Kerala is also popularly known as ‘God’s Own Country’. A name that was given to it in the 1980’s by the tourism department as part of a marketing plan for the unknown Kerala. However, Kerala actually means ‘ the land of coconuts’.
Statistics / Facts of Kerala
Kerala has some very impressive statistics.
- The highest literacy and highest life expectancy in India.
- Kerala has the highest sex ratio, lowest population growth rate, highest literacy rate, highest life expectancy and the highest Human Development Index (HDI) among the other states of India.
- Ranks second as a state with least poverty (Goa is 1) .7% while national average is 21.92%.
- Lowest maternal mortality rate.
- Lowest Infant mortality rate (12 per 1,000 ) India stands at 44!
- Lowest Hunger index -17.66 (India is 23.31.)
- The lowest population growth rate.
Home to Ayurveda
Kerala is home to world’s first Ayurvedic Resort Somatheeram, south of the Kovalam beach. It’s traditions are a blend of complementary or alternative medicines. It was discovered thousands of years before modern medicine and there’s evidence of the need to balance the mind-body connection. Ayurveda continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than just treating illness, its’ goals are preventative and is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).
There are 25% of India’s 15,000 plant species found in Kerala. Some of the important spices found here are: ginger, garlic, cardamom, vannilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg. The spice plantations in the hills of Kerala are the perfect, cool climate to grow these precious culinary spices but many are also used in the practice of Ayurveda.
Just some of the many interesting little facts about the magnificent state of Kerala!