most popular tourist destinations in the world. An equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil
      stretches of back waters; lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this
      land. A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are only a two-four hour
      drive from the other.
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       Governor               : Justice (Retd.) P.       Chief Secretary        : Tom Jose
       Chief Minister         : Pinarayi Vijayan         Jurisdiction of High   : Kerala and
                                                         Court                      Lakshadweep
      Madhya Pardesh
        Area                  : 3,08,252 sq km           Population              : 7.27 crore (prov.
                                                                                    census 2011)
       Capital                : Bhopal                   Principal Language      : Hindi
      History and Geography
            Madhya Pradesh is the second largest Indian state in size with an area of 3,08,000
      Geographically it occupies a pivotal position in the country. King Ashoka, first of all, ruled over
      Ujjain. A sizeable portion of Central India was part of the Gupta empire (300-500 A.D.). The
      Muslims here in the beginning of 11th century. First of all, Mahmud Ghazni came over here and
      then Mohammad Gouri, who incorporated some parts of Central India into the ruling territory of
      Delhi. This part was also part of the Mughal empire. During the period between the beginning of
      the influence of Marathas and the death of Madhoji Scindia in 1794, Marathas were on the
      ascendant in Central India but later on the small states started coming into existence. These small
      states became the cause of perpetuation of British power in the country.
            Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, the Gond Maharani Kamalapati and Queen Durgawati,
      etc., were women rulers whose names have left an indelible imprint on Indian history for their
      outstanding rule. Madhya Pradesh came into being in November 1956. It was reorganised in
      November 2000 to create a new Chhattisgarh state. The successive state, now, is bounded in
      north by Uttar Pradesh, east by Chhattisgarh, south by Maharashtra and west by Gujarat and
            Madhya Pradesh has gone from strength to strength in economic growth that has emerged as
      a study of success all over the country. Its GSDP has gone up from more ₹ 1 lakh crore to a
      whopping ₹ 5 lakh crore over the decade.