Kerala has been voted the ‘Favourite Indian Leisure Destination’ this year by readers who responded to a survey conducted by the international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.
This is the third in the series of popularity awards that the Kerala Tourism has received in the recent past, with Lonely Planet citing it as the best family destination in India and Travel + Leisure magazine listing it as a top honeymooners’ destination. Kerala Tourism Deputy Director K. Radhakrishnan accepted the travel award at a function held at New Delhi on Thursday.
The annual awards, in their sixth year, honour the best in travel, tourism and hospitality with winners in various categories picked by readers of the magazine through a voting process spanning two months. Kerala, which was the runner-up in the same category in 2015, shared the top honour with Goa this year. Although the State’s main attractions remain the unspoilt beaches, the web of tangled backwaters criss-crossing the land and the dances and culture, the State is constantly evolving by popularising new attractions that offer the best in leisure.
Kerala is known for its rustic beauty and an incredibly picturesque landscape, verdant hills and quiet backwaters, which attract tourists from across the world. Kerala is among the most preferred destinations in the world with enchanting backwaters like Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kochi, beautiful hill stations like Munnar, Idukki, and famous wildlife sanctuaries like Thekkady, Wayanad.