Thiruvananthapuram, May 11 :  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 here. Also Read: BJP demands CBI probe into Kerala student’s rape and murderAlso Read - Night Curfew, Sunday Lockdown: COVID Curbs Continue In These States Amid Cases | Check Guidelines

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. Nominations for the awards are shortlisted by a panel of travel experts and professionals, following which readers vote both online and in the magazine. Also Read - 262 Prisoners Test Covid Positive At Poojappura Jail In Kerala, Kept in Separate Cell

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. 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. Also Read - Kerala High Court Bans Gathering of More Than 50 People In Kasargod District Amid Current Covid Situation