WELCOME TO KERALA - GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
Kerala a small state tucked away in the south west of
India, looks almost insignificant on the map of India. But it is one of the most beautiful states of India with the greenery of Switzerland, the canals of Venice, the beaches of Brazil all packed into this tiny strip of land.
Kerala with slightly more than 1% of Indian landmass has
about 3% of its population. In fact it is so densely populated that it
is often considered as one big metropolis. Kerala has always set the
standard for the rest of the country in many a social index. It is the
first (and only ) state in the country to be 100% literate, no mean feat in a country where the average literacy rate is only 52%. Kerala also has the lowest birth ,death , growth and infant mortality rates in the country. The 2nd state in the country to be 100 % electrified, Kerala also has one of the highest communications coverage in the country. Kerala had the first democratically elected communist government in the world in 1957.
The history of Kerala extends back to about 1000 B.C. Legend has it that Kerala rose from the sea , when Parasurama , an incarnation of the
Kerala has a rich religious tradition. It has one of the oldest Synagogues
in the country. Christianity and Islam reached its shores within a few
years of their founding. Both these religions have contributed in no small
way towards the cultural vibrancy of the state. Despite a heavy religious
mixture , Kerala has displayed high religious tolerance and has enjoyed
a level of communal harmony that is the envy of many
other regions of India.
|The capital of Kerala is the small, beautiful sleepy city of Thiruvananthapuram, also know as Trivandrum. The southern most district of Kerala , Trivandrum is famous for its Kovalam beach,rated one of the best in the world. A very elegant city ,Trivandrum is one of the cleanest in the country. The Napier museum, Zoo , Padmanabha Swani Temple , Kanakakunnu Palace and the resort of Ponmudi are the other places of interest in Trivandrum. Being India's 5th international airport and an important railway junction , Trivandrum is well connected and is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.||
Kerala is rich with a variety of art forms. Perhaps the most
famous is the dance form of Kathakali . There are other famous art forms like theyyam, thullal, krishnanattam, oppana, thiruvathirakkali, mohiniattam, margamkali and panchavadyam.
Kerala has also produced world famous painters like Raja
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