Kerala is the southernmost state in India. Its unique geographic characteristics and abundant temples have earned it the name of God’s on Country. Kerala is well known for its hill stations, plantations, lush greenery, waterfalls, sun kissed beaches and serene backwaters. Additionally, Kerala culture is one of a kind and has its deep history rooted in centuries ago. All these factors make Kerala an interesting, unique and a much sought after tourist destination in the world.
In this article, let’s check out some interesting Social and Cultural facts about Kerala.
• Kerala is a land of Coconuts. Everywhere you go, you will find plenty of Coconut trees. Kerala in fact, has derived its name from Coconut trees. The name ‘Kerala’ is derived from the root word ‘Keram’, which in Malayalam means Coconut tree.
• Ayurveda has its historical roots in India from over 5000 years and this tradition has sustained through the centuries. In Kerala Culture even today, Ayurveda is treated as mainstream form of healthcare and medicine and the locals prefer Ayurveda over modern medicine. Ayurveda is a holistic science that treats the body mind and soul. Ayurveda centers are found all around Kerala and tourists fly in here especially for the Ayurvedic massages which are known to cure even chronic ailments. Ayurvedic massages are also good for relaxation and rejuvenation.
• Kerala is the most literate state in India. Ernakulum district in Kerala became the first district in India to attain 100% literacy. Programs like Literacy Mission and Kerala State government’s education efforts have helped achieve this feat. It is a common sight to see people read the local language newspapers. People are generally well read and well informed here.
• Just like coconuts, elephants too are found all around Kerala. On your Kerala trip, seeing an elephant is almost guaranteed. Since ancient times, Elephants have been an integral part of Kerala culture. Elephants are titled as the state animal and even are a part of the emblem of Kerala Government. Elephants are still a part of temple festivities in Kerala. There are also many elephant sanctuaries and elephant training centers in Kerala. On a Kerala trip one can easily ride on an elephant and feed and bathe them.
• Kerala has the highest Female- to- Male- Ratio in India. According to the latest census report, the overall sex ratio of Kerala is 1084 females per 1000 male. While the rest of India has a low female population, Kerala is the only state to achieve this feat. Also, according to the recent census report, Kerala has the highest life expectancy among all the states in India. The National Average is found to be 65.6% while for Kerala it is 75.1%.
• Kerala culture and traditions have survived through the centuries. The main Classical dances of Kerala are Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Theyyam and Thullal. Apart from these there are many more tradition art and dance forms in Kerala, which are on display all over the state during any festivals and functions. Kathakali showsare especially held all over the state in auditoriums, so that tourists can watch these shows to experience Kerala’s rich art and dance forms.