Kerala • state in southern India

Given the vastness and cultural wealth of India, a country of diverse identities, we have opted to present our travel videos by state, to truly reflect the unique diversity of each region. Among these, Kerala, the jewel of southwestern India, is revealed through a series of videos captured during our journey through Tamil Nadu and Kerala in 2018. Discover the distinct beauty of each state by clicking on the globe to access our entire collection on India.

Kerala, India • makeup before a Kathakali dance performance, Kochi ( India, Kerala )

Kerala, India • makeup before a Kathakali dance performance, Kochi

Kerala, India • a laundry session at Dhobi Kana, Kochi ( India, Kerala )

Kerala, India • a laundry session at Dhobi Kana, Kochi

Kerala, India • on the banks of one of the watercourses forming the backwaters. ( India, Kerala )

Kerala, India • on the banks of one of the watercourses forming the backwaters.

Kerala, often referred to as "God's Own Country," is a state that epitomizes the diverse cultural, historical, and natural wealth of India. Nestled along the Malabar Coast, this southern state offers a unique narrative that weaves through the ages, from ancient trade dynasties to its pivotal role in modern India's development. Let's embark on a journey through Kerala's rich tapestry of history, geography, economy, population diversity, religious harmony, and its plethora of cultural and tourist attractions.



Before Independence


Kerala's history is marked by the reign of several significant dynasties, each contributing to the state's rich cultural fabric. The Cheras, who ruled from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD, were among the earliest and most influential, known for their trade links with the Greeks, Romans, and Arabs. This era was followed by the rule of the Kulasekhara dynasty, which further consolidated the region's prosperity. The arrival of European colonial powers in the 15th century marked the beginning of a new chapter, with the Portuguese, the Dutch, and later the British playing significant roles in Kerala's history.


After Independence


The post-independence era brought significant changes to Kerala. In 1956, the state was officially formed by merging the princely states of Travancore and Cochin with the Malabar district. Kerala stood out early on for its political activism, becoming the first place in the world to democratically elect a communist government in 1957. This political backdrop set the stage for landmark reforms in land ownership, education, and healthcare, which have since been pivotal in shaping Kerala's societal structure.



Covering an area of approximately 38,863 square kilometers, Kerala is a slender state stretching along India's southwestern coast. Despite being one of the smaller states in India by area, its unique geographical features, from the lush Western Ghats mountain range in the east to the serene Arabian Sea in the west, create a diverse ecosystem. This geographic diversity supports a wide range of flora and fauna, making Kerala one of the most bio-diverse regions in India.



Kerala's economy is a balanced mix of agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors, with a significant contribution from remittances by its large diaspora. It's renowned for its spice and coconut

Video gallery • India, Kerala

having a smaller industrial base compared to other Indian states, Kerala boasts one of the highest per capita incomes in the country and a human development index comparable to developed nations.



Kerala's population, as of the latest census, reflects a complex tapestry of ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity. It's home to various communities, including Malayalis, Tuluvas, and Konkanis, practicing Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The state is celebrated for its high literacy rate and quality of life, setting benchmarks for the rest of India.



The religious landscape of Kerala is a testament to its multicultural ethos, with ancient Hindu temples, Christian churches, Islamic mosques, and Jewish synagogues coexisting harmoniously. This interfaith harmony is a cornerstone of Kerala's social fabric, celebrated through various festivals and rituals.


Cultural and Tourist Attractions

Kerala is a treasure trove of cultural and natural attractions. The ancient port city of Kochi, the serene backwaters of Alappuzha, the biodiversity hotspot of the Western Ghats, the tea gardens of Munnar, and the historic temples of Thrissur are just a few highlights. The state's traditional art forms, such as Kathakali and Theyyam, along with its culinary traditions, offer a rich tapestry of experiences for visitors.


Kerala's story is one of resilience, diversity, and harmony, offering insights into the past and present of India's socio-cultural evolution. Its commitment to social welfare, environmental sustainability, and cultural preservation makes Kerala a model worth emulating, and a destination that calls for exploration.