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New Delhi, May 12, 2010
The serene hills of Munnar in Kerala have been chosen as Asia's second best destination in TripAdvisor's 2010 Travellers' Choice Destination Awards.
Tokyo was chosen as Asia's top destination, followed by Munnar in second spot and Siem Reap in third.
“Millions of travellers rely on TripAdvisor for travel inspiration. So we are thrilled and humbled that Munnar has been honoured by travellers this year,” Dr V Venu, Kerala's Tourism Secretary, said.
“The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards are particularly meaningful, as they are determined by real travellers," he said.
A press release from Kerala Tourism said the winners were determined by a combination of travellers' destination comments, favourite places and overall destination popularity on TripAdvisor.
Munnar’s sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains and cool air have long been a favourite with both Indian honeymooners and foreign tourists.
In recent years, this beautiful landscaped hill station has been attracting adventure travellers, who are enamored by the area’s stunning topography, which is ideal for paragliding, trekking and rock climbing.
Nature lovers usually make a beeline for Eravikulam National Park, which is home to colourful wildlife, includingthe endangered Nilgiri Tahr (ibex), ruddy mongoose and 120 bird species.
Eight other Indian destinations also made it to the top 25 Asian destination choice list, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the 6th spot, Manali (7), Hampi (8), Goa (9), Udaipur (12), Gangtok (19), Bangalore (20) and Dharamsala (22).
Mr M Sivasankar Director Kerala Tourism said that destinations honoured in The TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Destination Awards earn their distinction from those who know them best.
“With 15 million registered members, more than 34 million monthly visitors, and 30 million traveller reviews and opinions, TripAdvisor is no doubt the world’s most popular and largest travel community. So we are delighted and thrilled to learn that Munnar has rated so well with such an esteemed audience of travellers," he said.
Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honour the world’s best destinations, baed on reviews and opinions about destinations on tripadvisor.com.