Vintage Book 1912 – Kerala The Land Of Palms By I H Hacker


Title: Kerala The Land Of Palms
Author: I H Hacker
Publishers: London Missionary Society, London
Pages: 139, including photo images & illustrations
Dimensions: 8 x 5½ Inches

First published in 1912, another book on Kerala. The contents include its people, religions, transport, and so on. There is a small photo on the cover captioned “Parasu Rama With His Battle Axe.”

Kerala is one of the smallest states, 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 into the deep interiors of peninsular India. 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. See my post- Book By George Woodcock.

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