Amazing Facts: Lesser known facts about the ‘God’s own country’ Kerala

Apr 23 2019 05:35 PM
Amazing Facts: Lesser known facts about the ‘God’s own country’ Kerala

Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, with the Arabian Sea at the west, lush hill stations, exotic wildlife and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features, which attract a number of people from across the globe. Here are some of the fascinating pieces of stuff about this peaceful and pristine state of Kerala:

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  • Kottayam Town is the first Fully Literate municipal town in India.
  • Ernakulam became India's first financially-inclusive district.
  • Swaraj Round is the biggest Roundabout in South Asia.
  • Kerala became the first state in India to offer free cancer treatment to the poor, via a program called Sukrutham.
  • The first assembly election in Kerala (1957) led to the formation of first democratically elected communist government in India and second in the world after San Marino.
  • Kerala produces 97% of national output of pepper and accounts for 85% of the area under natural rubber in the country.
  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation designated Kerala the world's first "baby-friendly state" because of its effective promotion of breast-feeding over formulas.
  • The government applies the highest state tax on liquor (around 120%).
  • Kerala is the single largest originator of education loans for the country as a whole.
  • Kerala became the first "complete digital state" by implementing e-governance initiatives.
  • India's largest floating solar power plant is situated in Kerala.
  • India's first mosque, The Cheraman Juma Mosque is situated in Kerala.
  • India's first church, Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Church is situated in Kerala.
  • Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram was the first technology park in India.
  • Upon completion of the Kannur International Airport, Kerala will have the most international airports.
  • India's first coir factory was set up in Kerala in 1859–60.
  • Kerala's sex ratio is higher than that of the rest of India and is the only state where women outnumbered men.
  • On 1 October 2011, Kerala became the first state in the country to have at least one banking facility in every village.
  • Muzhappilangad beach is the longest Drive-In Beach in India.

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