Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has been voted as the best 'Honeymoon Destination' in the country, based on the results of a readers' poll conducted by a travel website.
"Kerala is renowned for its magical experiences, its rustic charm and the beauty of its diverse landscape, all of which has made the state a destination for honeymooners from across India and the world," said A.C. Moideen.
"It is a matter of pride for us to be cited by Travel + Leisure, which ranks among the leading travel and lifestyle publications," he added.
Based on the poll results, awards were handed out to the winners, which feature the biggest names in the Indian tourism, facilitation and hospitality industries.
Organised by the magazine, the awards showcase the best travel opportunities available around the world and in India and anoint the best service providers, the preferred places to stay and the destinations most Indians love to visit.
"From the extended coastline to the misty Western Ghats and the legendary network of lagoons and estuaries, the romantic getaways on offer here are as unique as they are exotic. The quiet, unhurried pace of life adds to Kerala's allure," said V. Venu, Principal Secretary Tourism.
Other winners included, Singapore (Best Country), Hong Kong (Best City), and Switzerland (Best Family Destination) while France and South Africa shared the award for best international honeymoon destination.
"This is a significant award for Kerala since it is based on the visitors' assessment from the ground level," said Director of Kerala Tourism U.V. Jose.