Kerala – A Brief Introduction
Lush green Kerala is situated in the South West corner of Indian Peninsula. After reorganization in the year 1956, Kerala came into existence especially after tying the princely states of Travancore and Cochin with Malabar.
Kerala is primarily divided into three geographical regions:
Sloping down from the Western Ghats, the average height of Highlands is up to 900 m. Some peaks go to nearly 1,800 m in height. Major plantations include coffee, tea, rubber, cardamom and other spices.
The Midlands primarily lie between the mountains and the lowlands. As they are constituted by the undulating hills and valleys, there is no dearth of intensive cultivation. With a wide variety, including banana, cashew, coconut, sugarcane, rice, areca nut, cassava (tapioca), ginger, pepper, and vegetables, this area is amazingly beautiful.
Lowlands of Kerala majorly include trees. Air can be purified equally with an Air Conditioner as much as with a tree. The vegetation of lowlands is massively beautiful and useful from environment point of view. Right from the first moment, Kerala countryside renders air-purified environs. Lush greenery of the state attracts even the keenest travelers.
Crisscross makes it more than beautiful. Water bodies and thick forests enhance the amazing beauty of the state. The Lowlands is makes up of river deltas, Arabian coast and backwaters. Indeed, Kerala is a land of rivers and backwaters making it more than significant and worthwhile. With 41 west-flowing and 3 east-flowing rivers crisscrossing, the beauty of Kerala becomes enchanting.
Attractive and enchanting, the lakes and ocean in lets, spanning across the belt, in the name of Kerala backwaters make the state more than beautiful and gorgeous. Vembanad Lake constitutes the biggest among all. With an area of 200 sq km, its beauty is captivating.
Rivers include the Periyar, Pamba, Manimala, Achenkovil, Meenachil and Moovattupuzha.
Major Backwaters of Kerala:
- Kadhinam Kulam
- Ashtamudi (Quilon)
- Anjengo (Anju Thengu)
The Flora of Kerala
You will be amazed to know that Kerala includes 15,000 plants, which account for 25% of plant species. You can find endangered and rare species among them. With flowering plants, lichens, mosses and fungies, the beauty if envious. Tropical wet evergreen, more deciduous and semi-green lush green environs make things more than useful.