Kerala Kerala a state in Southern India, is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide, sandy beaches. Kerala is also known by Gods own Country. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush, green vegetation and reaches the Arabian Sea. Kerala borders the states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north. It is also known for its backwaters, mountains, coconuts, spices and art forms like Kathakali and Mohiniattam. It’s the land of diverse religions, where you can find hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues. The people of Kerala speak Malayalam. Most well-educated people are able to speak Tamil, Hindi and English. Kerala has a wide range of topography from high altitude mountains to golden beaches, and is criss-crossed by 44 rivers. The wild lands are covered with dense forests, while other regions lie under tea and coffee plantations or other forms of cultivation. Most of the state is engulfed in rich greenery. Kerala has a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year. The Monsoons ( June-September and October-November) and summer (February-May) are the seasons markedly experienced here. Flora and fauna of Kerala are hugely supported by the rich soil, heavy rainfall and damp climate. All these factors have given rise to a diverse variety of flora in the region. Kerala is one of India’s most progressive states in terms of social welfare and quality of life. The State boasts of one of India’s highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates. Enjoying a unique cosmopolitan viewpoint, the people here, at all levels of society, have greater access to services and opportunities - as well as a greater say in their governance. Traditional clothing of Kerala reflects the simplicity and
inherent lifestyle of Malayalis. Most of the people of both genders commonly wear white attires. The main dresses which individuals wear are highly traditional. The form of costume worn by the people like Neriyathu and Mundu has a white cloth piece having golden zari borders representing royalty for men and women. Now a days men prefer wearing mundus and shirt, while women prefer wearing Kerala sari. Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices”. The cuisine is rather spicy and offers a large platter of opportunities for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. Generally, meat based dishes are all very spicy while vegetarian food is comparatively milder on the tongue. The food is traditionally served on a clean green banana leaf and eaten with one’s fingers. Boiled rice is a staple dish and is eaten with all sorts of gravies and curried accompaniments. Kerala has been through a period of strong growth with one of the highest per-capita income and poverty levels are extremely low compared to elsewhere in India. Agriculture is highly focused on high value cash-crop cultivation such as rubber, tea, coffee, spices and coconut plantations. Tourism is now a booming industry in Kerala, and accounts for a significant part of the state’s economy. In addition, Kerala has a very powerful service sector such as banking & financial services, education, medicine & healthcare, entertainment, real estate, retail, logistics and trade, which drives the economy in a very big way.
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