three ancient regions of Kerala.
Kerala is a thin
slice of land lying along India's southwest west coast.
In length 360 miles, the state is only 20 to 70 miles
in width and comprises 1 percent of India's total
land. Most of its 30 million people live along a narrow
strip of flat land adjacent to the Arabian and Lakshwadeep
Seas to the west. To the east the land rises to form
Cardamon Hills or the Western Ghat Mountain Range.
Here small settlements, wildlife refuges, and spectacular-looking
tea plantations dominate the landscape. The climate
ranges from hot and humid in the coastal lowlands
(80 degrees-90 degrees), to mild with cooler evenings
in the hills. Yet every year, in the late spring and
again in the fall, rain-bearing monsoons sweep the
land, in some areas leaving some 200 inches of rain.
Though densely occupied, Kerala is one of India's
most beautiful of India's 28 states. It is also one
of the most culturally interesting places in the world