But he couldn't fulfill his wish as he had a severe attack of chickenpox and left for his heavenly abode while he was in Kashi in the year 1853 February(1029 Kumbha 12th). He was intelligent, cool tempered, scholar and well versed with English language. The people of Cochin thought that during his reign Cochin would prosper but due to his early death people were very much in sorrow. He is also known as Kashiil Theepeta Thampuran.