Kerala is a fairly small state in the south-western corner of India, a narrow fertile strip of lush tropical land squeezed in between the Lakshadweep sea and the Cardamom Hills. It's unique among Indian states in that it has a literacy rate above 90% (as compared to the national average of 65%), is considered the least corrupt, has comparatively well functioning and publicly funded healthcare and educational systems, and is the only state where female feticides are uncommon with more females than males being born.

Its illustrious backwaters, a labyrinthine of interconnected rivers, canals and lakes forming more than 900 km of waterways, lure thousands of tourists from around the world each year.