Kerala Only Indian State On New York Times list Of ‘52 Places To Go In 2023’

In a proud achievement for Kerala, the ‘God’s Own Country’ has been featured by the New York Times in its list titled ’52 places to go in 2023′. 


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Only Indian state on the global list

The US news publication has placed the Indian state in the 13th spot among the most visitable places around the globe while lauding the southern state’s ‘responsible’ tourism.

Kerala is the only Indian state to find a place on the global list, which has featured places such as London and Morioka, Japan, among others. 

According to the list, Kerala’s main attractions are its beaches, backwater lagoons, cuisine and rich cultural traditions like the ‘Vaikathashtami’ festival.

NYT trumpeted the Kerala government for its award-winning approach that lets visitors experience village life. 

Kumarakom, Maravanthuruth get special mention

The list categorically mentioned Kumarakom and Maravanthuruthu destinations for their exciting offerings.

Kumarakom, a small village in Kerala, is known for its picturesque backwaters.


Tourists visiting this site can engage in various fun activities such as weaving ropes from coconut fibre, paddling through canals, and climbing a palm tree. 

The list further mentions that tourists get to cherish village street art and traditional temple dance, among other fun events in Maravanthuruthu. 

Other global destinations on list

Apart from Kerala, other places that made it to the list are London, Japan’s Morioka, Kilmartin Glen in Scotland, Auckland in New Zealand, Palm Springs in California, the Kangaroo Island of Australia, Vjosa River in Albania, and Tromso in Norway. 

Kilmartin Glen/ Image by Wikipedia

Last year, Kerala was included by Time Magazine among 50 extraordinary destinations to explore in its list of “World’s Greatest Places of 2022”.

“Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. With spectacular beaches and lush backwaters, temples, and palaces, it’s known as “God’s own country” for good reason.” the report had said.

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