Kochi, a vibrant city in the Indian state of Kerala, has earned a prestigious spot on Conde Nast Traveller’s list of the best places to visit in Asia in 2024. The recognition highlights the city’s resurgence in tourism, driven by its unique attractions and sustainable practices. Kochi’s inclusion in Conde Nast Traveller’s prestigious list is a testament to the city’s allure as a tourist destination. From sustainable airport operations to responsible tourism initiatives, Kochi continues to evolve as a cultural and environmental gem in India. The recognition is a nod to the city’s commitment to providing enriching experiences for travelers while embracing eco-friendly practices and preserving its cultural heritage.
Solar-Powered Excellence at CIAL
Kochi International Airport (CIAL) stands out as the world’s first airport to operate solely on solar energy. This eco-friendly initiative underscores Kerala’s commitment to sustainable practices. Recently, CIAL further enhanced its offerings by introducing the largest business jet terminal in India, catering to the evolving needs of discerning travelers.
The Blue Yonder’s Contribution to Responsible Tourism
Conde Nast Traveller pays tribute to The Blue Yonder, a responsible tourism operator in Kochi. The company’s innovative approach is exemplified by the introduction of a twilight dining experience in Ezhikkara, drawing inspiration from the city’s historic Chinese fishing nets. The Blue Yonder goes beyond conventional tourism, offering experiences like conservation-focused mangrove trails and visits to climate-resilient Pokkali rice farms.
Revamped Nila River Voyages
The magazine highlights The Blue Yonder’s revamping of the Nila River voyages for 2023-2024. These two-week odysseys navigate along the state’s cultural lifeline, from the Palakkad gap to Ponnani. This initiative provides travelers with immersive experiences, allowing them to connect with Kerala’s rich cultural and natural heritage.
Ernakulam Market’s Transformation
Conde Nast Traveller anticipates the unveiling of the redesigned Ernakulam Market in early 2024. This historic market, with a legacy spanning 150 years, is undergoing significant improvements. The magazine acknowledges the market’s role as a cultural hub and eagerly awaits the completion of its years-in-the-making redesign.
Diverse Destinations in Conde Nast’s List
Apart from Kochi, Conde Nast Traveller’s list features diverse and captivating destinations in Asia. Notable mentions include the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, the historic Silk Road in Uzbekistan, the vibrant Chinatown in Bangkok, and the picturesque Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. Each destination offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty.