About Kerala

Kerala is socially a very progressive society. It has the highest Human Development Index (HDI) among all Indian states; at 0.921 it is higher than all nations of the world except Norway and Austria. It has the highest literacy rate (93.91%), highest life expectancy (74 years) and lowest sex ratio (as measured by the ratio of number of men to number of women: 923 men per 1000 women) in India.

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala, a southern State of India. Kerala occupies a unique position in the history of India and the world.

It is the only state in India which can claim the status of having 100% literacy. It is also a state which is having the highest human development index and social development in India, which is comparable to the best of the developed countries in Europe. Wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is a nature’s beauty to be cherished for a lifetime. The entire eastern boundary of the state comprises of the Western Ghats running to around 620 kms in length and its Western boundary is the Arabian sea with a coastal line of around 590 kms. The width of the state varies from 12 kms to 120 kms. The state is blessed with abundance of rivers, fresh drinking water sources, flora, fauna and other natural resources and is the home to the endangered species of Asiatic elephants, tigers and other endemic species, all of which are under severe threat due to human greed, development and exploitation.

Even though the state of Kerala has the highest density of population in India, the state is full of greenery with abundance of trees and is known as the ‘God’s own country’ for its green cover, exotic back waters and lakes (both fresh water and saline), hill stations, pristine forests including the evergreen tropical rain forests of the Western Ghats situated at heights varying from 100 meters to 2650 meters, beaches etc.


Kerala tourism

Kerala is named as one of the Ten Paradises of the World and Fifty Places of a Lifetime by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The alluring serenity of this place leaves every tourist spell bound, making them come back year after year. Be it the sun-kissed beaches or the misty hill stations; the rhythmic backwaters or the forests immensely rich with variegated flora and fauna; pilgrim centers or historic monuments; Kerala has a grand panorama, spread far and wide to be seen. This land holds promise of leaving visitors mesmerized and gifting them with one of the best holidays they have ever had. Kerala is one of the most sought after tourist destination and a must visit place. It is a perfect destination for tourism, holidays, honeymoon, art, culture, tradition, health care, yoga, ayurveda and meditation. The timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the majesty of the undulating hills of Munnar and Vagamon and the Western Ghats, the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom and Kuttanad and the enchanting woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley will have you bowled over. That such a small terrain can hold diverse geographical features and cultures is a wonder in itself.

Program coordinators

  • Nagaraj Narayanan
    Programme Coordinator

  • Dr. Glen Barry
    Academic Convener and Coordinator

Organizing Committee

  • Dr Lekshmi Nair
    Principal, Kerala Law Academy

  • Dr S Sanker
    Former Scientist, Kerala Forest Research Institute

  • Dr K C Sunny
    Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Kerala

  • Prof. M. K. Prasad

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