Kerala is located along the coastline to the extreme southwest 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 is known as God’s own country. It is one of the few states to have marketed its natural beauty successfully to the leisure tourism sector. The state’s unique heritage and cultural diversity have helped attract tourists from the world over.
Kerala is a leading agricultural state in the country and the largest producer of rubber, pepper, coconut and coir. In 2011–12, the state contributed 87.3 per cent and 79.1 per cent to India’s total rubber and pepper production, respectively.
The state’s gross state domestic product (GSDP) rose at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8 per cent between 2004–05 and 2011–12. Karnataka has a wide range of fiscal and policy incentives for businesses under the Industrial and Commercial Policy and has well-drafted sector-specific policies. Besides, it has a well-developed social, physical and industrial infrastructure and virtual connectivity, as well as good power, airport, IT and port infrastructure.