Kerala is located along the coastline, to the extreme South-West of the Indian peninsula, flanked by the Arabian Sea on the West and the mountains of the Western Ghats on the East. The state has a coastline of 580 km.
Kerala has the highest literacy rate among all the states in the country. Malayalam is the most commonly spoken language. Hindi, English and Tamil are the other languages used.
Known as "God's own Country", Kerala is one of the few states to have marketed its natural beauty successfully to the leisure tourism sector.
Historically, Kerala has been a major exporter of commodities such as tea, cashew kernel, sea-food, coir products, spices and coffee. In 2009-10, the total quantity of exports from Cochin port was 3.5 million tonnes.
At current prices, the Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) of Kerala was about US$ 42.7 billion in 2009-10.
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