The misty resort town of Wayanad in north-east Kerala has a lot to be proud of. The town has been rated as one of the best places in the world and the best place in India to find hotels in terms of value for money and liked by customers. Apart from being the top place in the country, the popular Keralian tourist destination is ranked among the top 10 (ninth) in the world in the same index.
The top 10 spots are taken by scenic tourist destinations from countries like China, Hungary, Romania among others.
In a study done by the online hotel aggregator Trivago by comparing 9,00,000 hotels from 250 websites worldwide, the company released a list of 100 destinations worldwide keeping account of two parametersâ€” consumer rating and average hotel price.
"A district in Kerala encompassing several small towns and villages, Wayanad is famed for its Wildlife Sanctuary, an area of 345 square kilometres. Within this unspoilt area visitors can experience a unique mix of mountain scenery, paddy fields, waterfalls and cardamom and coffee plantations. Popular among trekking and camping enthusiasts, there are several defined treks within the region",says Trivago.
Traditionally, the pristine hill station of Wayanad situated in the Western Ghats has been popular amongst people within the state, but lately it has seen a surge in number of tourists swarming in from all around the country and even from abroad. It boasts of a variety of rare flora and fauna.
Wayanad can be reached via rail, road and air. The nearest rail station is 110 kms from Kozikhode with the Calicut International Airport being in the same city.
The other three Indian cities featuring in the top 100 are the Himalayan town of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand followed by Amritsar in Punjab and the popular desert town of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan ranking 13, 22 and 34 respectively globally.
The top spot is held by Fenghuang in China followed by Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.