Kochi Is Now On Lonely Planet’s List of Top Cities in 2020

Famous travel brand Lonely Planet released a list of the top destinations in the world to visit in 2020. Amongst the top cities to travel in the world, Kochi is ranked seventh in the list, and it is the only destination from India

Lonely Planet Speaks

Sunset at Kochi, Kerala
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Lonely Planet stated: "We ask everyone, from our writers and editors to our online family of social media influencers, and amid fierce debate, the list is whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just ten countries, ten regions, ten cities and ten best value destinations. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. We also take sustainable travel seriously – helping you to have a positive impact wherever you choose to go."

What Happened on the List
Cities that made it to the list and came before Kochi were Salzburg, Austria, followed by Washington, DC. in the US and Cairo on the third spot. The website also stated: "With boho cafes, intimate homestays hidden away in lazy, colonial-era backstreets, and a raft of forward-thinking galleries, this city keeps a tight grip on its heritage while wholeheartedly embracing its newfound cool."

Lonely Planet described Galway as Ireland's most engaging city and Vancouver as the birthplace of 'Greenpeace' as the city aiming to lead the world into urban sustainability.
List of top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2020 - Lonely Planet

1. Salzburg (Austria)
2. Washington, D.C. (United States)
3. Cairo (Egypt)
4. Galway (Ireland)
5. Bonn (Germany)
6. La Paz (Bolivia)
7. Kochi (India)
8. Vancouver (Canada)
9. Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
10. Denver (United States)
Destinations That Do Justice to the Budget
Madhya Pradesh was third in the other list of budget-effective destinations. East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia and Budapest, Hungary were on the first two positions.

Tigers in Madhya pradesh
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"There's Wildlife spotting with a difference in this state of India. The first difference is the price - wildlife-spotting excursions come with a far lower cost than in Africa. In Madhya Pradesh's wildlife reserves, including Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Pench National Park, there are lots to see beyond tigers; you might spy wild boar, spotted deer and langur monkeys.

Khajuraho temple Madhya Pradesh
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"It's a slightly different experience to an African safari - tiger spotting is all about the mystery; the rare flashes of famous stripes through the forest, and it's not unusual to see nothing at all of the biggest of big cats. But your chances are getting better as numbers slowly recover. Elsewhere in the state, you'll find celebrated sights such as Khajuraho's temples and the historic small towns of Orchha and Mandu that attracts fewer visitors than big-name destinations in neighbouring Rajasthan," the brand said.

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