Nestled between the Western Ghats - the Sahyādri mountain ranges
and the Arabian Sea, lies the pristine and exotic Kerala. If you've
a map, look for the southern tip of India. Though one of the
smallest states, yet it adorned a number of "firsts" in India.
Highest literacy rate, lowest positive population growth, highest
sex ratio,* highest media exposure, highest life expectancy,
highest Human Development Index (HDI) and when it comes to the
"lowest" Kerala has its own proud share too. Lowest homicide rates,
lowest infant mortality rates, lowest population growth in
India and much more.
Bill McKibben Kerala is an anomaly in the developing world, with
its great potential to lead India into a prosperous future, this
small state has many unique features. Sadly, some of them are not a
Keralite would be proud of. According to a news report Kerala
guzzles alcohol worth £ 8968000000 (yes, that's not Indian Rupees,
but in pounds, so at the least you needed to add another two zeros
with that figure). Kerala once had the highest suicide rates, now
thanks to Sikkim and Tamil Nadu Kerala comes to the third. However,
Quilon (Kollam) is ranked second among Indian cities in suicides,
behind Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh.
Still, when it comes to Kerala, it is a marvel to behold, which can
make any Indian proud. It was a great sanctuary for Jews escaping
from persecution. A place where early Christians going to the church
while in Rome Christians were persecuted. Kerala still presents
itself as an exemplary model of religious harmony. Hindus,
Christians, Muslims and Jews live together in perfect harmony.
National Geographic Travel selected Kerala as "one of the 50 must
see destinations of a lifetime ” and later "one of the 10
paradises of the World” not just because of its natural beauty but
because of the healthy tourism, religious and artistic diversity,
advanced lifestyle which embrace both modernity and traditionalism.
Kerala is unique in every perspective - pristine and exotic.
* 1,083 women per 1000 men - indicating no selective prenatal sex
discernment and no selective abortion or infanticide