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|State of India|
|• Legislature||Unicameral (* seats)|
|• Total||38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|Official languages||Malayalam · English|
Kerala is a state in the Republic of India. It is surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, and the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in the east. The capital city of the state is Thiruvananthapuram. The land area of Kerala is 15,005 mi2 (38,863 km2), which is bigger than Bhutan but smaller than Switzerland. In traditional Indian geography it falls under the South Indian zone. There are 14 districts in Kerala. They are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod.
Most of the people in Kerala speak Malayalam.(Dravidian language)
Kerala is known for traditional arts and people enjoy traditional, percussion-filled music. They also enjoy tribal ceremonies, martial arts, and even sports activities such as soccer, cricket, and badminton. Most of the people have access to the internet, TVs, newspapers, and books. The average amount of reading per week is about seven hours. The literacy rate is approximately 96.9%.
Provincial symbols of Kerala
Kerala is known for its beautiful beaches and extensive backwaters, and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India, both for Indians as well as foreigners. Kerala is known as "God's own country".
- (2001). "Kerala: Human Development Fact Sheet". United Nations Development Programme.