Bounded on the east by the Western Ghats and the west by the Arabian Sea, it had long periods of insular existence.
This has resulted in the distinctiveness of their language, dress, culture and institutions. Kathakali is the most refined, most scientific and elaborately defined dance form of Kerala.
Other key crops are coconut, tea, coffee, rubber, cashews, pepper, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. Kerala is well connected to the rest of the country by air road and rail.
Most of Kerala is accessible through National Highways 47 and 17, and various other state highways.
The Southern Railway line of the Indian Railways runs through the state connecting major cities and towns except for those in the districts of Idukki and Wayanad.
These facts speak volume of the state which is often compared to the society of the developed western countries.
The modern day culture of Kerala is due to the influence of several cultures and dynasties that came from different corners of the world and settled down in the state.