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Kerala, the most southwestern state in peninsular India, located between the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, occupies a total area of 38,854 km2 and defines a coastline of 579 km. Its geographical position and abundance of natural plant products add to its natural beauty and serenity, and Malayalis, the inhabitants of Kerala, popularly refer to it as “God’s own country.” The natural coast…

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George Pati, “Kerala”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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