Kerala, a state in the south-west region of the country, is a lush paradise of pretty mountains and valleys. It shares border with Karnataka to the north, north-east and Tamil Nadu to the south and south-east. To the west, 200-300 km away from its pristine coastline, are the Lakshadweep islands. Nature's bounty, vibrant culture and an exotic cuisine bespeak the land's tourist slogan "God's Own Country".
The Kerala State was formed on November 1, 1956 after the reorganisation of states on a linguistic basis. An eventful history and a rich heritage of arts and science make the state unique. The cultural heritage of the land paved way for the evolution of a progressive society.
The state has a reputation for communal harmony. Kerala was the first place in the Indian sub-continent to host Christianity and Islam. The country's first church and mosque are situated at Kodungallur in the state.
The state is noted for a serene waterscape comprising rivers, backwaters and ponds.Its another claim to fame are a variety of spices which attracted traders from various foreign countries since ancient times.Colourful festivals and classical art forms are another hallmark of the state.