KERALA

Location 每 South Western India

Size of Kerala State 每 15000 Square miles 9 360 miles long, up to 75 miles wide.

Climate 每 Tropical (Temperature range of 75 to 89 degree F).  with monsoon season from July through September. 

Population 每 32 Million.  Number of Rivers 每 44

Languages 每 Malayalam and English.  Major cities 每 Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut. 

Crops 每 Rubber, Pepper (40% of the worlds supply) cardamon, coffee, tea, cashews, rice, bananas, coconuts, areca nuts. 

Literacy rate 每 90 percent.  Religion 每 58% Hindu, 21% Muslim, 21% Christian

Wildlife 每 Two main National Parks and numerous refuges protect elephants, tahrs, sambars, gaurs, tigers and leopards.  Airports 每 Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut

Flights 每 Silk Air (Singapore) Sri Lankan Airlines (Colombo), Kuwait Airways, Gulf Air, Oman Airways, Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways.   

 

  A Short Description about Kerala.

 

Kerala was celebrated as a Paradise Found 每 one of the ten in the world.  A perfect description for a land renowned as God*s Own Country.  What adds to the charm of its backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic health holidays, hill stations, wildlife, festivals, monuments and vibrant art forms, is its amazing social development indicates that are on par with the developed world.

Kerala is a very easy place to simply sit back and enjoy.  The name means ※ land of coconuts§ and the palms shade nearly the entire state from the tropical sun; many call the beach at Kovalam the best in India; visitors can spend a day riding small ferries through the backwater lagoons or watching elephants cavort in the wildlife sanctuaries; the spicy food may be the best vegetarian cuisine on the planet. 

But the real reason to visit Kerala, which lies at the south western tip of the subcontinent, is for the intellectual adventure: Kerala is a bizarre anomaly among developing nations, a place that offers real hope for the future of the Third World.  Consider the small state in India, through not much larger than Maryland, has population as big as California*s and a percapita income of less than $ 300.  But its infant mortality rate is low, its literacy rate among the highest on the earth, and its birthrate below Americas and falling faster.  Kerala*s citizens live nearly as long as Americans or Europeans.  Though mostly a land of paddy-covered plains, statistically Kerala stands out, as the Mount Everest of social development, there*s truly no place like it. 

In the mornings, from nearly anywhere in Kerala, you can hear loud music from the hindu temples, wailing muezzins at the mosques, and church bells ringing at the cathedrals.  Religious tolerance is just one reason for Kerala*s success.  The state government has effected sweeping land reforms and spends almost half of its budget on health and education.  Kerala is a place to meander: simply take a car from trivandrum or cochin out to almost any village and spend a day wandering the dikes between the rice paddies and rubber trees, seeing how half the world still lives, men and women stooping to cut rice with sickles, or spreading coconut along the road to dry, water buffalo wallowing in the irrigation ditches, every inch of ground cultivated.  Every small field lined with palms.  A place where little is wasted.  It*s also a place that works and in poor, rural Asia, that alone would make Kerala a paradise.  The breeze rustling the palm fronds is just a bonus.  

 

 

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