Kerala a favourite with international celebs

Thiruvananthapuram: British actor and fashion designer Sadie Frost is among a host of celebrities to get charmed by the beauty of Kerala.

Beckoning her fans, Frost said, "Its bin amazin. spice boat cruise on Kerala backwaters has bin 1 of the best experiences of my life (sic)." Frost, who runs fashion label Frost French, wrote: "It is so peaceful and relaxing.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II" actor Bill Nighy`s daughter Mary Nighy, an actor and filmmaker, has also given the thumbs up to Kerala.

Indian origin British actor-singer Preeya Kalidas tweeted "Kerala is sooo beautiful".

Another British actor of Indian descent, Shobna Gulati, the star of television serial `Coronation Street`, was in Kochi and Kumarakom for her vacation.

The celebrities lavishing praises on Kerala on social networking sites is seen as an encouraging trend by the state tourism. "Many international celebrities selected Kerala as their destination for holidaying. We are glad to know that Kerala offers them just what they need… beauty, peace and harmony," Kerala Tourism Director Rani George said.

Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto, the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was another high profile visitor to the God`s Own Country, a few months ago.

Other celebrities who have visited the state in the last two years included British rock star Sting and Irish singer and anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof.

In November last year, Rolling Stones lead vocalist Mick Jagger`s daughter Jade Jagger, a celebrated fashion designer, stayed in a houseboat in Alappuzha, besides visiting Kollam.