Kerala has half of top-10 'most welcoming' tourist places: survey

Kerala tops list with 5 out of 10 destinations in India
Varkala is among the 5 destinations chosen from Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: A travel aggregator website, on Saturday revealed that Kerala topped the list with five out of 10 most welcoming tourist destinations in India.

According to its 2018 Guest Review Awards survey data, the five destinations were Varkala, Kochi, Thekkady, Alleppey and Munnar.

For the seventh annual edition of the awards, a total of 6,125 accommodation providers from India were recognised.

"No matter the type, size or location of the property, what we see from our customers is that they value human connection when they travel, whether it's some extra attention to detail or a truly individualised approach to service," said Ritu Mehrotra, country manager India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at

With the highest percentages of total eligible properties winning awards, India ranked as the 29th most welcoming country on the planet ahead of Switzerland (30th), China (40th) and Malaysia (45th).

Thekkady retains its freshness even after being on the tourism map for decades. Summer, winter or rainy season, the destination lures visitors with the sights of the lake and forest clasping each other.

Read more on Thekkady

And if you love the sun-kissed beaches and good seafood instead, then Varkala is the place to be. Here are five reasons that will convince you to spend some quality time at Varkala.