Vintage Book 1967 – Kerala A Portrait Of The Malabar Coast


Title: Kerala A Portrait Of The Malabar Coast
Author: George Woodcock
Publishers: Faber And Faber, London
Pages: 323, including photo illustrations
Dimensions: 8¾x5½ Inches

First published in 1967, the book is about Kerala, India, from ancient times up to 1967. An interesting read with many photo illustrations. Kerala is one of the smallest states in India, bounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

The western ghats forming a solid, contiguous mountain wall dominates the topography of this state. They have formed a natural wall of protection to the state. The Portuguese who landed on the Malabar coast failed to establish a permanent Indian empire.

This mountain barrier prevented them from entering the deep interiors of the Indian peninsular. Though the ghats maintain an average elevation of 3,000 feet, peaks rising up to 6,000 feet are not rare to come by. In fact, the 8841 feet Anamudi peak in Munnar forms the highest point in India south of the Himalayas.

There are several passes across the mountains connecting the state to its eastern neighbours. The most important of them, like the Palghat Pass, the Kambam Pass, and the Aryankavu Pass, have played a crucial role in the military history.

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