Kerala (Malayalam: േകരളം; Kēraḷaṁ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India.
To its east and northeast, Kerala borders Tamil Nadu and Karnataka; to its west and south lie the Indian Ocean islands of Lakshadweep and the Maldives, respectively. Kerala envelops Mahé, a coastal exclave of Pondicherry.
The States Reorganisation Act of 1 November 1956 elevated Kerala to statehood. Today, Kerala is one of four states in South India.
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