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Area 38,863 sq km
Capital Thiruvananthapuram
Population 3,18,41,374
Principal Languages Malayalam

History and Geography: Kerala is in the extreme south-west of the Indian subcontinent. When independent India amalgamated smalls states together Travancore and Cochin states were integrated to from Travancore-Cochin on 1 July 1949. However, Malabar remained under the Madras province. Under the State's Re-organisation Act 1956, Travancore-Cochin state and Malabar were united to form Kerala state on 1 November 1956.

In between the high Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian sea on the west, the width of the state varies from 35 km to 120 km. According to the geographical features, the state can be divided into hills, valleys, midland plains and costal belt. 44 tributaries and branches. The backwaters form an attractive and economically valuable feature of Kerala.

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