Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thekkady named world’s top emerging destination by PATA

Thekkady, an iconic attraction in Kerala’s Idukki district known for its jaw dropping landscape splattered with rolling hills, dense forests and spice plantations, was today named the world’s top emerging destination by an international travel trade body.

Thekkady won the inaugural Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Challenge 2015 award along with Albay in the Philippines.

“The destination in ‘God’s Own Country’, which is home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, bagged the Top Destination Award in the second and third-tier cities category, the only category for cities,” a press release said. Albay received the honour in the category for regions, states and provinces.

The award, instituted by PATA, was announced in Bangkok. Thekkady and Albay beat a large number of destinations from around the world to win the award.

Situated on the banks of the Periyar lake, Thekkady is a leading wildlife destinations in the country. Besides the Periyar sanctuary, famous for its dense evergreen tropical forests and savannah grasslands, the destination is home to tiger, sambar deer, lion-tailed macaque and Nilgiri langurs.

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