Kerala became a modern destination for tourists and vacationers after The National Geographic Traveler showcased Kerala as one of ten most beautiful ‘Paradises Found’ on earth along with the likes of Amalfi Coast (Italy), The Boundary Waters (Northern Minnesota), The British Virgin Islands, The Greek Islands, The Hawaiian Islands, The Japanese Ryokan, The Torres del Paine (Chile), The Seychelles and The Pacific Islands, and recommended it for the “Tour of a Lifetime” Bill McKibben of The National Geographic goes on to say, “Statistically Kerala stands out as the Mount Everest of social development; there’s truly no place like it”.
Kerala Tourism received another boost when in 2009 when The National Geographic Traveler again ranked Kerala in the 23rd position alongside the Stonehenge in England and Petra in Jordan, among the 133 world famous tourist destinations. In this list the backwaters of Kerala scored higher than Bali, Athens, The Niagara Falls, Ankhor Vat, The Dead Sea, the Taj and other world renowned destinations. In fact the even lagoons of Venice only come in at the 31st position compared to Kerala’s Backwaters. Then to complete the honors, TripAdvisor’s 2010 Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards ranked the serene hills of Munnar in Kerala as Asia’s second best destination after Tokyo.
Then in 2010 the independent travel magazine ‘Smart Travel Asia’ conducted a ‘Best in Travel poll 2010’ on reader’s favorite perceptions and travel brands through out May-July 2010 and Kerala has emerged as the best destination in Asia ahead of Bali, Phuket and Maldives. Rajasthan comes in at a distant eighth place and Goa in the tenth. In the 2009 poll conducted by the same magazine Kerala had been in the third place.
Here some most important destinations in kerala
Kovalam International Beach- Thiruvananthapuram
Athirampally water falls
Silent valley national park
Periyar national park-Thekkady
Eravikulam national park
Kadalundi bird sanctuary