Kerala Varma III

Karkidaka Masathil Theepeta Thampuran (died August 1828) (regnal name: Kerala Varma III), popularly known as Virulam Thampuran, was an Indian monarch who ruled the Kingdom of Cochin from 1809 to 1828. British protectorate was confirmed on 6 May 1809 when Virulam Thampuram was the ruler.

Kerala Varma III
Maharaja of Cochin
ReignJanuary 1809 — August 1828
Coronation6 May 1809
PredecessorRama Varma X
SuccessorRama Varma XI
DiedAugust 1828
Vellarapally Palace, Puthiyedam, Kaladi, now India
DynastyCochin royal family


Kerala Varma III ascended the throne on the death of his brother Rama Varma X in January 1809. Four months after his accession, British protectorate over Cochin was confirmed and the kingdom was inducted as a princely state of British India.

The early part of his reign witnessed the rebellion of the Paliath Achan Govindan Menon against British interference. Govindan Menon was eventually captured and exiled to Madras and later, Bombay. He died in captivity in 1832. Govindan Menon was replaced as Diwan with Kunhikrishnan Menon (1809–12), who was succeeded by John Munro (1812–15) and Seshagiri Raya (1815–30). Mattancherry, Thrippunithura and Alleppey were garrisoned with British troops to prevent further insurrections and remained till October 1809. The town of Fort Cochin was ceded to the British by the convention of 1814. A zilla court functioned in Cochin from 1812 to 1817.

Kerala Varma had a deep interest in philosophy. He died in August 1828 and was succeeded to the throne by his nephew who assumed the title Rama Varma XI.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rama Varma X
Maharaja of Cochin
Succeeded by
Rama Varma XI