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This research paper focuses on horizontal and vertical diversification of specialised homegardens. The study location was Central Kerala region consisting of Thrissur, Palakkad and Ernakulam districts due to the presence of specialized homegarden system. A total of 60 homegarden farmers were selected, to assess the horizontal and vertical diversification of specialized homegardens. Respondents were personally interviewed and data were enumerated from the homegardens with components of specializations so as to get sufficient data from for interpretation. Horizontal diversification is a measure of both the cropping intensity and the structure of homegardens. Vertical diversification throws light into the functional dynamics and the economic entities in the homegarden as a result of value addition or product diversification. Results revealed that there was no homegardens without any type of horizontal diversification irrespective of the location in which it belongs. Considering the vertical diversification for both economically dominant crops and specialized components in homegardens, it is clear that the vertical diversification is more for the specialized components. In short, this study has gone to identify horizontal and vertical diversification of specialized homegardens with special emphasis on different regions of Kerala.