My home town is seventh best travel destination in the world, says Lonely Planet with an authority to adjudge.
I would agree wholeheartedly, but then interior Kerala would have a higher ranking in beauty and calmness. Of course, we can’t expect a worldwide organization to have the wherewithal to analyse something interior.
Actually such places are not to be in the list, some people who are not in the know would say! Accommodation is also a big factor.
That’s when I want to speak about the rural accommodation of home stays. You can find one in most of interior Kerala. And they are good. Pricy too. And surprise, the roads are better.
And then why Kochi! Here’s what I picked up.
‘It’s not just physical beauty that gives the city its charm. Kerala is one of the most religiously-diverse states in the country, and Kochi reflects that in its culture and cuisine’.
‘In its description, Lonely Planet called Kochi a “nicely chilled city.” ‘
‘Lonely Planet also touted Kochi’s adherence to renewable energy practices after the city launched the world’s first fully solar-powered airport’.
“With boho cafes, intimate homestays hidden away in lazy, colonial-era backstreets, and a raft of forward-thinking galleries, this city keeps a tight grip on its heritage while wholeheartedly embracing its newfound cool.”
‘Next year, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is returning to take over Fort Kochi. It is India’s largest art exhibition and the biggest contemporary art festival in Asia.’
One of the success stories of Kerala is tourism. Interestingly it is not government sponsored as people would confirm to you. It is the effort of common people. The serene beauty, greenery and the demographic parameters of an inherently friendly population helped.
Tourists come back to enjoy the hospitality and the calmness. That’s a difference.
I am not taking anything away from Kochi. The city truly stands tall to be the only city from India in the list.
I am sure the accolade will keep the authorities, the municipal corporation and the people on tenter hooks to keep city clean, roads repaired for the tourist to enjoy heaven in a Lonely Planet.