Highest literacy rate in India

Kerala is a highly advanced society and scores high on human development indicators with the highest literacy rate, highest life expectancy, lowest population growth and the highest ratio of females to males in India.

Kerala is one of the most scenic and popular tourist destinations in India. It is also famous for its special ayurvedic therapies and its backwaters. Kerala also leads other states in Industrial development and per capita income. Kerala is a major exporter of coir, spices, marine products, cashew, coffee and pickles. Two-thirds of the state's export income comes from food processing industry.

With a coastline of nearly 590 km, Kerala has a major port at Kochi (with a cruise terminal) and 16 smaller ports along the coast. The state is very close to global maritime trade route passing through the Indian Ocean region with Kochi International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICT) at Vallarpadam, which is India's first ICT. The state also has four international airports in Kochi, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur.


Largest producer of coir and coconut in India


Highest tele-density and penetration of optic fibre cable in India


75% of spices exports from India are sourced from Kerala


Kerala is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia, with many beaches, wildlife reserves, backwaters and hill stations to offer.

With its popular alternative medical therapies such as Ayurveda, Kerala is also popular for medical tourism. Several hospitals across the state maintain international standards in infrastructure, healthcare and state-of-the-art equipment, attracting foreign patients.

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Food Processing

Kerala is a major exporter of spices, marine products, cashew, coffee and pickles.

Two-thirds of the state's export income comes from food processing industry.

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Textile, Handloom and Handicrafts

Kerala has a tradition of manufacturing handicrafts with ivory, bamboo, palm leaves and stones and there are 575 operational power looms in the state.

Kerala is home to 48 cooperative societies that promote handicraft industry in the state. The state produced handloom worth $ 53.4 mn in 2015-16.

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Information Technology

Kerala is home to more than 500 IT companies, employing more than 50,000 professionals.

The state offers IT infrastructure in the form of dedicated IT parks such as Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, notified as special economic zones. Overall, more than 800 ha of land is available for development for IT-related infrastructure.

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About 65% of Kerala's population is in the working age group of 15-59 years.

Kerala, the 13th most populated state, is home to 3% of the country's total population. The state's population of 33 mn is equivalent to the population of Canada. The state is the largest recipient of NRI remittances in India, with $ 20.2 bn worth of remittances received in 2015-16.

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    Kerala Agriculture Development Policy 20…

    Aims at ensuring a sizable income from farming along with fo…

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    Kerala Draft EV Policy 2018

    To promote manufacturing of auto components and electric mob…

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    Kerala Health Policy 2013

    To ensure availability of the needed financial, technical an…

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    Kerala Industrial & Commercial Polic…

    To strengthen industries, promote investments, empower peopl…

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    Kerala IT Policy 2017

    To establish Kerala as a preferred IT & ITeS hub particu…

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    Kerala Private Industrial Estate Scheme

    To promote private development of industrial estates in the…

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    Kerala Scientific Mining Policy 2015

    To ensure free and fair supply of minerals, rocks and value…

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    Kerala Solar Energy Policy 2013

    To mainstream the use of solar energy in the energy mix of K…

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    Kerala Technology Startup Policy 2014

    The Policy provides broad framework for creation of startup…

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Investment Opportunities in Kerala

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    $2.76 bn

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$419.79 mn

Coastal Economic Zone Project [Malabar]

State (s) Kerala

$234.14 mn

Thalapady-Chengala Road Upgradation Project [Kasaragod]

State (s) Kerala

$69.41 mn

Azhikkal Port Dredging Project [Kannur]

State (s) Kerala

$55.97 mn

Road Upgradation Project [Kozhikode]

State (s) Kerala

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