Kerala is a paradise for travellers who find solace in nature’s bounty. A great mix of sun, sea, sand, water bodies and rich greenery plus sumptuous spread of local cuisine are bound to make your Kerala holidays an enjoyable experience. But did you know that Kerala enjoys the highest literacy rate in the entire country? Don’t let the simple lifestyle of the people persuade you into thinking otherwise.
Let’s take a look at few such lesser known facts about Kerala for you to better appreciate the land and its people during your Kerala holidays.
- Kerala finds a mention in Green Activist and Environmentalist circles as an example of sustainable social development, given its size and population, lower infant mortality rates, lesser births and an increased life expectancy and lesser per capita income.
- In times when female infanticide continues to plague this country, Kerala, steeped in culture, tradition, and beliefs, has a higher female-to-male ratio (1084:1000) when compared to other parts of India.
- Interestingly, Kerala happens to be India’s first Digital State. It boasts of 100% mobile connectivity and 95% mobile coverage. Nearly 75% of the population is Internet literate with 60% enjoying internet access.
- For a land with high literacy rates and social progress, reported crime rates, suicides, liquor consumption and unemployment rates are highest in the country.
- Kerala is home to the longest drive-in beach in India at Muzhappilangad, which stretches along the stunning coastline for about 5.5 kms. Muzhappilangad reportedly figures among the top 6 such beaches in the world. Remember that when you enjoy a scenic drive here!
- Did you know that a quaint little village in Kerala with a predominant Muslim population has the highest twinning rate in the country? India incidentally has one of the lowest numbers of twin births in the entire world. Kodinhi, is home to a record 204 pairs of twins, and still going strong!
- It is known fact that the Backwaters is one of the intriguing geographic features unique to Kerala, but you’d be surprised to know that these 900 km long interconnected waterways reach far inland allowing you to access nearly 9 of the 14 districts of this state. No wonder houseboat cruises are popular with tourists.
- Historically, communism has been associated with coups and revolutions. However, communism thrives in Kerala. The key fact is that Kerala is the only place in the world to have a communist government elected to power.
- Free food coupons (Sulaimani coupons) are distributed to the public across Kozhikode’s 14 zones. Irrespective of whether you’ve lost your wallet or can’t afford a decent meal, these coupons are indeed “Manna from heaven”. Don’t forget to donate to this cause when at one of the partner restaurants in this city.
- Tantra and Blackmagic are still practised in Kerala, which is home several tantriks and mantriks who reportedly can ward off the worst spells, ghosts and mental illnesses. First time visitors to the Chotanikara Bhagavathi Amman temple must be well-prepared to witness people being healed of such problems.
- Kerala has its own share of haunted places including the scenic forested terrains of Trichur and Lakkidi Gateway. Should you plan to visit these areas or even traverse them during the course of your Kerala holidays, make sure to do so during the daytime! It is also believed that Lord Ayyappa is constantly battling evil forces in Sabarimala.
- Can you believe that the key villain in the great Indian epic of Mahabharatha, Sakuni, has a temple in Kerala, dedicated to his name? It stands in Pavithreswaram in Kollam and reportedly houses the throne of the master schemer. The other villain Duryodhana too receives adulation in the nearby Poruvazhy, though there is no idol.