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South India

South India consists of the four southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as the union territories of Puducherry and the Lakshadweep archipelago. Together with Pondicherry, each South Indian state has an elected state government, while the Lakshadweep islands are centrally administered by the President of India. The modern states of South India were created as a result of the States Reorganisation Act (1956), which established states and union territories based on linguistic boundaries. As a result of this act:

Andhra Pradesh was formed with the transfer of all districts from Hyderabad State and some taluks from Raichur, Bidar, and Gulbarga to Andhra State,Kerala was created with the transfer of Malayalam-dominated territories from Madras State, Kasaragod taluk and Malabar district to unapportioned districts of Travancore-Cochin State,Mysore State was formed with the transfer of Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad and Canara districts from Bombay State, Kollegal taluk of Coimbatore from Madras State, unapportioned taluks of Raichur, Bidar and Gulbarga from Hyderabad State and all territories of Coorg to the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore,Madras State was reorganised with the transfer to some talkus from Travancore-Cochin to form the districts of Kanyakumari,Pondicherry was formed out of the territories that were under the control of France,Lakshadweep was formed out of the archipelago under the Malabar district of Madras State.Madras State was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968, while Mysore State was renamed Karnataka in 1973. 

States and territories:- Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep. 

Most populous cities:- Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Madurai, Visakhapatnam. 

Official languages:- Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu.

The estimated population of South India is 233 million.[14] The largest linguistic groups in South India include the Telugus, Tamils, Kannadigas, Malayalis, Tuluvas, Kodavas and Konkanis. About 83% of South Indians follow Hinduism. Islam has the second-highest number of followers in the region, with 11%, while 5% follow Christianity.

The average literacy rate of South India is approximately 73%, considerably higher than the Indian national average of 60%.
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