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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 coastal port…

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Pati, George, “Kerala”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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