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Subject : Kerala
 
Content : KERALA IS A NARROW STRIP OF LAND TUCKED AWAY IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF INDIA.IT LIES BETWEEN THE HIGH WESTERN GHATS IN THE EAST AND THE VAST ARABIAN SEA IN THE WEST.THESE HIGH MOUNTAINS HAVE SHELTERED KERALA FROM INVADERS FROM THE REST OF INDIA.

THE TALL EXOTIC COCONUT PALM DOMINATES KERALA'S LANDSCAPE IS ALSO ITS ECONOMY.IT'S EVEN SAID THAT THE LAND DERIVED ITS NAME "KERAM" THE COCONUT PALM.

KERALA IS A LAND OF RIVERS AND BACKWATERS.MORE THAN 40 RIVERS SPRING FROM THE MOUNTAINS.THE BACKWATERS FROM AN ATTRACTIVE AND ECONOMICALLY IS AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF KERALA.

THE PRESENT DAY STATE OF KERALA WAS CREATED IN 1956 FROM TRAVANCORE,KOCHIN AND MALABAR,WHICH WAS FORMELY PART OF MADRAS STATE.THE PEOPLES SPEAK MALAYALAM WHICH 100'S OF YEARS AGO WAS DERIVED FROM TAMIL.

THE MOUNTANIOUS REGION OF THE STATE IS DOMINATED BY THE RANGES OF SAHYA MOUNTAINS(WESTERN GHATS) WHICH RISE TO AN AVERAGE HEIGHT OF 1520MTRS.WITH A NO.OF PEAKS TOWERING OVER 2400MTRS.THIS IS THE AREA OF DENSE FORESTS,WILDLIFE SANTUARIES AND MAJOR PLANTATIONS OF TEA, COFFEE,RUBBER, CARDAMOM AND OTHER SPICES.THE MIDLANDS, LYING BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE LOW LANDS MADE UP OF FERTILE HILLS AND VALLEYS GROW A VARIETY OF CULTIVATED VEGETATION-TAPIOCA,BANANA,MANGO,COCONUT,CASHEWNUT, PLANTAIN,PEPPER,GINGER,PADDY AMONG OTHERS.THE LOWLANDS OF THE COASTAL AREA,MADE UP OF BACKWATERS AND THE SHORES OF ARABIAN SEA IS ESSENTIALLY A LAND OF COCONUTS AND PADDY.

LONG BEFORE AS THE THIRD CENTURY B.C.,EGYPTIANS,CHINEESE AND BABILONIANS HAD TRADE RELATIONS WITH KERALA.IN 1948 VASCODAGAMA LANDED IN KERALA, WHO CAME IN SEARCH OF SPICES,SANDALWOOD,IVORY,ETC.THE ARABS AND CHINEESE ALSO MADE THEIR MARK ON KERALA AND FISHERMAN STILL USE CHINEESE FISHING NETS TO THIS DAY.

KERALA IS ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE STATE IN TERMS OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND PHYSCIAL QUALITY OF LIFE.SO MANY POLITICAL PARTIES EXIST IN KERALA WHICH HELPS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR STATE. IT HAS ACHIEVED THE UNIQUE DISTINCTION OF TOTAL LITERACY.PEOPLE HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO SOCIAL SERVICES AND MEDICAL CARE THAN THE OTHER PARTS OF COUNTRY.

KERALA ALSO HAD CHRISTIANS FOR AS LONG AS CHRISTIANITY HAS BEEN IN EUROPE! THE PORTUGUESE WERE MORE THAN A LITTLE SURPRISED TO FIND A CHRISTIANITY ALREADY ESTABLISHED ALONG THE MALABAR COAST WHEN THEY ARRIVED HERE 500 YEARS AGO.CHRISTIANITY ,JUDAISM AND ISLAM FOUND THEIR WAY INTO KERALA.A TOLERENT PEOPLE WELCOMED THEM. KERALA HAS AN AMAZING MIXTURE OF ALL RELIGIONS.CHRISTIANS,HINDUS,AND MUSLIM'S COMMUNAL HARMONY AND RELIEGIOUS TOLERATION IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF KERALA'S CULTURE AND HERITAGE.

MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE MALAYALIES LIVING IN KERALA.MALAYALY IS ALWAYS SNOBBISHLY CLEAN WEARING WHITE DHOTHI AND SHIRT.HE IS CLINICALLY HYGENIC WITH A TENDENCY TO TAKE A RITUALISTIC BATH ATLEAST TWICE A DAY.SECRETLY PROUD HIMSELF BUT DISDAINING THE OUTSIDERS WHOM HE CONSIDERS LESS CLEAN.THE WOMENS ARE BETTER OF THAN HER COUNTER PARTS ELSE WHERE IN INDIA.SHE HAS BETTER STATUS NUMERICALLY SUPERIOUR AND ENJOYS MORE FREEDOM THAN HER SISTERS IN THE NORTH.SHE GOES TO SCHOOL CONTROLS HE ADMINISTRATION EARNS MONEY AND RUNS IN INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC EVENTS IN ADDITION TO ATTENDING THE DAILY HOUSEHOLD WORKS.

A CHARMING AND A UNIQUE VBACCATION LAND.IT IS CAPITIVATINGLY ALIVES SPIRITUALLY WITH ITS MANY FAIRS.ART FORMS PREVAILING IN KERALA HAS GREAT IMPORTANCE.KATHAKALI,OTTANTHULLAL ETC ARE CONSIDERED AS THE MAJOR ART FORMS.FESTIVALS,CELEBRATION ALSO OFFERS SUNKISSED BEACHES,UNIQUE WILDLIFE SANTUARIES,BACKWATERS, BREATH TAKING SCENARY AND SPLENDIED ARCHITECTURE.

OFCOURSE KERALA IS A "GOD'S OWN COUNTRY."
 
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