South India is the area encomassing India's states of Andhra Pradesh; Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry, occupying 19.31% of area. South India lies in the peninsular Deccan Plateau and is bounded by the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal in The west, south and east respectively. South India ranks the highest in terms of social and economic development in areas such as fertility rate and infrastructure; the fertility rate of South India is 1.9, the lowest of all regions in India. The present work, consisting of four volumes, namely, Encyclopaedia of South India is holistic in approach. It covers exhaustively and extensively the historical, geographical, social, political, cultural and economic features of the four south Indian states - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu - and two union territories - Lakshadweep and Pondicherry - With a view to discover South India's uniqueness as a vital part of India, and its contribution to Indian culture. It will be a welcome addition to the study of this beautiful region and its people.
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