Kerala is a microcosm of the Indian sub continent. With all the major religions, languages, cuisine, varied cultures, ancient systems of medicine,undulating topography and a chequered history of spice trade and colonialism .
The state of Kerala is divided into 14 revenue districts. On the basis of geographical, historical and cultural similarities, the districts are generally grouped into
Malabar (Northern Kerala) :
(Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikkode, Malappuram);
Kochi Region (Central Kerala) : (Palakkad, Thrissur, Eranakulam); and Travancore
(South Kerala) (Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki).