Kerala: God’s Own Country
The name “Keralam” comes from two words: “Kera” + “Alam”. (“Kera” means coconut (tree) and “Alam” means land or location). The State of Keralam was formed by the amalgamation of three regions: the Kingdom of Thiruvithamcoore (Travancore), the Kingdom of Kochi (Cochin), and the Province of Malabar.
Keralam is a state in India. It is located on the south-western region of the country. It was created on 1 November 1956, with the passing of the States Reorganisation Act bringing together the areas where Malayalam was the dominant language.
The state has an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) 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 capital and largest city of Keralam. Kochi and Kozhikode are the other major cities. Keralam is also known for its many small towns that are scattered across the state, thus creating a higher density of population. There are 44 rivers flowing through Keralam, most of them are small and entirely fed by the Monsoons. The Keralam Backwaters, an interconnected system of brackish water lakes and river estuaries, lies behind the coast and runs virtually the length of the state.
Keralam is a popular tourist destination famous for its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery. Keralam 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 Keralam as the least corrupt state in the country. Keralam has witnessed significant migration of its people, especially to the Persian Gulf .
The National Geographic Traveler has quoted Keralam as India’s most verdant state with one of the world’s 50 “must see” destinations. “The god who made Keralam had a green thumb”, true to the popular Malayali saying, Kerala’s rich resources have long attracted visitors from across the oceans. It is in fact here that the first seafarers set foot on Indian soil.
Keralam, God’s Own Country, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. A state with 100% literacy, world standards of health, and a hard working, determined, dedicated population is always setting standards in all most all the spheres of its activity. In more modern times the Keralites have migrated in large numbers in search of employment to several foreign countries like United States, Malaysia and Singapore in South East Asia as well as to several countries of Africa and West Asia. The professionals of Keralam are among the most wanted experts in the fields of medicine, Information Technology etc.