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 spoken. 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. Its unique heritage and cultural diversity have helped attract tourists from the world over.
Kerala is a leading agricultural state in the country, specialising in rubber, spices and coir production. It has also been promoting knowledge-based industries such as IT/ITeS, computer hardware, and biotechnology. The state offers a wide range of policy and fiscal incentives for businesses under the Industrial & Commercial Policy. Additionally, the state has well drafted sector-specific policies. Kerala has a large base of skilled labour, making it an ideal destination for knowledge-based sectors. The state has the highest literacy rate in the country.
The state has well-developed social, physical and industrial infrastructure and virtual connectivity. Physical infrastructure includes power, airport and port infrastructure.
At current prices, the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Kerala was about US$ 68.1 billion in 2011-12. The state's GSDP grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.4 per cent between 2004-05 and 2011-12. According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), the cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the state from April 2000 to December 2012 amounted to US$ 900 million (including Lakshadweep).
State Presentation (March 2013)
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