Kerala, historically known as Keralam, is a state in South India on the Malabar Coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganization Act by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 census, Kerala is the thirteenth largest state by population and is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken and the official language of the state.
Kerala has the lowest positive population growth rate in India; 3.44%, highest Human Development Index (HDI); 0.790 in 2011, the highest literacy rate; 93.91%, the highest life expectancy; 77 years and the highest sex ratio; 1,084 women per 1000 men. The state has witnessed significant emigration, especially to the Gulf states during the Gulf Boom of the 1970s and early 1980s, and its economy depends significantly on remittances from a large Malayali expatriate community. Hinduism is practiced by more than half of the population, followed by Islam and Christianity. The culture is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed over millennia, under influences from other parts of India and abroad.
The production of pepper and natural rubber contributes significantly to the total national output. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices are important. The state’s coastline extends for 595 kilometers (370 mi), and around 1.1 million people in the state are dependent on the fishery industry which contributes 3% of the state’s income. The state has the highest media exposure in India with newspapers publishing in nine different languages; mainly English and Malayalam. Kerala is one of the prominent tourist destination, with backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and tropical greenery its major attractions.
With around 120–140 rainy days per year, Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate influenced by the seasonal heavy rains of the southwest summer monsoon and northeast winter monsoon. Around 65% of the rainfall occurs from June to August corresponding to the Southwest monsoon, and the rest from September to December corresponding to Northeast monsoon. The moisture-laden winds of the Southwest monsoon, on reaching the southernmost point of the Indian Peninsula, because of its topography, divides into two branches; the & “Arabian Sea Branch” and the “Bay of Bengal Branch”. The “Arabian Sea Branch” of the Southwest monsoon first hits the Western
Ghats,  making Kerala the first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest monsoon. The distribution of pressure patterns is reversed in the Northeast monsoon, during this season the cold winds from North India pick up moisture from the Bay of Bengal and precipitate it on the east coast of peninsular India. In Kerala, the influence of the Northeast monsoon is seen in southern districts only.[Kerala’s rainfall averages 2,923 mm (115 in) annually. Some of Kerala’s drier lowland regions average only 1,250 mm (49 in); the mountains of the eastern Idukki district receive more than 5,000 mm (197 in) of orographic precipitation : the highest in the state. In eastern Kerala, a drier tropical wet and dry climate prevails. During the summer, the state is prone to gale force winds, storm surges, cyclone-related torrential downpours, occasional droughts, and rises in sea level. The mean daily temperature ranges from 19.8 °C to 36.7 °C.Mean annual temperatures range from 25.0–27.5 °C in the coastal lowlands to 20.0– 22.5 °C in the eastern highlands
Climate data for Kerala
Languages: English, Malayalam
Best Seasons: January, February, March, April, July, August, September, October, November, December.
GETTING HERE & AWAY
For international students the main ports of entry to India for Kerala are Cochin or Delhi. These airports are very well connected to the US,Europe and Australia. From either of these airports there are two options to travel to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
• By air to Thiruvananthapuram Airport with one of the numerous low cost domestic airlines- Spice jet, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways. These can all be found on flight search engines .
• By train- The nearest station to Thiruvananthapuram in Thiruvananthapuram (TVPM), it is connected to all the major cities in India. This is a low cost option but plan for 24hrs trip. We will be more than happy to book the tickets or discuss the best options for this.
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