Kerala absorbs an area of 38,863 square kilometer and is located in the southwestern part of India. Kerala was formed in 1956 from sections of the earlier Travancore-Cochin state and the former Madras state, together with much of the Malabar Coast. The state capital is Trivandrum. Kerala may be separated into three geographical regions- Highlands, Midlands and Lowlands. The official language of Kerala is Malayalam. Rice is the staple food of the people. Kerala has an exclusive cropping pattern. It accounts 92 per cent of India's rubber, 70% of coconut, 60% tapioca, almost 100 % of lemon grass oil. Kerala is the sole largest producer of certain crops like banana and ginger.

The average temperature in various parts of Kerala is between 21° C and 32° C. The annual rainfall is about 3000mm. About 60 percent of population is Hindus, 20 percent is Christians and 20 percent is Muslims. Hindus are mainly concentrated in south of Kerala. Christianity was established in Kerala earlier than almost everywhere in the world. In 52 AD, St.Thomas the Apostle is said to have landed on the Malabar Coast , Kodungalloor, where a church with carved Hindu style columns was build. There are 14 districts in Kerala. The official animal is Elephant, Official bird – Hornbill (vezhambal), Official tree – Coconut and the Official flower is the Kani Konna (Cassia Fistula). The important tourist locales in Kerala are:

 
Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the summit point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its significance as a Hindu pilgrim center, it is eminent for its stunning views of sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multihued sand is a exceptional feature of the beach here. The list of attractions in Kanyakumari is endless.

Varkala
Varkala is a beach tourist resort and spa. A small town 55km north of Thiruvananthapuram, it is also a major religious place for the Hindus. According to a legend, sage Narada was approached by a group of holy men who acknowledged to having sinned. Narada threw his valkkalam (the bark of tree which the legendary sages used to wear) into the air, and the place where it landed was consequently named Varkala.
 
Ponmudi
A travel tour to Ponmudi, located in Kerala, South India, is a reliable source of information about the sylvan and hazy loveliness of a forested and breathtaking hill station in Kerala, called Ponmudi, situated in Kerala, South India.
 
Munnar
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is sited at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.


Trivandrum
Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum is an ancient city with folklore dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750.The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or the dwelling of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state of Kerala.
 
 
Thekkady
The pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature's splendor and human modernization, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the banks of the Periyar Lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady.

Kochi
Kochi is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea and the Queen of the Adriatic. It is also referred to as the Gateway of South India. Kochi is the most central city in Kerala. It is the second most important city (after Mumbai) on the western coast of India
 
Allepey
Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the prominent backwater sites of India’s southern state Kerala. Washed by the Arabian Sea, entwined by a number of canals and bridges, this tiny marketplace is also well-known for its Nehru Trophy boat race held every year.
 

 

 
Nelliyampathy
The Nelliyampathy hills are appallingly charming and offer an easy escape from the scorching summer of Palakkad. About 52 kms, South of Nenmara is this cool hill resort. The height of the hills ranges from 467 metres to 1572 metres.

Kovalam
This captivating ribbon of golden sands is secured with the prosperous foliage of coconut palms. An earlier fishing village, Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. It is a wonderful place for tourists all over the world.
 
Arts and Culture
Kerala's inheritance in art and culture dates back to centuries. Extensively applauded as God's own country for its jade calming setting and the fashionable nature of its cultural philosophy - Kerala also prides itself for its collection of rich cultural heritage apparent in a multitude of expressions ranging from classical and ritual to tribal, folk art and martial art forms. Kerala has a stunning legacy of cultural expressions across many art forms and customs. The age-old values lie quiescent in the living traditions of these expressions. The feudal chief and provincial landlords who patronized these visual and devotional arts for centuries were not only cheering them as amusements but were also perpetuation their ethical and moral messages.