Thursday, May 18, 2006

Kerala MY HOME Land


Kerala is where I was born. Even though I am thousands of kilometers away. I can see the great land in true colors. That is a great land for hopes, desires, wishes, romantic loves, and all.

My land - I love you so much, truly, that one could sooner dry up the deep sea and hold back its waves than I could constrain myself from loving you.

If the happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions, what is my passion to Kerala my home land? Can I master that?
They said : A man's homeland is wherever he prospers. I can never accept this. I love to keep my mouth shut. They can't comprehend the tears or smiles.

Nostalgia is a sadness without an object, a sadness that of necessity is inauthentic because it does not take part in lived experience. But I have this feeling when I remind my self about Kerala. I wish I can help me forget the name KERALA. Ever ever shall I forget !
And from here with love.. LET me say you all "FUN AND JUST GO THROUGH "

APRIL is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering 5 Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers.
Let me think on my past lifeI spent there God's Own Land.
Yes Kerala is the land of Odds I can see them club with God.


Kerala is one of the smallest states in the Indian union. Its area 38.855 square kilometers is just 1.3 percent of the total area of India. The land of India comprises the narrow coastal strip bounded by the Western Ghats n the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. In the words of Sreedhara Menon “Its unique geographical position and peculiar physical features have invested Kerala with a distinct individuality.” Hence it has played a vital role in the commercial and cultural history of India. Kerala has been describes “as the favorite child of nature.” Like Kashmir in the north, Kerala in the south is famous for its breath-taking natural beauty.
With its evergreen mountains, dense forests stately palms, swift flowing rivers, extensive backwaters and blue lagoons, it looks like a fairyland. This atmosphere of beauty and peace has nurtured religion and art in Kerala and enabled her to become a precious gem in the necklace of Indian culture. Indian poets of eminence have showered their praises for the abundance of its peppers, the fragrance of its sandal and the wealth of its coconuts. No part of India is so widely known or has played so important a part in world history as Kerala.
Natural Divisions: Physical features demarcate the state into three natural divisions. They are the lowland adjoining the sea, the midland consisting of the undulating country east of the lowlands and the forest -clad highland on the extreme east. The lowland bordering the sea is dotted with innumerable coconut palms and the expansive stretches of paddy crops. The midland regions comprise valleys, punctuated here and there by isolated hills.
This rich and fertile region bears the largest extent of agricultural crops. The Western Ghats which range along the eastern border constitute the highland. They form a natural wall of protection to the state. Extensive tea and cardamom plantation dominate the higher elevations; while ginger, rubber, pepper, and turmeric flourish at the lower elevations. The hilly portion is broken up by long spurs, deep savines, dense forests and tangles jungles.
Geographical Isolation: The geographical position of Kerala as a narrow strip of land ensconced between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats has considerably influenced the course of its history. From the dawn of history it has created a kind of insularity. As a result, Kerala seldom felt the impact of many foreign invasions which had ravaged North India form time to time. Owing to this insularity, it took nearly two centuries for Buddhism to reach Kerala. She also evolved “its own way of life and social institutions unhampered by excessive interference from outside.
Long ago in the mists of time as it were, Lord Vishnu descended from the heavens in his incarnation of Parashuram. After slaying the evil kings 21 times over to repeal their force from earth, he did penance for waging the terrible war, and threw his axe into the sea. The area where the axe land- ed, from shaft to blade, rose from the sea as Kerala, a land of plenty and prosperity. Its geographical position has been responsible too for Kera- la's historic ebb and flow. The strip of land found a natural defense in the hills that sealed off one longitudinal section, leaving it open to access from the sea alone.
Sea trade started with the Phoenicians, and in 1000 BC Kerala was visited by King Solomon's ships that travelled to `Ophir' in all probability the modern Puvar, south of Trivandrum. Then followed the galleys of other far-off countries : Greece, Rome, Arabia, China. A fresh wave of trading history started with the Europeans : the Portuguese were forced out of the area. By 1795, however, the Dutch too had to move out, for the British traders had become the strongest power in India by that time. In all this period of prosperity and strife, the region's identity existed as the Malabar Coast and Cochin Travancore. It was only in 1956 that it gained recognition as an independent state, Kera- la.

Some Facts About Kerala
POPULATION (2001 census)31841374
SEX RATIO (females/1000 males)1058
DENSITY OF POPULATION (Persons/ Square Km)819
LITERACY RATE (census 2001) in %90.9
MALE LITERATE in numbers127536023
FEMALE LITERATE in numbers12732086
NSDP at current prices (2002-2003)*69602 Rs Crores *(2001-2002)
PER CAPITA NSDP (2002-03) at current prices21310 Rs *(2001-2002)
(2002)P: Provisional
*(2002-03): Advanced Estimates
*(2001-02): Quick Estimate
*(2000-01): Provisional Estimate
NSDP: Net State Domestic product
Source: Directorate of Economics & Statistics of respective State Governments (As on March 26, 2004), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India

