Welcome to Kerala - the Land of Green Magic!!

Kerala is a narrow, fertile strip on the south-west coast of India, sandwiched between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. The landscape is dominated by rice fields, mango, cashewnut trees and coconut palms. The Western Ghats, with their dense tropical forests, misty peaks, extensive ridges and ravines, have sheltered Kerala from invaders, but at the same time, have encouraged maritime contact with the outside world.

Some facts about Kerala

State Capital:Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Population : 29,099
Area ('000 sq. km)39
Females per 1000 males (1991) 1,036
Literacy rate (1991) 89.8
Ratio of urban population (1991)26.4
Net Domestic Product(Rs. million at current prices in 1992-93) 15,082
Per Capita Income (Rs. at current prices in 1992-93)5,065
Principal Language : Malayalam


People from distant lands have been coming to Kerala since ancient times. They came in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory. Long before Vasco da Gama led the Portugese to India, the coast had been known to the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs and the Chinese. Enduring contact with people from overseas has resulted in the successful blending of various cultures, which gives the state a cosmopolitan outlook.

The present-day state of Kerala was created in 1956 from Travancore, Kochi (Cochin) and Malabar. Malabar was formerly a part of Madras State, while both Travancore and Cochin were princely states ruled by maharajas. An early concern for public welfare gave Kerala a head start, and resulted in the state being one of the most progressive, literate and highly educated states in India.

For the visitor, Kerala offers an intriguing mosaic of cultures and some unusual ways of travelling around. Perhaps more than anywhere else in India, getting around can be a lot of fun, particularly on backwater trips along the coastal lagoons. It also offers some of the best and most picturesque beaches in India, the one at Kovalam, south of Thiruvananthapuram, being the most popular. Kerala has an amenable, relaxed atmosphere making it a much sought after tourist destination.

Getting around in Kerala...

Tourist Offices


Kerala Tourism Development Corp., Mascot Square, Thiruvananthapuram Tel : 438976


(At national airport) Tel : 451058
(At international airport) Tel : 452298
(At central bus station) Tel : 67224


Tourist Information Counter,
Tourist Deck, Boat Jetty, Cochin
Tel : 371761


Tourist Information Counter,
Railway Station,

Find out more about :

Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)
Cochin (Kochi)
Trichur (Thrissur)
Beaches and Waterfalls
Wildlife sanctuaries

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