|*Map showing all the districts of Kerala with boundaries.|
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Located on the South-West of the Malabar Coast, Kerala is one of Southern India's most popular states known for its scenic beauty, producing some of the finest spices in India and being a strong tourist magnet. Bordered by Karnataka , Tamil Nadu and the Laccadive Sea, Kerala had been ruled by many powerful dynasties like the Cheras, Cholas and Pandayas. Kerala is known to be the state with the highest literacy rate (93.91%). A survey by Transparency International in 2005, declared Kerala as the least corrupt state in India. A lot of people from Kerala immigrate to the Persian Gulf countries and the state benefits greatly from remittances received by Malayali expatriates abroad. Kerala has a population of 33,388,000 (2011 census) and is spread over an area of 38,863 km sq.
Districts and Administration of Kerala: Kerala is divided into 14 districts, 21 revenue divisions, 14 district panchayats, 63 taluks, 152 CD blocks, 1466 revenue villages, 999 gram panchayats, 5 corporations and 60 municipalities. A district is governed by a district collector, who is an officer from the Indian Administrative Service. The District Collector has a lot of power and many responsibilities. He is an agent of the government of the state and also represents the people of the district. He is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the district. The District Police is headed by a District Superintendent of Police.
Tourism in Kerala: Blessed with natural beauty in the form of beaches, backwaters and hill stations, Kerala is extremely popular with international and domestic tourists. Kerala is also known for its wildlife and is home to animals such as the Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger and Indian Sloth Bear. Birds such as the Kingfisher, Woodpecker and the Jungle Fowl can also be found in Kerala. The Kerala Tourism Department has given the state the tagline: Kerala- God's Own Country, which made the state a super brand with a high recall value.
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