Rice is the most important cereal crop and staple food in Kerala.
Other key crops are coconut, tea, coffee, rubber, cashews, pepper, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. Kerala is well connected to the rest of the country by air road and rail.
The railway network in the state is controlled by the Thiruvananthapuram Railway division and the Palakkad Railway Division.
Kerala is India's most advanced society in terms of education, literacy and health.
Local self-government constitutes 14 District Panchayats, 152 Block Panchayats, 978 Gram Panchayats along with 60 Municipalities, 5 Corporations and 1 Township. Agriculture contributes most to the state's income in the primary sector.
Nearly half of the population of the state is dependent on agriculture for income.
The coastal belt is comparatively flat and is crisscrossed by an interconnected network of canals, estuaries, lakes and rivers which are collectively known as the Kerala Backwaters. The districts are further subdivided into 75 taluks, which are further divided into 1453 revenue villages.Kerala is different from the rest of the India in many ways.History was created in 1957 when Kerala became the first state in the world to democratically elect a Marxist government. It has the highest literacy rate in the country, lowest infant mortality rate and the highest female to male population ratio.Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) is the capital of Kerala, which is famous for the Kovalam beach, one of the top beaches in the world.The state of Kerala is divided into fourteen districts. Kerala has a history dating back to the Christian era, although the modern Kerala was created on 1st November 1956 when all the states were reorganized along linguistic lines.The eastern region of the state comprises of high mountains, gorges and valleys which are immediately west of the Western Ghats' rain shadow area.Forty one west flowing rivers and three east flowing rivers originate from this region.Most of Kerala is accessible through National Highways 47 and 17, and various other state highways.The Southern Railway line of the Indian Railways runs through the state connecting major cities and towns except for those in the districts of Idukki and Wayanad.Kerala is a state tucked away in the southwest corner of India.The state is often referred as "God's Own Country".