Flanked by the Arabian Sea in the West, the towering Western Ghats in the East and networked by 44 interconnected rivers, Kerala is blessed with a unique set of geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. A long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, are just a few of the wonders that await you once you crossover to the other side. And what's more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other - a singular advantage no other place on the planet can offer.

Kerala prides itself for being the flag bearer for not just how a culture can respect its past but also march forward with growth & progress as well. Hundred percent literacy, world-class health care systems, India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates are among a few of the milestones that the people of the state are extremely proud of.

Thrissur

Thrissur is a city in the south Indian state of Kerala. It's known for sacred sites and colorful festivals. In the center is Vadakkumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and adorned with murals. The ornate, Indo-Gothic Our Lady of Dolours Basilica is nearby. To the north, Thiruvambady Temple is home to several elephants. Sakthan Thampuran Palace houses an archaeology museum with bronze statues and ancient coins.


Geography

Kerala is divided into three geographical regions: Highlands, which slope down from the Western Ghats onto the Midlands of undulating hills and valleys into an unbroken 580 km long coastline with many picturesque backwaters, interconnected with canals and 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 which ensures a very calming experience at all times.

Seasons

Bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year, Kerala is a tropical land where one can relax and be at ease. The Monsoons (June-September and October-November) and summer (February-May) are the seasons markedly experienced here, while Winter is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-32°C. The generally pleasant climate prevalent here is what our guests end up loving.

People and Life

Kerala's history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprints on this land in some form or the other and that has helped us mould and design our own special way of interacting with the world.

History

Bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year, Kerala is a tropical land where one can relax and be at ease. The Monsoons (June-September and October-November) and summer (February-May) are the seasons markedly experienced here, while Winter is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-32°C. The generally pleasant climate prevalent here is what our guests end up loving.

Location

Kerala is situated on the southwestern coast of India, a country in South Asia.

Districts

Major Cities

Thiruvananthapuram

Kollam

Kochi

Thrissur

Kozhikode

Major Cities

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport

Cochin International Airport (CIAL),Nedumbassery

Calicut International Airport, Karipur

Kerala At a Glance

Basic Facts

Date of Formation

:

November 1, 1956

Area

:

38,863 Sq. Km.

Capital

:

Thiruvananthapuram

Principal language

:

Malayalam

State Festival

:

Onam

State Animal

:

Elephant

State Bird

:

Hornbill (Bensyrus Bicernis)

State Flower

:

Kanikkonna (Cassia Fistula)

State Tree

:

Coconut Tree ( Cocos nucifera)

Geographical Data

:

North Latitude between 8018’ and 120 48’ East longitude between 740 52’ and 770 22’

Neighbouring States/UTs

:

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Lakshadweep is.

Demography

Population (2001)

:

3,18,41,374

Male (2001)

:

1,54,68,614

Female (2001)

:

1,63,72,760

Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males)

:

1058

Population density (2001)

:

819/ Sq. Km.

Urban Population (2001)

:

8266925 (26%)

Rural Population (2001)

:

2357449 (74%)

Decadal growth rate (2001)

:

9.43

Scheduled Caste population (in million)

:

3.12

Scheduled Tribe population (in million)

:

0.36

Maternal mortality ratio 2001-03 (SRS 2007)

:

110

Crude Birth Rate (SRS 2008)

:

14.6%

Crude Death Rate (SRS 2008)

:

6.6%

Total Fertility Rate (NFHS-111)

:

1.9

Infant Mortality Rate (SRS 2008)

:

12

Life expectancy

:

71

Male life expectancy

:

71

Female life expectancy

:

73.62

Per capita income

:

Rs. 27,048

Literacy

:

90.92 %

Male literacy

:

94.20 %

Female literacy

:

87.86 %

Administration

Districts

:

14

Revenue Divisions

:

21

Taluks

:

63

Villages

:

1453

Panchayats

:

999

Development Blocks

:

152

District Panchayats

:

14

Assembly Seats

:

140 + 1 Anglo Indian Nominee

Loksabha Seats

:

20

Rajyasabha Seats

:

9

Municipalities

:

53

Municipal Corporations

:

5

Contonment

:

1 (Kannur)

Township

:

1 (Guruvayoor)

Educational Districts

:

38

Sub Educational Districts

:

161

Universities

:

7+ 2 Deemed Universities

District wise Details

District

Area Sq. Km

Population

Head Quarters

Thiruvananthapuram

2192

32,34,356

Thiruvananthapuram

Kollam

2579

25,85,208

Kollam

Pathanamthitta

2731

12,34,016

Pathanamthitta

Alappuzha

1256

21,09,160

Alappuzha

Kottayam

2204

15,53,646

Kottayam

Idukki

4998

11,29,221

Painavu

Ernakulam

2408

31,05,798

Kochi

Thrissur

3032

29,74,232

Thrissur

Palakkad

4480

26,17,482

Palakkad

Malappuram

3548

36,25,471

Malappuram

Kozhikode

2345

28,79,131

Kozhikode

Wayanad

2132

7,80,619

Kalppatta

Kannur

2997

24,08,956

Kannur

Kasargod

1961

12,04,078

Kasaragod

Total

38863

3,18,41,374

 
Agriculture Scenario (2005-2006)

Total cropped area

:

27,68,737 ha

Net area sown

:

21,05,070 ha

Area sown more than once

:

6,63,667 ha.

Land put to non agricultural uses

:

4,49,003 ha

Cropping intensity

:

131

Barren & uncultivated land

:

25,826 ha.

Permanent pastures and grazing land

:

95 ha.

Land under miscellaneous tree crops

:

4,593 ha.

Current fallow

:

83,454 ha.

Fallow other than current fallow

:

45,644 ha.

Cultivable waste

:

91,093 ha

Forest

:

10,81,509 Ha.

Gross irrigated area

:

4,55,310 ha.

Net area irrigated to net area sown

:

18.41%

Gross irrigated area to gross cropped area

:

16.44%

Irrigated area under paddy to total irrigated area

:

40%

Production of Rice

:

5,28,000 MT

Productivity of Rice

:

2,308 Kg./Ha.

Area under paddy cultivation

:

2.29 lakh ha.

Production of Milk (2006-07)

:

22.48 Lakh tonnes

Production of Egg (2006-07)

:

1,379 Million

Production of Meat (2006-07)

:

205.21('000 Metric tonnes)

General

Seat of High Court

:

Kochi

Highest Populated District

:

Malappuram

Lowest Populated District

:

Wayanad

Largest District

:

Idukki

Smallest District

:

Alappuzha

Longest River

:

Periyar

Highest Peak

:

Anamudi

Largest Kayal

:

Vembanad Kayal

National Highways

:

8 (1524 Km)

Road Length

:

1,73,592 Km

Railway Route

:

1,148 Km.

Airports

:

3 (Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode)

Regional Passport offices

:

4 (Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode and Malappuram)

Annual rainfall

:

3,428.4 mm (2006)

Forest Area (2001 census)

:

15,560 Sq. Km

Major Religions

:

Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Number of Post Offices (2007-08)

:

5,070

Number of Telephone Exchanges

:

1,242

Number of Rivers

:

44

Number of navigable rivers

:

41

Total length of Inland water ways

:

1,687 Km