About Kerala

Kerala [2, 3, 4] offers many business opportunities. However, there are many challenges.

Sandwiched between the Arabian Sea [2] in the west and Western Ghats [2, 3] mountains on the east, Kerala enjoyed a sheltered economy historically. Rich in natural resources [2, 3] and a tropical rain forest [2, 3] with numerous rivers and lakes [2], agriculture thrived in the past. In fact, spice trade [2, 3] originated in Kerala.

Spice trade acted as a catalyst for migration to Kerala [2] from ancient times. These influences resulted in the rich cultural and artistic heritage [2, 3, 4, 5].

Multiculturalism in Kerala [2,3] is as old as Kerala. For example, Christianity [2, 3, 4, 5, 6] originated in Kerala in 52 A.D.

A key motivation for the European search for a sea route to India was the spices from Kerala. After the discovery of the sea route to Kerala [2, 3, 4] in 1498, European missionaries established churches in Kerala. Building education institutions was one of their priorities. The result was heightened interest in education and high literacy rate [2] in the state.

However, there was no corresponding industrial development [2], resulting in large scale migration [2, 3] for employment aided, apparently, by an international master-plan. And as a result of the money transfers [2, 3], there is deep financialization in the Kerala economy.

These factors contribute to a challenging economic environment. Kerala Business Network (KBN)TM offers business support services to help manage the challenges.

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