The state with southwestern coast and a shoreline of about 600km of Arabian Sea are Kerala also called God's own country and Spice Garden of India. This beautiful state is a paradise and encompasses lush green landscapes, crystal clear beaches, tea and coffee plantations, scenic and picturesque sights etc. The state constitutes only one per cent of the entire population of the country. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is the capital of Kerala.
Malayalam is the prominent language for the Keralites, and Hinduism the major religion of the state. This area was created out of Malabar province, previously a part of the Madras Presidency. Kerala has been exposed to several foreign influences because of its long coastline and hence has developed various cultural and traditional practices.
The traditional dressing style of Kerala, for men, is Mundu which is a white cloth wrapped around the waist, 'Melmundu' that is worn sort of as a towel on the shoulders and a white shirt. Traditional attire for women is 'Mundum-Neriyathum'. In terms of values and traditions, Kerala stands as a model for unity in diversity while allowing all unique customs to sustain in the land.
Pepper, natural rubber, tea, cashew, spices, coffee, coconut are some of the important crops of the region. Varieties of various spices with vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon also add to the production line of the state. This sector was the main reason for generating interest in various invaders in the area.
Major plants are in the area of Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts.
Handicrafts of Kerala contribute significantly to the generation of employment of the state. Products like coconut shell carving, bamboo and reed weaving, bell metal casting, straw picture making, mat weaving, ivory carving, etc. are extensively popular.