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About Kerala

Kerala is acknowledged as one of the top tourist destinations globally. It is a small strip of land at the southern part of India between 8° 18' and 12° 48' north latitude and 74° 52' and 77° 24' east longitude. It extends over an area of 38,863 sq. km with a coastline of 580 km. On the western side of the state is the Arabian sea and it shares border with the state of Karnataka at the north and the rest of Kerala shares it border with Tamil Nadu.

Kerala is divided into three geographical regions:

  1. Highlands
  2. Midlands
  3. Lowlands

The Highlands is a part of the Western Ghats (also known as the Sahyadri) which rise to an average height of 900 m. It is 18,650 in area and accounts for 48 percent of the total land area of Kerala. Anamudi (2694 meters), the highest peak in India after the Himalayas, is in the Munnar division of the Western Ghats. Most of the rivers of Kerala originate from the Western Ghats.

The Midlands, lying between the mountains and the lowlands with an area of 16,200, is made up of undulating hills and valleys

Lowlands are also known as the Coastal Area. It covers an area of almost 4000 Kuttanad region of Kerala is one of the very few places in India where cultivation is done below sea level. Water is the main mode of transportation in these areas.

Kerala has 44 rivers which 41 are west flowing and 3 flow east. Apart from these 44 main rivers, their tributaries and distributaries and a countless number of streams and rivulets crisscross the land making it green and fertile and also serves as inland waterways. Apart from these rivers, Kerala is bestowed with a number of lakes and backwater lagoon which add to the beauty of the land.

Kerala Basic Facts

Capital of Kerala





38,863 sq. km (15,005 square mile)

Districts in Kerala

14, Thiruvanathapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikkode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasaragod.

Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 Males)


Major Religions

Hinduism, Christianity, Islam

Location of Kerala

8° 18' & 12° 48' north latitude and 74° 52' & 77° 24' east longitude.Kerala is located in the south west corner of India.

Rivers of Kerala

44 - (41 west-flowing and 3 east-flowing)

Forest Area


Major Agricultural Produce

Spices, Rubber, Coconut, beverages like coffee, tea

Official Animal


Official Bird

Hornbills ( Vezhambal )

Official Flower

The Indian laburnum ( Kanikkonna )

Official Tree

Coconut Palm

Tourist Attractions

Natural Beauty, Ayurveda, Backwater cruises, Cultural diversity, Art forms, Snake-boat races etc...

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