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Kerala

Kerala, the ‘god’s own country’ is a land of waving palms, sandy beaches and luxuriant green vegetation. The first state which made tourism an industry, this land of awe-inspiring beauty is one of the major tourist destinations in India, thanks to its Ayurvedic spas, eco-tourism, golden beaches and high altitude mountains. Kerala was formed on 1, November, 1956 by joining Malayalam speaking areas in India as per the State Reorganisation Act.  Located on the Malabar Coast of South-West India, the state is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the south and east and Arabian Sea to the west. Often termed as ‘keralam’ by natives, the state derived its name from the Sanskrit word, ‘Kera’, which means coconut and Dravidian word,‘ Alam’, which means land or place. The name exemplifies the fact that kerala is well known for the coconut trees it grows.

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Known as the melting pot of diverse cultures and civilizations, Kerala’s history often constitute whispering tales about Portuguese traders, Chinese merchants, Jewish settlers, Muslim merchants and Syrian Christians. Despite the colonial interruptions, kerala is the birthplace of beautiful art forms like Kathakali, Thullal, Koodiyattam and Mohini Attam, martial arts like kalarippayattu, traditional Hindu worship rituals like Theyyam and Christian classical art forms like Margam Kali and Chavittu Nadakam. In terms of education, kerala boasts of being the highest literal Indian state. Even the social lifestyle, education and healthcare of kerala are much higher compared to its neighbours that it is in parity with the developed nations. Termed as one of the ‘ten paradises of the world’ by the National Geographic Traveller magazine, kerala is also blessed with a diverse ecology. The state is one of the wettest areas on earth, thanks to the heavy rains which kerala experiences all through the year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerala

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Facts On Kerala

Capital Thiruvananthapuram
Area 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi)
Latitude North latitude between 8o 18` and 12o 48`
Longitude East longitude between 74o 52` and 77o 22`
Coastline 550-km Arabian Sea
Population 34.8 million (2012)
No. of District 14
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor P Sathasivam
Rivers Periyar, Bharathapuzha, Pamba, Chalakudy, Kallada
Forests & National Park Periyar National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park
Neighbours State Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Lakshadweep
State Animal Elephant
State Bird Great Hornbill
State Tree Coconut
State Flower (Kanikonna) Golden Shower Tree Flower
Assembly constituency 140
Parliamentary constituency 20
Climate Summer (Mid-February to Mid-may)

Monsoon (Mid-may to early September)

Winter (Mid-October to early February)

Spoken Languages Malayalam, Konkani, Tamil, Tulu, Kannada, Hindi
Clothing Required Light loose cotton for summers, Umbrellas and rain suits for monsoon
Best Time to Visit October to March
Major Festivals Onam, Vishu, Navarathri, Deepavali, Maha Shivarathri, Christmas, Easter, Miladi Sherif, Ramadan, Bakrid, Thiruvathira
Tourist Attractions Kochi, kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Alappey, Wayanad, Kollam, Kottayam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Thrissur, Munnar, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Ponmudi, Bekal Fort, Alappey Backwaters, Kovalam Beach, Kumarakom, Silent Valley National Park, Athirappily Waterfalls, Vagamon