With lush greenery, towering mountains, exotic beaches and incredible backwaters- Kerala is blessed with nature’s bounty. The unique geographical features of this place have made it the tropical paradise of the country. Famous as God’s own country, Kerala has always been a favourite destination of globetrotters. Here are a few amazing facts about Kerala:
1. Land of Ayurvedic Healing
Being the tropical paradise of India, the flora of the state is loaded with medicinal plants that are widely used for facilitating natural healing. This is the only state in India where Ayurveda, the ancient science of natural healing, is a mainstream medicine practice. People from all across the globe come to Kerala to experience the healing power of Ayurveda.
2. Elephants and Culture
Elephants are one of the integral parts of the cultural heritage of Kerala. Here, you will find a great number of domesticated elephants. These animals are highly respected and are considered divine. That is why you will see that elephants are widely used during religious festivals and any other celebration in Kerala.
3. Highest Female to Male ratio
This is the state with the highest female to male ratio in India. According to the census of 2011, the female sex ratio in Kerala is higher than the overall national average. As per the census, there are 1084 females per 1000 males.
4. Highest Life Expectancy
Even the life expectancy is also highest in Kerala. According to the 2011 census, the national life expectancy rate is 65.6% while in Kerala, this rate is 75.1%.
5. Highest Literacy rate
Kerala is the first state in India to reach a literacy rate of 100%. The administration in Kerala takes active measure in educating each of its citizens.
6. History of Kerala
The word Kerala was first found in an ancient 3rd Century BCE rock inscription of the Maurya Dynasty. Kerala was the home to the Sultanate of Mysore ruled by Hyder Ali. The Kingdom of Travancore , which was ruled by the Royal Family of Travancore was turned into a princely state in the early 19th century and later, in 1949, was renamed as Kerala. As per the States Recognition Act of 1956, the three states Travancore, Cochin and Malabar were united to form the state of Kerala.
7. Economic Facts about Kerala
Kochi, also known as Cochin, is the major port in Kerala and is also referred as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. The major industries of this state include Cashew, coir, handloom , spices, sericulture, mining and tourism. 91% of total rubber produced by India is actually produced in Kerala. Apart from that ,Kerala accounts for total 35% rubber, 32% of tea, coffee and paddy; and about 100% of Lemon grass oil production in India.
8. First Teak Plantation
Do you know that the first teak plantation in the world was established in Kerala? Conolly’s plot, the oldest Teak plantation in Nilambur was started by the British. Also, the first Teak museum is also located here.
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