The southern peninsula of India is aesthetically opulent and has incredible geographical and cultural diversity. Featuring stunning beaches, rolling hills, deep forests, sparkling rivers it provides an inimitable palette of visual backdrops. The gracious hospitality, incredible cuisine, steeped in tradition but with modern sophistication, makes South India a great choice to host a destination wedding. Here are some of our favourite venues.
Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, Kerala
Vivanta By Taj, Bekal is an eclectic property in Kerala. Spread over 26 acres of manicured gardens with a view of the backwaters, it is perfect for an intimate destination wedding. The elegant, banquet room, sprawled over 3405 square-feet is where all the magic of your big day happens. The lighting here can be coutured to enhance the ambience at each of your events. The resort can host guests in its seventy-one well-appointed villas and rooms, inspired by the design of the Kettuvallam house-boats. Unwind after your celebrations in the private plunge pools and the Jiva Grande Spa.
Vivanta By Taj – Madikeri, Coorg
Let your marriage be made high up in the heavenly hill ranges of Madikeri, Coorg. At an altitude of 4000 feet, just 5 hours away from Bangalore and a mere 8 km drive from the city centre, Vivanta By Taj, Madikeri is an irresistible blend of efficient accessibility and a faraway retreat. The 180 acres of living rainforest will give you an exceptional backdrop for the most special day of your life. Renew your vows in the traditional Kodava style at the amphitheatre, dressed in the local attire and participate in a ceremony inspired by the region’s customs. Take the romance a notch higher by exchanging rings made of twigs followed by champagne pop and getting yourself photo-snapped for posterity. Savour a personalised 101 Candles dining experience at the amphitheatre with just the rainforest being your audience. Perfect for an intimate wedding, your guests can pick from any of the 62 cottages, each with a breathtaking view. And there are plenty of activities for pre or post the wedding celebrations: bird watching, pottery, slush sports or even zip lining!
Vivanta by Taj – Fishermans Cove, Chennai
If you’ve set your heart on a beach wedding, you must come to Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove. Built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, it is one of the charming beach resorts of the Bay of Bengal that keeps welcoming back guests who can’t keep away. A 40 km drive away from the airport makes for the illusion of a delightfully secluded, very intimate beach wedding. Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. Each cottage and villa have a mix of Modern European and Scandinavian architecture, beautiful views and the Vivanta by Taj experience you can rely on.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Commemorate your eternal love against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the historical palace Falaknuma, designed by the Nizam himself. Rising 2000 feet above Hyderabad, in the lap of world-renowned hospitality, walk through the lush lawns and regard the perfect venue for your wedding. The majestic Durbar Hall draws inspiration from the mythological renderings of Indra Bhavan. Each of the palace’s 60 rooms have been restored and refurbished with utmost care. Allow yourself and your guests to revel in the indulgence and decadence of the legendary Nizami hospitality first hand at this spectacular Palace.
The Taj West End, Bangalore
When the match is made in heaven, it’s only apt that the wedding is in a location just as special. The Taj West End is a lush 20-acre garden oasis in the heart of Bangalore. Boasting beautiful garden spaces and trellis gazebos, The Taj West End is more legacy than hotel among Bangaloreans. It is considered the ideal destination to host the quintessential ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ or a big destination wedding. Guests will love any of the 117 rooms and suites, each designed with a sense of space, serenity, warm textures, fabrics and lighting along with a careful choice of contemporary furniture and stylish artifacts. A balcony or verandah in each room allows one to luxuriate with a view of the beautiful lawns . Choose any of the Taj West End venues, whether the poolside gazebo for a Mehndi Brunch, exquisite gardens for the wedding ceremony or one of the many banquet spaces for the sangeet and reception it will be a day to remember!
Taj Coromandel, Chennai
In the heart of Chennai’s vibrant commercial district, only 17 kms from the airport, planning a destination wedding at the Taj Coromandel, in this incredibly unique city is a breeze. Whether you choose a traditional ceremony or themed extravaganza, the team will move heaven and earth to ensure that your wedding is nothing short of perfection. Guests will love the luxurious beds, chic furnishings, marble bathrooms and access to one of India’s exceptionally authentic cultural, historical and simultaneously modern cities.