Kerala Kaumudi
The Hindu
Indian Express
Times of India
Hindustan Times

Sea Food And Marine Products
Textiles And Garments
Spices And Spices Extracts
Minerals And Clay Based Products
Light Engineering
Petro Chemicals
Rubber Products
Herbal Products
Computer Software
Technical Institute
Cochin University of Science and Technology -
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, PO-Vellore, Kottayam - 686 501.
Indian Institute of Management
General Institutes
Kerla University, Trivendrum- 695 034
Calicut University, Calicut- 673 635
Kannur University, Kannur-670001, Kerala. Tel: 505360, Fax: 0497-505320.
Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarshini Hills PO, Kottayam 686560, Kerala. Tel: 0481-7605S
Fisheries Institutes
Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical and Engineering Training, Cochin
Central Marine Fisheries, Research Institute, Cochin
Horticulture Institute
College of Horticulture, Vellanikara, Trichur
Agricultural Institutes
Kerla Agricultural University, Main Campus, Vellanikkara, Trichur- 680 654 -
College of Agriculture, Vellayani, Trivandrum, Kerala
Institute of Poultry Management
Institute of Poultry Management of India, Uruli Kanchan, Pune-412 202
Pharmacy Colleges
Dental College, Kozhikode-673 008
Medical Colleges
Academy of Medical Sciences, Periyardm-670 502
T.D.Medical College, Allapuzha-688005
Athurasaramam N.S.S.Homeopathic Medical College, Sachitothamapuram, Kottayam-686 532
Medical College, Mulankunnalthukavu, Trissur
Government Homeopathic Medical College, Calicut, Kerala
Government Ayurveda College, Jawahar Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram-41
Dr.Padlar Memorial Homeopathic Medical College, Ernakulam
Engineering Colleges
College of Engineering, Adoor, Kerla.
Model Engineering College, Ernakulum-682 021.
Calicut Regional Engineering College, Calicut-673 601.
College of Engineering, Triruvananthaouram-695 016.
Government Engineering College, Thrisur - 680 009.
Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Tavanur - 679 573.
School of Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi - 682 022.
Model Engineering College, BMC P.O,Thirkkakkara, Ernakulam - 682 021.
N.S.S. College of Engineering, Palakkad - 678 008.
M.E.S. College of Engineering, Valanchery - 676 552, District - Malappuram.
Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering, Kollam - 691 005.
Regional Engineering College, Calicut.
An international sea- port at Cochin - one of 16 major ports in country.
Three intermediate ports (Neendakara, Alappuzha, Kozhikode), 12 minor ports.
Total road length of nearly 1,10,500 km.
Ernakulam has maximum road length followed by Kottayam.
Total railway route length for 1998-'99 -- nearly 1200 km.
New Konkan railway facilitates access to trade circuits of Bombay and Pune.
Two international airports (Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram) and 2 domestic airports (Cochin, Kozhikode ).


Though the power development in the State has been based mainly on the exploitation of the abundant hydro-potential, the State is on its way to achieving self-sufficiency with its recent efforts to exploit thermal power to its full potential. A major policy initiative of the State government in recent years has been to involve private sector participation in augmenting power supply. Moreover, the State government is giving a new thrust to develop hydropower from such small and medium projects which will have very little adverse impact on the environment. Some of the new important thermal projects include the Brahmapuram Diesel Power Project, the Kozhikode Diesel Power Project at Nallalam, and the third unit of the combined cycle power project of NTPC at Kayamkulam, whose output is available exclusively to Kerala.
Apart from the four thermal units, there are 17 hydral units and one wind power unit in the State. All these units put together puts the State capacity at around 2311 MW.While the majority of the hydral units have a capacity in the in the 10 to75 MW range, the biggest unit, located at Idukki, can produce 780 MW of power. This is followed by Sabarigiri with 300 MW and Lower Periyar with 180 MW. The Peppara and Madupetti units have the lowest output with only three and two MW respectively. The wind power unit at Kanjikode also has a low output of only two MW. Telecommunication
Highest telephone density in country.- 35 connections per sq. km (1998-'99)
All 913 exchanges connected to STD/ISD net work 99.2 % - electronic
Max. number of exchanges for Ernakulam and min for Wayanad
Panchayats being linked by a net work of computers and provided internet facilities
Five private Internet Service Providers in the State.
8300 km of optical fiber activated in international undersea cable landing points at Cochin.
Around 5,056 post offices (as on 31-03-2001).
One post office for average of 6480 persons in around 8 km.
Postal Circle includes 51 Head Post Offices, more than 4000 sub-offices, 90 Other Postal Service Offices and 7 Speed Post Centers.
Financial Institutions The various public and private sector financial institutions in the State perform the important task of providing adequate monetary back-up to the risk-taking entrepreneur. Of these, two of the most important institutions are the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, the nodal agency for promoting and financing large and medium scale industries, and the Kerala Financial Corporation for the small and medium scale units
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Syam Nair
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