Why Kerala got the name “God’s own country”?

Kerala, the most beautiful state on the southern tip of India is a major tourist destination in the country. The National Geographic’s Traveller magazine names Kerala as one of the “10 paradises on the world” and “50 must-see destinations of a lifetime”. Kerala is better known as “The God’s own Country”. It is a slogan projected and advertised by the Kerala Tourism department for the promotion of Kerala’s highly tourism potentialities.

One may ask why Kerala is called “the God’s own country”. The question is genuine. But no one can supply a single word answer for the same. A lot of reasons can be attributed for the adoption of the catchy title. But before answering that, I wish to brief you certain facts related with the title “God’s own country”.

“God’s own country” is a phrase used by New Zealanders to describe their homeland. Some other countries, mainly Australia and some American regions also adopted it. But the phrase is largely associated with New Zealand. The text in this regard appeared in Wikipedia reads thus: The earliest recorded use of the phrase as applied to New Zealand was as the title of a poem about New Zealand written by Thomas Bracken. It was published in a book of his poems in 1890, and again in 1893 in a book entitled Lays and Lyrics: God’s own country and other poems. God’s own country as a phrase was often used and popularized by New Zealand’s longest serving Prime Minister, Richard John Seddon. He last quoted it on June 10, 1906, when he sent a telegram to the Victorian Premier, Thomas Bent, the day before leaving Sydney to return home to New Zealand. “Just leaving for God’s own country”, he wrote. He never made it, dying the next day on the Ship Oswestry Grange.


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