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Southern India

Southern India
  • Capital of Kerala: Thiruvanathapuram
  • Population of Kerala: 34.8m (2012)
  • Size of Kerala: 38,863 km sq
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Power supply: 220-240v
  • Sockets: Two pin sockets or Indian three-round pin variety, which are larger than European size
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
  • Visas: British nationals require a visa to visit India which must be obtained in advance.
  • Religion: Buddhist (official) 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
  • Popular dishes: Rice and fish curries are the most popular Keralan dishes often featuring coconut as one of the main ingredients.
  • Popular drinks: Chai (tea) is the most popular drink in the region although coffee is also widely drunk in Kerala. Masala Chai is a tasty version of traditional tea made with ginger, pepper and cardamoms.
  • Did you know: The traditional rice barges of Kerala are made from planks of angelin wood, lashed together using cotton and coir ropes soaked in resin - the hull is then waterproofed with cashew oil. No nails or other artificial materials are used in their construction.
  • FCDO advice: FCDO advice for India
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