First in Kerala

KR Narayan, First President of India from Kerala

First at anything has a special place in the memory of people. It allows others to dream and excel in things which were considered unachievable or unimaginary. Kerala has its fair share of firsts in polity, sports, arts, movies, media and many more. And here I have compiled the list of such firsts in Kerala.

Polity and Administration

  • First Chief Minister of Kerala:   EMS Namboodiripad
  • First Governor of Kerala:   Dr B Ramakrishna Rao
  • First Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly:  R Sankaranarayanan Thampi
  • First Congress Chief Minister of Kerala:   R Sankar
  • First Malayalee Chief Justice of Supreme Court: Justice KG Balakrishnan
  • First Chief Justice of High Court of Kerala: KT Koshi
  • First Indian President from Kerala: KR Narayanan
  • First woman minister: KR Gauri Amma
  • First Education Minister: Joseph Mundassery
  • First Female Magistrate: Omana Kunjamma
  • First Female Member of Parliament from Kerala: Aani Mascreen
  • First child friendly panchayath in Kerala : Nedumbassery
  • First e-literate panchayath in Kerala : Pallichal (Thiruvananthapuram)
  • First baby friendly District in Kerala : Eranamkulam
  • First coastal police station in Kerala : Neendakara

Also read: First and Famous Women in Kerala

Arts and Culture

  • First Malayalam Movie: Vigathakumaran
  • First Malayalam Movie with sound: Balan
  • First Malayalam Color Film: Kantam Becha Cot
  • First Malayalee Oscar winner: Rasul Pookutty
  • First Malayalam Novelist: Appu Nedungadi
  • First Malayalam newspaper: Rajya Samacharam
  • First Malayalam News magazine : Kavana Kaumudi


  • First English School : Mattancherry (1818)
  • First College in Kerala: CMS College, Kottayam (1840)
  • First University in Kerala: Kerala University
  • First Medical College in Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram
  • First Engineering College in Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram
  • First Library in Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram


  • First Olympian from Kerala: Suresh Babu
  • First Footballer Olympian from Kerala: Thenmadathil Mathew Varghese (also known as Thiruvalla Pappan)
  • First Sports Council President : Col. Godavarma Raja

Science and Technology

  • First Hydroelectric project in Kerala: Pallivasal
  • First windmill electric station in Kerala: Kanjikkottu (Palakkad)
  • First Diesel electric project in Kerala: Brahmapuram

Transport and Communication

  • First railway service in Kerala: Thirur (Beppur)
  • First electric train in Kerala: Ernakulam (Shornnur)
  • First airlines service in Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram (1935)
  • First radio station in Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram


  • First Mosque in Kerala: Cheraman Juma Masjid
  • First Jew church in India: Mattancherry

Flora and Fauna

  • First Forest Reserve in Kerala : Konni
  • First National Park in Kerala: Eravikulam
  • First wildlife sanctuary in Kerala : Periyar wildlife sanctuary
  • First Bird Sanctuary in Kerala : Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
  • First Zoo in Kerala : Thiriuvananthapuram Zoo
  • First Bio-Village in Kerala : Udumbannoor

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