Kerala Fact file: Useful information for travellers

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There are many explanations regarding the name ‘Kerala’, the most popular one being ‘Land of Coconuts’ because Kera means coconut. Kerala is a state in the Republic of India with 14 districts. The major cities in Kerala are Thiruvananthapuram (Capital), Kochi and Kozhikode all of these having good air connectivity. 

Below we have furnished some information that might be useful to travelers coming over to Kerala:

Kerala Fact file

Capital & Area

Thiruvananthapuram and 38,863 sq. km

Population & Currency

34.8 Million & Indian Rupee (INR)


14 districts - Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Alleppey, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Trivandrum.


1 November 1956

Languages Spoken

Malayalam is the official language of the State. People of the state understand and respond to English and Hindi. 

Literacy & Sex Ratio

Literacy -92% and sex ratio - 1058 (women): 1000 (men)


Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the main religions here 


The traditional clothing of the State is the Mundum Neriyathum (women), Mundu (men). Light cotton clothes suit the tropical climate here. The highlands may require you to use woolens.


Kerala has the typical tropical climate. During summer from February to May the temperature hovers around 24 -33°C. During the monsoon season June- November the temperature lowers to the 22-28 °C. The winter is also falls in the monsoon temperature range.

Best time to Visit

Kerala has now evolved into a round the year destination. The traditional tourist season is from October to March which is kick started by the festival season in Kerala. Now the monsoon season has also picked up as an ideal time for rejuvenation and Ayurvedic treatments. 

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