Kerala's strategic location on the trans-national trade corridor, rich natural resources, and simple and transparent procedures make the state favorably suited for investments in major sectors such as tourism, IT/ITeS, manufacturing and mining. Kerala is one of the few states to have marketed its natural beauty successfully to the leisure tourism sector. The state's unique heritage and cultural diversity have helped attract tourists from the world over. It is a leading agricultural state in the country and the largest producer of rubber, pepper, coconut and coir. The state contributed 87.3 per cent and 79.1 per cent to India's total rubber and pepper production, respectively. Kerala's traditional industries include handloom, cashew, coir and handicrafts. The state has 29 special economic zones (SEZs) with formal approvals and 24 notified SEZs including a cyber-park, spread over a 68-acre campus is being developed.

Capital | Population Trivandrum | 34.8 million
State GDP & Growth Rate – GDP State GDP is around US$ 64.3 billion and the growth rate is approx. 14.40%.
Per capita income The per capita income ranges from US $ 130 to 140.
Political Scenario The Government of Kerala is a democratically elected body that governs the state. Indian National Congress (INC) is the current ruling party since 2011.
Key Sectors / Industries Handlooms and power looms, rubber, bamboo, coir, sericulture, cashew, mining, tourism, spice and spice extracts are the key sectors of that state.
Emerging markets / opportunities
  • - Traditional industries such as handloom, cashew, coir and handicrafts
  • - Agriculture
  • - Information Technology
  • - Tourism
Business Scenario /Government Initiatives
  • The National Coir Research & Management Institute (NCRMI), a state government organisation, is following up on a potential deal with Saudi Aramco for a new technology that can help cultivate crops in saline and arid conditions. The electronic hub proposed at Kochi is a prestigious project of the Government of Kerala to promote electronic hardware manufacturing and assembling units and research and development (R&D) centres, and to support infrastructure for the same.
  • The State Tourism Department is developing eco-friendly, rural tourism packages in Kumarakom, Wayanad, Kovalam and Muziris heritage circuit. The state has 29 special economic zones (SEZs) with formal approvals and 24 notified SEZs.

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