Condé Nast Traveller, the prestigious luxury travel magazine based in London, has designated Kochi in Kerala as one of the top destinations in Asia for the year 2024. Commending the city’s historic waterways that have enticed travelers for centuries, the magazine draws parallels to the allure experienced by Arab, Chinese, and European merchants in the 1300s. Highlighting Kochi’s innovative water metro system, the publication applauds it as a groundbreaking, socially inclusive transportation option connecting 10 islands across a 78-kilometer network. Launched in 2021, the water metro system is anticipated to reach new heights by late 2024, as it transitions to full solar power, setting a remarkable standard as one of the world’s pioneering environmentally sustainable transport initiatives.
The magazine highlights various compelling attractions in and around Kochi, such as the fully solar-powered international airport, the vibrant Ernakulam market, the picturesque Munnar, the lively local festivals in Kozhikode, the grandeur of Thrissur Pooram, the artistic allure of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the iconic Chinese fishing nets, the unique Pokkali rice, and the enchanting Nila river voyages. These features make a strong case for including Kochi and its neighboring areas in the travel plans of enthusiasts in 2024. Kochi has recently gained widespread recognition in the tourism industry, ranking among the top destinations visited by both international and domestic tourists in the country.
Condé Nast Traveller recommends exploring various destinations, including Kathmandu in Nepal, Singapore, the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Kobe in Japan, Bangkok in Thailand, Mongolia, Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, Da Nang in Vietnam, and the South and Central regions of Sri Lanka. Kerala Tourism celebrated this recognition on their page, eliciting excitement from travel enthusiasts.