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Kerala Wins 'Best Family Destination' 2016 Award

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Tourists travel in a boat along the backwaters at sunset in Alappuzha, Kerala, India, on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is counting on a revival in credit to accelerate growth in Asia's third-largest economy after the RBI cut its benchmark interest rate three times this year. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- Kerala has once again been named as the best family destination in the country at the Lonely Planet Magazine India (LPMI) Travel Awards 2016.

Kerala Tourism Director U V Jose received the award at a function in Mumbai on Monday, a release said.

A visitor sits combing her hair under a parasol at Kovalam beach in Kovalam, Kerala.

The annual awards showcase the best travel experiences available to Indians and anoint the best service providers, the preferred places to stay and the destinations Indians most love to visit, it said.

Locals, fishermen, gurus and tourists spend their holidays at the beach in Varkala, Kerala.

Nominations for the awards are shortlisted by a panel of travel experts and professionals, following which readers vote both online and in the magazine.

Besides being judged the best place to take the family along for a holiday, Kerala was also nominated in the best destination for 'culture' and 'to relax' categories.

A woman relaxes in a hammock at sunset on the beach of Varkala, Kerala.

Kerala Tourism had earlier won the Ulysses Prize of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation for its contribution as a global leader to sustainable tourism, the release added.

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