The Chera Dynasty had ruled in two different time-periods. The first Chera dynasty had ruled in Sangam Era while second Chera dynasty had ruled from the 9th century AD onwards. We get to know about the first Chera dynasty through Sangam Text. The area ruled by Cheras included Cochin, North Travancore and Southern Malabar. Their capital was Vanchi Muthur in Kizhanthur-Kandallur and Karur Vanchi.The capital of later Cheras was Kulashekarapuram and Mhdayapuram. The insignia of Cheras was bow and arrow. The coins released by them had a bow device engraved on them.
He has been recorded as the first King of the Cheras. Following his defeat with Cholas, he had committed suicide.
Senguttuvan was the most illustrious ruler of the dynasty. He was the hero of famous Tamil Epic Silapathikaram. He had sent first embassy to China from South India.
Karur was his capital. His navy was the best in the world.
Second Chera Dynasty
Kulashekhara Alwar, established the second Chera Dynasty. His capital was Mahodayapuram. The last Chera King in the second Chera Dynasty was Rama Varma Kulashekhra. He ruled from 1090 to 1102 AD. After him Chera dynasty ended.