Kerala Voted This Year's Favourite Indian Leisure Destination

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Kerala Voted This Year's Favourite Indian Leisure Destination

Kerala has been voted the 'Favourite Indian Leisure Destination' this year


Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala, with its rich culture, lush vistas, healing Ayurveda therapies and delicious cuisine, has been voted the 'Favourite Indian Leisure Destination' this year.

The selection was made by readers who responded to the survey conducted by the international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.

This is the third in the series of popularity awards that the state 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, according to a press release in Thiruvananthapuram.

Kerala Tourism Deputy Director K Radhakrishnan accepted the travel award at a function held at New Delhi yesterday.

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 across two months.

"We are honoured to be recognised as a place to relax and rejuvenate by travellers to our state. Kerala is known for its natural beauty and the state's historical connections with many other parts of the world have contributed to its popularity as a top destination for leisure," Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said.

Principal Secretary (Tourism) Venu V. said the award reaffirmed the state's reputation of being a tourist's paradise.

Kerala, which had won the runner-up prize 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. The award reflects the diversity of leisure-based offerings in Kerala today as well as the quality of their branding, said U V Jose, Director, Kerala Tourism.


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