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India kerala.png Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-second largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Trivandrum. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.

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Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. Black pepper is native to South India and is extensively cultivated there and elsewhere in tropical regions. The fruit is a small drupe five millimetres in diameter, dark red when fully mature, containing a single seed. Dried and ground pepper is one of the most common spices in European cuisine and its descendants, having been known and prized since antiquity for both its flavour and its use as a medicine. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine. Ground black peppercorn, usually referred to simply as "pepper", may be found on nearly every dinner table in some parts of the world, often alongside its frequent companion, table salt. (more...)
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Women processing Coir

Coir (Etymological origin: from Tamil and Malayalam - kayar - cord) is a coarse fibre extracted from the fibrous outer shell of a coconut. Much of the world's coir is produced in India, mainly in the coastal region of Kerala state which produces 60% of the total world supply of white coir fibre. Immature coconut husks are suspended in a river or water-filled pit for up to ten months. During this time micro-organisms break down the plant tissues surrounding the fibres to loosen them - a process known as retting. Segments of the husk are then beaten by hand to separate out the long fibres which are subsequently dried and cleaned. Cleaned fibre is ready for spinning into yarn using a simple one-handed system or a spinning wheel.

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  • ...that Kollam in Kerala is the largest exporter of processed cashew in the world?
  • ...that Kerala is the only State in India which remains in the 'very high human development index (HDI)' with respect to all the three dimensions, both with and without adjustment for inequality?
  • ...that Kolukkumalai tea estate near Munnar in Kerala is the highest tea plantation(8,100ft above sea level) in the world?
  • ...that Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala, India, receives migratory birds from far away Siberia?
  • ...that the Kerala Blasters FC from Kerala has the 6th highest club attendance last year by FIFA ranking?
  • ...there is a belief that a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach (pictured), one of the beaches in Kerala, washes away sins?
  • ...that the hull of the kettuvallams, Kerala houseboats, (pictured) are built of wooden boards tied together by coir rope?

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