An integral part of traveling is the thrill of encountering the new and the unfamiliar. Leave the glitzy destinations for the Instagram tourists and keep in mind these 6 travel destinations to look out for in 2017.
- Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu
For a real taste of Chettinad cuisine, you will have to head to a small town in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga district, Karaikudi. This beautiful hamlet served as the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a banking community that traded in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Thanks to their prosperity, Karaikudi has amazing architecture, temples, antiques and more importantly brilliant, gourmand food. Brush up on your tamil and head over to Karaikudi in 2017 for a taste of lip-smacking chettinad crabs, dosais, appams and of course the famous, spicy murukus.
- Cornwall, England
Keep in mind, this place isn’t like London. One of the most interesting parts of England, Cornwall is sometimes not considered England at all – it has a different language altogether and the Cornish can’t stand the English. Cornwall is all about a craggy, surprisingly warm coastline and unpredictable storms. For those who grew up reading Enid Blyton, Cornwall is also where the adventures of The Famous Five are set.
When in Cornwall, hike in the cliffs around Crackington Haven and then head over to the lovely, historic St Ives. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some Cornish Pasties and a Stargazy pie – an unaccountably famous dish that has the heads of the constituent fish poking up through the pie crust, gazing at the stars.
- Port Elizabeth, South Africa
South Africa as a nation has a variety of sights and sounds on offer. Apart from the copious amount of culture and history, it’s also a country that takes its sports seriously. Port Elizabeth, Africa’s water sports capital in the Eastern Cape, nicknamed the ‘friendly city’ more than lives up to its moniker.
It is the ideal destination for 2017 as it has everything. The ocean is magnificent with a sumptuous selection of beaches and maritime activities, including the country’s best aquarium of dolphins, lush green forests, spectacular gorges and a vast array of wildlife safaris. To top it all Port Elizabeth is also the starting point of the world-famous Garden Route drive to Cape Town.
- Antwerp, Belgium
Alternately described as the new Paris for the innovative spin it put on fashion and the Milan of north foe its impeccable craftsmanship, Antwerp is your individualistic fashion destination for 2017. Antwerp represents fresh, one-of-a-kind, wearable fashion and exorbitant style.
Most fashion stores are concentrated around Nationalestraat, Lombardenvest and Kammenstraat. This area – was once a run-down district called the ‘parish of misery’ but now houses the biggest names in fashion. Visit this city for the full experience during the Antwerp Fashion Week and treat yourself to a luxurious stay at Hotel Julien.
- Berlin, Germany
Once the lynchpin of the 20th century, Berlin has now exploded into a centre for hedonism and freedom and hence is a top travel destination in 2017. Experience the chilling Cold War life, by visiting historic landmarks like Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall which exist in juxtaposition with the trendy cafes and ultra contemporary art galleries that surround them.
Get the best view of Berlin from the 308m TV Tower with a viewing platform. You can also make a meal of the visit here by dining at the revolving restaurant. Visit the Berliner Zoo which is home to over 14,000 animals.
- Udaipur, Rajasthan
With its shimmering lakes, palaces and temples at every corner, Udaipur is the epitome of romantic Rajasthan in 2017 and could even make for a wonderful wedding destination. Although decades have passed since it was the capital of the Mewar kIingdom, Udaipur retains a princely air and a historical air that remains untarnished by commercialization.
Visit the Jagadish temple, arguably the most beautiful temple in Rajasthan which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and draws devotees from all over the country. City Palace, Lake Pichola and Jag Mandir are must visits too.
2017 looks to be shaping up into quite a big deal for travelers. As more and more time passes, so to that we discover incredible places to visit. Plan your trip to one of these places with Cozmo Travel. If you’re looking for more blogs related to travel, click here.