A few days ago, London-based luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller rated Kerala's Kochi as one of the best places to go in Asia in 2024. Hailing the city's waterways as paths that lured visitors for centuries, the magazine says they are as attractive as they were to Arab, Chinese and European merchants in the 1300s. The publication also praises the Kochi water metro system and says, "As one of the first in the world, its water metro system—a socially inclusive transport option connecting 10 islands along a 78-kilometre network—was already revolutionary when it launched in 2021, but will set the bar even higher by late 2024, when it becomes fully solar powered."
Kochi's fully solar-powered international airport, Ernakulam market, Munnar, local festivals of Kozhikode, Thrissur Pooram, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the Chinese fishing nets, Pokkali rice, Nila river voyages... the magazine mentions numerous reasons to include Kochi and its adjacent areas in the 2024 bucket list of travellers. Kochi has been winning a lot of admiration in the world of tourism of late. Recently, it was revealed that the city is one of the top spots frequented by both foreign and domestic tourists, in the country.
Nepal's Kathmandu, Singapore, Uzbekisthan's Silk Road, Japan's Kobe, Thailand's Bangkok, Mangolia, UAE's Ras Al Khaima, Saudi Arabia's Red Sea, Vietnam's Da Nang, South and Central Sri Lanka are the other spots recommended by Condé Nast Traveller. Kerala Tourism also shared the achievement on their page to the excitement of travel aficionados.