Located in the extreme south of India, the state of Kerala stores some unique attractions that make it one of the most visited states of the country. Natural beauty, clean air and prehistoric greenery amidst the vast expanse of water and sky, typifies the state of Kerala – better known as God's own country. The state is endowed with palm-fringed beaches, luxuriant hill stations, captivating beaches, emerald paddy fields, historical churches and more of all scenic backwaters. These fascinating attractions can be easily explored by booking an Excursion India Tour Package. Visit this state once and you will surely love it.
Kerala was first mentioned as Keralaputra in a 3rd-century. The area have been settled for at least six thousand years but its existence was not recorded in writing until the third century BC, on a rock announcement by Ashoka The Great, who ruled over much of India at that time. It has a long history of international trade and diffusion by new religions, beginning with Hinduism. Over the last two thousand or more years, Kerala exported ivory, peacocks, sandalwood and spices in exchange for goods such as gold. Therefore, until 1947, Kerala under British rule was divided between two different kinds of jurisdiction: that of Malabar, ruled directly by the British as part of the Madras Presidency; and that of the princely states of Travancore and Cochin.
The people of Kerala are very talented and down to earth. They like to live in their own world of straightforwardness and originality. They are known as "keralites", because they are natives of Kerala. Kerala people are very sternly protective about their religion and ancient practices. They are proud of their culture and can go to any lengths to preserve them. The lifestyle of Kerala people is straightforward and they seem happy with simple pleasures of life.
Hinduism is the major religion with large percentages of Muslims and Christians. Christianity has a lengthy history in this state, as it is believed that the first missionary from Europe landed on the coast of Kerala in the first millennium. Kerala has almost 100% literacy and this has resulted in high health care and health awareness among the people. Here, child death is lowest among Indian states and is comparable to those of developed countries. The women in the state enjoy high social status mainly due to the historical matrilineal system whereby properties etc are transferred to females. Higher education and equal opportunities have further strengthened women's status in Kerala’s society.
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