Some Knowledeable facts about kerala....

At 1st November Birthday Kerala ,day also known as kerala Piravi...

Kerala Piravi marks the birth of the state of Kerala. The state of Kerala was created on November 1, 1956. November 1 is therefore known as Kerala Piravi Dinam (day) in the state. Malayalees around the world celebrate November 1 as Kerala Piravi, which in Malayalam means the day Kerala was formed in the earth. Kerala, the southernmost stat
e of India, was formed long after Indian independence on 15 August 1947. Prior to that date it was three independent provinces named Malabar, Cochin and Travancore. Kerala originally got its name after the first ruler, Keralian Thamboran, who ruled one of these independent provinces earlier in the millennia.

Mythologically Kerala stretches along the Arabian Sea from Gokarnam (Gokarna, in Karnataka) to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, though its official territory is only from Kasagode to Parassala. The western Ghats flank the eastern edge of Kerala with its diverse flora and fauna.

According to the Hindu myth Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Mahavishnu (The God-Lord), created Kerala. Parasurama flung his "Mazhu" (axe) from Gokarnam (Gokarna) to the sea and the sea receded to form the land Keralam.

Kerala is a 560 km long narrow stretch of land. At the widest, Kerala is 120 km from the sea to the mountains. On one side of Kerala are the lofty mountains ranging high to reach the sky. And on the other side the land is washed by the blue Arabian Sea waters. The land is covered with thick dense tropical forest, fertile plains, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and 44 rivers. Kerala's exotic spices have lured foreigners to her coast from time immemorial.

Earlier, Kerala was made up of three distinct areas. 'Malabar' as far up the coast as Thallashery, Cannanore and Kasargode with a tiny pocket-handkerchief French possession of Mahe nearby which was returned to India in the early 1950s and is now administratively part of Pondicherry. This area belonged to what was once called the Madras Presidency under the British. The middle section is formed by the princely State of 'Cochin'; the third comprises 'Travancore', another princely state.

The modern Kerala is divided into fourteen districts with Trivandrum as the state capital. Kerala is the first place in the world where a Communist Ministry came into power by general election in 1957. Kerala was formed by Parashurama the sixth incarnation of lord Mahavishnu. 2012 marks the 56th anniversary of Kerala Piravy....

>It's the size of Switzerland and supports a population of 29 million people. That's 747 people per square kilometre1 compared with 234 in the UK, 160 in Switzerland, 26 in the US, 21 in Canada, 12 in Aotearoa/New Zealand and 2 in Australia.2

>Of its population 60 per cent are Hindu, 20 per cent are Muslim and 20 per cent are Christian. A small Jewish com
munity of 22 people remains.

>In 1957 Kerala was the first state in the world to bring to power a communist government via democratic elections rather than revolution.

> Over 90 per cent of people in Kerala own the land on which their home stands. Land ownership is limited to eight hectares per family.

>Kerala's literacy rate(93.9%) is higher than that of any Low-Income Country. The only countries in the Third World to have higher literacy are Cuba, Chile and Costa Rica.

>30 per cent of total state spending is on education.

>Fair-price shops and ration cards ensure that two-thirds of the subsidized basic foods go to the poorest 30 per cent. And 99 per cent of Kerala's villages have a fair-price shop within two kilometres.

>Kerala manages to maintain high consumption and low productivity thanks to remittances from workers in the Gulf which equal 20 to 25 per cent of the state domestic product. Only two per cent of this is invested in commercial ventures. Most of it is spent on land, houses, cars or jewellery.

>The position of women is generally better than in other parts of India or other Low-Income Countries - because they are better educated and have fewer children.

>94 per cent of primary- age girls and 99 per cent of primary-age boys are in school.

>The Sex Ratio in Kerala is 1084 for each 1000 male and has increased from 1058 per 1000 males since the last census of 2001.

>Coir (coconut fibre) accounts for 18 per cent of exports and supports 10 million people in Kerala.

> Major exports include rubber, pepper, cardamom, ginger, coffee, tea, cashews.

>In 1986 women accounted for 28 per cent of Government employees and 36 per cent of employees in organized economic entities.

>An estimated 150,000 Keralites are working in the Gulf. Many are skilled technicians and medical staff.

>Naval Academy : Ezhimala

>Forest Industries Travancore : Aluva

>Samadhi of Sri. Narayana Guru : Sivagiri

>The State Institute of Rural Development [SIRD] : Kottarakkara

>The region of Kerala where evergreen forests are seen : Silent Valley

>First wild life sanctury in Kerala : Thekkady

>The river that flows through the Silent Valley in Kerala : Kunthippuzha

>The number of west flowing rivers of Kerala : 41

>Edakkal Caves : Vayanad

>Bakal Fort : Kasargode

>Where is Puralimala : Thalasserry

>Wellington Island is in : Ernakulam

>Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) : Trissur

>The district in which Central Root Research Institute is situated : Thiruvananthapuram

>The Teak Museum of Kerala : Nilampoor

>Sandal forest in Kerala : Marayoor

>Maximum number of Wards in a Grama Panchyath : 20

>First computerised Panchayath : Vellanad

>Biggest Taluk in Kerala State : Eranad

>Smallest Taluk in Kerala : Kochi

>Smallest Grama Panchayath in Kerala : Valapattanam

>Information Kerala Mission started in : 1999.
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