Kerala, a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea.

Kerala has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.

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Quick Facts
Capital Thiruvananthapuram
Government Indian State
Currency Indian rupee (INR)
Area 38,863 km2
Population 33,387,677 (2011 est.)
Language Official:Malayalam, English
Religion Hinduism 56.12%, Islam 24.7%, Christianity 19%, Other 0.1%
Electricity 230V/50Hz, Indian (Old British)/European plugs
Time Zone UTC +5:30