(Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum).
Kerala, historically known as Keralam, is an Indian state in South India and it is a “Malayalam”-speaking region.The region has been a prominent spice exporter since 3000 BCE. In the 15th century, the spice trade attracted Portuguese traders to Kerala, and paved the way for the European colonisation(mainly from Britain and Netherlands) of India.
Kerala has the lowest positive population growth rate in India, 3.44%; the highest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.712 in 2015; the highest literacy rate, 93.91% in the 2011 census; the highest life expectancy, 77 years; and the highest sex ratio, 1,084 women per 1,000 men and lowest infant mortality rate in the country.
The state has witnessed significant emigration(especially to Gulf countries ,U.S.A,and U.K), and its economy depends significantly on remittances from a large “Malayali” expatriate community.
Hinduism is practised by more than half of the population, followed by Islam and Christianity.The state has the highest media exposure in India with newspapers publishing in nine languages, mainly English and Malayalam.
Kerala is one of the prominent tourist destinations of India, with backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and tropical greenery as its major attractions.
(ref-wikipedia)(picture, courtesy ,kerala tourism)