10 Venues in South India for an amazing Destination Wedding
You’re dreaming of a beach wedding that throws a sunset glow over your vows and then turns you into artistic silhouettes before the stars come out to play and you get down to partying.
Whether you have wedding planners to turn that ephemeral dream into tangible reality or you’re doing it yourself, here’s a list of destinations that are most conducive to a dream wedding.
1. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Nestled in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort is all traditional stone temple architecture on the outside, modern luxury on the inside. Close to the beach, the hotel can facilitate a gorgeous beach wedding and its Lily Pond is a spectacular water body seemingly made for sophisticated cocktail parties and sensational sangeets.
Popular wedding planners, The A-Cube Project walk us through, “The Intercontinental is great for destination weddings especially if you want to host a beach wedding. It’s actually the best of both worlds because you can have an event on the beach but the property also has a clear space and a garden. The structure is in tones of grey so any color of décor will pop. Finally, the beautiful water body in the center courtyard is the highlight of the property.”
The hotel also has a 3368 sq. m. banquet space that will accommodate up to 250 guests for a private reception or an indoor after-party.
Photos Courtesy- Shades Photography
2. Taj West End, Bangalore
Located in the heart of Bangalore, the Taj West End is an iconic space with ancient trees and a Victorian-era post box that is still in use. The beautiful garden landscapes are surrounded by water bodies and are ideal for a reception or cocktail party. The contemporarily designed banquet hall is also a great venue for a beautiful indoor wedding ceremony. Wedding Planner Poonam Mayank Sharma says, “Whether it’s the sprawling 20 acres of lush greenery, the ancient Banyan tree or the vintage style terracotta suites that are replete with only the most luxurious facilities, this property is the perfect venue for a destination wedding. If you’re looking for a seamless synthesis between modern sensibilities and the charm of a bygone era, this is it. We’ve planned the entire gamut of weddings – grand, royal celebrations and chic, vibrant events here. We really make the most of the natural surroundings for al fresco events. The banquet halls are perfect for a Great Gatsby theme and the heritage elements of the property lend a regal touch to a wedding.”
3. Vivanta by Taj, Bekal
Situated serendipitously between the balmy beaches and the serene backwaters of Kerala, Vivanta by Taj Bekal makes an idyllic destination-wedding venue. The 26- acre property features 66 laterite-lined villas and the beautiful Kappil beach shoreline that reaches out to the expansive lawns, perfect for a beach or vintage garden themed wedding.
4. Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
Taj Fisherman’s Cove in Chennai is a seaside hotel that presents an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary ambience with the Taj’s signature hospitality and service. Apart from its culinary expertise, the hotel is well known for its private dining cabanas and architectural grandeur that definitely make it a favorite choice for exotic destination weddings in India. Wedding Planners Krafted Knots agrees, “Taj Fisherman’s Cove is one of the South’s favorite beach destinations. Their recently renovated lobby has an open, refreshing feel and their cottages come with lovely views. Their wedding venue Machan allows you a beach mandap so you can have a ceremony with the perfect backdrop. You could also get married on the beach.
Their restaurants serve excellent coastal cuisine and the menus can be styled to suit every palate and preference. If you’re having a wedding here, you are also spoilt for choice with their different venues that work for pre-wedding functions.”
5. The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort and Spa
Situated on the banks of India’s longest lake, the Vembanad, Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort and Spa is spread over 18 acres and is considered one of the most picturesque destination wedding venues. Within the property, you will find Mridangam – the largest wedding hall complex in Kerala, which is divided into two smaller halls, Bhairavi and Poorvi. The halls can accommodate up to 176 guests in theater style seating and close to 250 guests in classroom style seating.
Wedding Planner Rainmaker Events and Entertainment say, “The Zuri Kumarakom Hotel is one of the most beautiful and pristine properties in Kerala. Choosing Zuri Kumarakom as a wedding destination is an easy decision. Their venues let you accommodate all kinds of themes, ceremonies and capacities. The amphitheater and poolside are both ideal for a variety of fun pre-wedding functions. The ballroom yearns for your classic reception and DJ events. They also have a brilliant cigar bar for intimate get-togethers. Villas with private pools are perfect for stag and hen party shenanigans. And last but not least, the backwaters prove to be the most picturesque backdrop for your wedding time and time again. The Zuri Kumarakom is one of the most experiential venues especially for weddings, in Kerala.”
Photos Courtesy- Tamarind Weddings
6. ITC Windsor, Bangalore
If you’re looking for a vintage, colonial setting – a genteel English manor house, a garden in bloom and a sprawling banquet space, the ITC Windsor Bangalore would be ideal. The hotel offers three luxurious indoor banquet halls and a gorgeous poolside area for al fresco weddings. Wedding planners Mushtaq Ali and Ipsita Biswas Ali of Celebrations explain, “The hotel combines old world architecture with a royal ambience along with super hospitality. It is also one of the best places to work as a wedding planner and offers great guest services.”
7. The Leela, Kovalam
With its own private beach and a super luxurious outdoor area, the Leela Kovalam in Kerala is pure delight. Situated on a cliff, the property offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the Kovalam coast. The Sky Bar and the infinity pool outdoor area are particularly great for hosting intimate destination weddings and gatherings. Wedding planner Pawan Mirchandani of Horizon WIE agrees, “The Leela Kovalam is a beautiful location for hosting a grand beach wedding as well as intimate one. The private beach area is amazing and looks wonderful in photographs too!”
Photo Courtesy: Navdeep Soni
8. Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri
Situated in the heart of Coorg, in the vicinity of a 180 acre rainforest, the Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri is perfect for a wedding that leans towards rustic, relying on natural light and serenity as ambience. The hotel provides a curated wedding service that will facilitate all your wedding celebration needs.
9. Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Sunkissed and glittering sea and sandscapes, customized service and plan for a dream destination wedding are what you get with the Munjoh Ocean Resort. Ahan Destination Management’s CEO, Shankar Ganesh seals the resort’s reputation as a wedding planner’s delight, “The place is perfect for close knit weddings. With a picture perfect, well-maintained beach property, the Munjog Ocean Resort in Havelock is a cost friendly option for anyone wanting a fairytale dream wedding in India.”
10. The Golden Palm Hotels & Spa, Bangalore
From a grand event to an intimate one, the Golden Palm hotel & Spa is the ideal place to celebrate the most special day of your life! The varied architectural surroundings of the hotels serve as great backdrops for wedding photography. The well equipped indoor and outdoor space can easily accommodate from 200 to 2000 guests, which is always a plus if you have a large guest list!
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