Kerala is situated in the Southeast coast of India. The state of Tamil Nadu state is to the east and the state of Karnataka state is to the north.
Kerala has a large service economy. More than three million people from the state of Kerala work abroad mainly in the Persian Gulf. As such, remittances from employees account for more than 30% of Kerala’s GDP. The key sectors in Kerala’s GDP includes Services (60%), Industry (25%) and Agriculture (105%). The service sector includes banking, tourism, transportation and others. Kerala produces more than 90% of the national output for pepper and natural rubber. Rice, Coconut, tea, coffee and cashews are also grown widely in the state. Kerala is now a well-established tourist destination in India. The backwaters region of Kerala includes an extensive network of 44 rivers, several lakes and canals and is a popular tourist destination in India and Asia.
Kerala has a population of 32 million, 10% of the population works in the Persian Gulf and remit more than $10 billion each year. Kerala has 100% literacy and a well-established health care system. It is perhaps the cleanest state in India.
Major cities in Kerala include Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode. Malayalam is the most commonly spoken language in Kerala and Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state. Munnar with its Tea plantations, waterfalls and holiday resorts is a popular tourist destination in Kerala. Alappuzha Beach, Cherai Beach, Kovalam and Kozhikode Beach are some of the popular beaches.
Kerala has 14 districts that fall in to three groups: North Kerala, Central Kerala and South Kerala. North Kerala includes Kozhikkod, Wayanad, Kasaragod, Kannur and Malappuram. Central Kerala includes Idukki, Palakkad, Thrissur and Eranakulam. Thiruvananthapuram (Capital), Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kollam and Alappuzha.