India States and Capitals - Kerala

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Kerala is a state on the Malabar Coast of India. Spread over 38,863 km Kerala is the 21st largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.

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Kerala General Information

Kerala has the lowest positive population growth rate in India, the highest literacy rate. the highest life expectancy, 77 years; and the highest sex ratio, 1,084 women per 1,000 men. Kerala is the second-least impoverished state in India according to the Annual Report of Reserve Bank of India. The state has the highest media exposure in India with newspapers publishing in nine languages, mainly English and Malayalam. Hinduism is practised by more than half of the population, followed by Islam and Christianity.

Kerala GEOGRAPHY

The state is wedged between the Lakshadweep Sea and the western ghats. Pre-Cambrian and Pleistocene geological formations compose the bulk of Kerala's terrain. The country's longest lake Vembanad, dominates the backwaters; it lies between Alappuzha and Kochi. The chain's forests are considered to be older than the Himalaya mountains. Kerala's western coastal belt is relatively flat compared to the eastern region and is criss-crossed by a network of interconnected brackish canals, lakes, estuaries and rivers known as the Kerala Backwaters.

Kerala CLIMATE

With around 120–140 rainy days per year,Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate influenced by the seasonal heavy rains of the southwest summer monsoon and northeast winter monsoon.The "Arabian Sea Branch" of the Southwest monsoon first hits the Western Ghats, making Kerala the first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest monsoon

Kerala ECONOMY

The state's service sector which accounts for around 63% of its revenue is mainly based upon hospitality industry, tourism, ayurveda & medical services, pilgrimage, information technology, transportation, financial sector, and education. Kerala's economy depends significantly on emigrants working in foreign countries, mainly in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, and the remittances annually contribute more than a fifth of GSDP.

Kerala Food

Rice is a dominant staple that is eaten at all times of day.A majority of the breakfast foods in Kerala are made out of rice, in one form or the other (idli, dosa, puttu, pathiri, appam, or idiyappam), tapioca preparations, or pulse-based vada. Popular snacks include banana chips, yam crisps, tapioca chips, Achappam, Unni appam and kuzhalappam. Thalassery biryani is popular as an ethnic brand. Lunch dishes include rice and curry along with rasam, pulisherry and sambar.

Elephants

Elephants have been an integral part of the culture of the state. Almost all of the local festivals in Kerala include at least one richly caparisoned elephant. Kerala is home to the largest domesticated population of elephants in India—about 700 Indian elephants, owned by temples as well as individuals. These elephants are mainly employed for the processions and displays associated with festivals celebrated all around the state

Kerala Monuments

Standing tall along the shores of the Arabian Sea, Bekal Fort is where majestic architecture meets history. Spread over 40 acres of land, it is the largest fort in Kerala. Edakkal caves, Poonjar Palace, Thalassery Fort, Thrikkakudi Rock-Cut Temple are some of the other monuments

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Vineeta Thomas has extensive experience in the education section. She has worked in the spaces of community development and action research. She has extensive exposure to training teachers from the Corporation schools and low-income private schools.   She has worked with parents, students, and school leaders on various skill development and leadership programs. She also writes as a freelancer in the area of parenting and child development.    Currently, working as a Program Manager, she helps develop, curate, and deliver teacher training workshops across the country to empower educators with 21st-century skills.

She has worked with parents, students, and school leaders on various skill development and leadership programs. She also writes as a freelancer in the area of parenting and child development.  


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