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Kerala beats Taj Mahal in Google search trends for 2012


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Dec 29  — South Indian state Kerala has edged
out Taj Mahal to become the country’s topmost travel destination in the Google’s search trends for this year, Press Trust of India reported.

Hill station Munnar, also in Kerala, figures the list of “Top 10” Indian destinations on Google’s Zeitgeist site showing search trends from around the

According to the sources of state tourism department, Kerala at number one
and the Taj Mahal at number two were followed by Wagah Border, Vaishno Devi and Amarnath.


The search trends in the travel category released by Google, showed Munnar
as number nine, followed by the Gateway of India. Kerala Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar termed the two listings for Kerala, including the number one spot, as a “great encouragement” for the state.

“Tourism is a leader in online promotional activities in Kerala. We are one
of the first government establishments to make use of the Internet to reach out
to the world,” he said.

Google’s Zietgeist, which covers all search categories, answers the question of what the world searched for in a particular year. The trending for the year means search queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period compared to the previous year. Most searched are the search queries with the largest volume of searches. Zeitgiest also contains  highest searched subjects and topics.

Kerala Tourism website (www.keralatourism.org) is one of the most popular
tourism destination websites in India. The site attracts over 250,000 unique
visitors every month. The Kerala Tourism gets around six million views every
year on YouTube.