Kerala, which is referred to as God’s own country won the award for ‘Best Destination for Romance’ for Munnar by Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Award 2017. P Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism received the prestigious award by Bollywood actress Diana Penty at the sixth edition of Lonely Planet India Travel Awards. This award is considered as another addition to the series of prominent awards won by Kerala Tourism in 2017.

Munnar, recipient of ‘Best Destination for Romance’ award, is famed for its romantic cottages, cloud rimmed mountains, lively tea gardens, green valleys and the soft, soothing sound of waterfalls. The calm climate of this scenic place makes it one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in India. Other places like backwaters in Alleppey, Wildlife in Thekaddy, beach in Kovalam and Trivandrum are equally magnificent.

 Speaking on the occasion, P Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism said, “It is a euphoric moment for the state’s tourism department. It is overwhelming to be aware of the fact that Kerala is gaining popularity as India’s most preferred destination among the Indian travellers. Moreover, India’s greenest state- Kerala is witnessing constant progress in foreign as well as domestic tourist arrivals since 2011”, he added.

Kerala has also emerged as a preferred wedding destination as well. The state’s luxurious hotels, resorts and exotic beaches are the perfect locations for lavish Indian weddings. The state is witnessing tremendous growth in the wedding tourism from the last couple of years.