For what seems like the first time, food has been the driver for Indian travelers, with more than 70 percent planning to go on a gastronomic getaway in the coming year. Food is traditionally an important point of consideration when planning a trip, especially in India where people have such diverse culinary habits. But the idea that more Indian travelers are planning their getaways for a culinary experience is something that TripAdvisor has reported in its India Gastronomy Survey 2017. Conducted in November, the survey looks at the best restaurants in the world as well. It found that 74 percent people plan to head to a destination to try its famous food, and 71 percent are interested in trying out particular restaurants. With that said, these were the food destinations that most people voted for. ALSO READ: Best Places in India to Celebrate Christmas 2017 Also Read - To Fight COVID-19, PM Modi Launches 'CARES Fund', Urges Citizens to Donate
With 49 percent opting for Goa, the beach paradise state is the winning entry in domestic destinations. Goa’s beaches, of which there are more than 30, are its big draw, but so is its cuisine, an interesting mix of Konkani and Portuguese sensibilities to reflect its colonial heritage. From local shack food to fine dining, you’ll find something for every kind of discerning foodie here in Goa. Also Read - Earth Hour 2020: Rohit Sharma Wants Citizens to do Their Bit For The Planet on Saturday
A traditional Sadhya feast in Kerala
The second most popular entry in India is Kerala, with an approval of 35 percent. God’s Own Country is a haven for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The land of spices is home to all kinds of meat, from mutton, beef, pork and chicken to mussels, prawns of all sizes, mackarel and more. With a heavy dose of coconut, shaved, grated, chopped or milked, and mustard seeds and curry leaves, Kerala is a proper gastronomic destination with flavors waiting to be discovered. Also Read - Can Feed 4 Lakh People From Today Onwards: Kejriwal Ramps up Efforts to Rescue Migrant Workers Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
Lucknow food scene
Lucknow ranks third in the list of domestic destinations for foodies, and for good reason. The home of Awadhi cuisine and the land of Nawabs is culinary heaven, especially for non-vegetarians. The kebabs and biryanis here are the specialty, and a mouthful of paan is the perfect closer to a delicious feast. The street food available in the narrow alleys of this historic city offer a myriad of tastes, smells and flavors. From the Boti Kabab to the Rogan Josh and Sheermals, Lucknow has delicacies galore. CHECK OUT: Here Are the 10 Most Instagrammed Places in India in 2017
People enjoy an aperitif, eating and drinking traditional foods in Bologna, Italy
On the international front, the one country that dominates the list of best food destinations in the world for Indians is Italy, with 90 percent choosing the land of love and wine. And it makes sense too; Indians love them some Italian food. Pizzas, pastas and risottos are available almost everywhere in the country, even though they are Indianized. For the real deal, you’ve just got to go to Italy itself and lose yourself in the sprawling countryside and cobblestoned alleyways.
Traditional floating market in Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is the second-most favored food destination for Indians looking to go international. There’s lots of good reasons to choose Thailand for your next big foodie trip. For one, it is really accessible and affordable. Second, Thai cuisine works really well with the Indian taste palette, with a generous load of spices and a nice balance of sour, salty, bitter, spicy and sweet. Expect plenty of herbs, spices, rice and fish sauce here and a lot of Chinese culinary influences. NOW READ: Festivals and Events in India in December 2017 to End the Year on a High Note
Parisian woman in cafe, drinking coffee and eating macaroons, traditional French dessert
Finally, we have France, with 26 percent opting for the land of croissants and pastries to satisfy their hunger for exploration. French cuisine is as complex as, well, everything else French. But immersing yourself in its culinary culture is immensely satisfying and should give you some major bragging rights.