About Kerala: Information on Tourism Industry, Agriculture, Economy & Geography

Latest update: December, 2018

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  • Capital:Thiruvananthapuram
  • Geographical Area (sq km):38,863
  • State Language:Malayalam, Hindi, English and Tamil
  • Literacy Rate:94.6 per cent
  • Key Industries:Handlooms and power looms, rubber, bamboo, coir, khadi and village, sericulture, seafood and other marine products, cashew, mining, tourism, food processing, spice and spice extracts, IT & electronics

Last Updated: December, 2018

KERALA State Report | December, 2018

At current prices, Kerala's Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was about US$ 91.97 billion in 2016-17. The state's GSDP recorded at a CAGR of 11.13 per cent between 2011.-12 and 2016-17. The state's per capita GSDP was US$ 1,081.16 during 2016-17 compared with US$ 971 during 2011-12. As of November 2018, the state had a total installed power generation capacity of 5,083.27 MW.

Kerala 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. BBC Travel survey has rated Kerala as the top favorite tourist destination among foreign travelers.

Kerala can be termed as the land of spices, considering the large variety of spices grown in the state. Kerala is the largest producer of pepper in India and accounts for a lion’s share in India’s production. Apart from pepper, other spices produced in the state include ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, tamarind, etc. During 2018-19^^, spices export from the state stood at US$ 215.38 million.

 Kerala has a wide range of fiscal and policy incentives for businesses under the Industrial and Commercial Policy and has well-drafted sector-specific policies.

According to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), during April 2000 to June 2018, FDI inflows into Kerala, including Lakshadweep, totaled to US$ 1.97 billion.

Key Sectors:

  • During 2017-18*, fruits and vegetable production in the state stood at 2,493.90 thousand MT and 2,010.78 thousand MT respectively
  • During Apr-Oct 2018(E), tea production in Kerala stood at 36.89 million kg. Tea exports from the stood at US$ 52.36 million during 2018-19^.
  • The state has a techno park in Thiruvananthapuram which has been instrumental in attracting global electronics manufacturers, an info park in Kochi, and a cyber park in Kozhikode
  • Under the state budget 2018-19, US$ 12.67 million is allocated for Tourism marketing.
  • As per budget 2018-19, the Government of Kerala proposed an outlay of US$ 92.68 million for fisheries sector.

NOTE: * - As per 1st Advance Estimates, ^ - Upto September 2018

Factfile

  • Capital:Thiruvananthapuram
  • Geographical Area (sq km):38,863
  • State Language:Malayalam, Hindi, English and Tamil
  • Literacy Rate:94.6 per cent
  • Key Industries:Handlooms and power looms, rubber, bamboo, coir, khadi and village, sericulture, seafood and other marine products, cashew, mining, tourism, food processing, spice and spice extracts, IT & electronics
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