Saturday, November 27, 2010

God's own country Kerala





Elephants at Kerala
Kerala famous for Elephants


Backwaters of Kerala
Backwaters of Kerala


Kerala got country's first tourist seaplane service that would enable tourist of Kerala to enjoy the panoramic beauty of the 'God's Own Country' through easy connectivity to distant backwater destinations.
Updates on Kerala:
The service launched on 2nd June, 2013 and was flagged off by the then CM of Kerala Oommen Chandy.
This seaplane service would be between Ashtamudi Lake and Punnamada in Alappuzha.

Banana Tree in Kerala
Kerala known for its Banana plantation (Pic Courtesy Bunty)

Kerala or popularly known as "God's own country" is the southern most state in India. It is located on the south-western region of the country. The state was created on 1st November 1956, with the passing of the States Re-organisation Act bringing together the areas where Malayalam was the dominant language. The state has an area of 38,863 sq km and is bordered by Karnataka to the north, Tamil Nadu to the south and the east and the Lakshadweep Sea towards the west.
Thiruvananthapuram is the largest as well as the capital city of the state Kerala. Kochi and Kozhikode are the other major cities there. Kerala is also known for its many small towns that are scattered across the state, thus creating a higher density of population. From as early as 3000 BC, Kerala had established itself as a major spice trade centre for the country India.
Beautiful road in Kerala
Kerala road, Pic Courtesy Bunty-Photography

History of Kerala
A 3rd-century-BC rock inscription by emperor Asoka the Great attests to a Keralaputra. Around 1 BC the region was ruled by the Chera Dynasty, which traded with the Greeks, Romans and Arabs. The Tamil Chera dynasty, Ays and the Pandyan Empire were the traditional rulers of Kerala whose patriarchal dynasties ruled until the 14th century. The Cheras collapsed after repeated attacks from the neighboring Chola and Rashtrakuta kingdoms. Feudal Namboothiri Brahmin and Nair city-states subsequently gained control of the region.Contact with Europeans after the arrival of Vasco Da Gama in 1498 gave way to struggles between colonial and native interests. By early 16th century, the Portuguese established their domination. They were defeated by the Dutch in 1663, who in turn were forced out of the land by the British East India Company in 1795, bringing the area under British dominion. After independence, the state of Kerala was created in 1956 from the former state ofTravancore-Cochin, the Malabar district of Madras State, and the Kasaragod taluk of Dakshina Kannada.
Banana Plantation in Kerala
Kerala (Pic Courtesy Bunty-Photography)

Major attractions of Kerala
Kerala is a popular tourist destination famous for its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments  and tropical greenery. Kerala has a higher Human Development Index than all other states in India. The state has a literacy rate of 94.59 percent,the highest in India. A survey conducted in 2005 by Transparency International ranked Kerala as the least corrupt state in the country. Kerala has witnessed significant migration of its people, especially to the Persian Gulf countries during the Kerala Gulf boom, and is heavily dependent on remittances from its large Malayali expatriate community.
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