10 Best luxury resorts in South India

- The Holiday Navigator

A lovely spacious room, probably with attached pool, a great view from the room, a lovely spread of food, ample leisure activities and courteous service, isn’t this what we expect on every holiday? And when it’s a special occasion like Honeymoon, wedding anniversary or birthdays, we start looking for suitable resorts to offer the best of stay to our families. Although resorts come in different budgets, treating ourselves with a night or two at a luxury resort is a moral decision.


If you have ever dreamed of the same, we have got you covered! We have curated a list of the 10 best luxury resorts in the South of India;


1. EVOLVE BACK, COORG

Website: https://www.evolveback.com/coorg/


Evolve Back located in Coorg, is an award-winning 300-acre resort surrounded by coffee plantations. The moment you step into the resort, you enter into fantasy land. Their high belief in ‘Sustainable Tourism’ has led them in maintaining a no-plastic zone with minimal water usage to make Earth a safer place for generations to come. They offer 4 different types of villas with every type having a personal pool attached for ultimate luxury. There are 5 dining options of which the most special and unique is the tree top restaurant specifically for couples. With trained personnel in the resort, you can get a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. Else, you can take a dip in the scenic infinity pool. Or you can indulge in experiences such as a Plantation walk, Bird watching, or a Coracle ride.


Room prices start around INR 25000 per night with 2 meals


2. KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT, KUMARAKOM

Website: https://www.kumarakomlakeresort.in/


Overlooking the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Lake Resort is located at just 1.5hrs drive from Cochin. The main attraction of the resort is the giant 212-meter-long Pool which connects 21 villas directly. With 5 types of rooms, the resort gives you a soothing ambiance for a day off from routine work. There are 3 world-class restaurants. Kumarakom being a backwater destination, the resort offers many activities on Vembanad Lake like Speedboat, Banana Ride, and sunset cruise for a romantic getaway. But the best part is a trip in Houseboat, where you can fall asleep for the night while floating over lake makes it one of the best family resorts.


Prices start at INR 16000 per night with many complimentary activities like a sunset cruise


3. VYTHIRI RESORT, WAYANAD

Website: https://www.vythiriresort.com/


Surrounded by greenery, the Vythiri resort at Wayanad offers one of the most unique experiences in entire India – Tree House Stay with all grandeur facilities. Not just treehouse, they also offer 4 other types of stay during the vacation. Situated at 2600 feet above sea level, this resort is well known for its hospitality. They provide many adventure activities like trekking, cycling, and football turf to keep your adrenaline pumped up. Even for kids, there is an exclusive kids park and games room. With a multi-cuisine restaurant serving tasty dishes, if Wayanad is in your South India tour destination, Vythiri resort should be on the priority list for stay.

Room rates start at INR 15000 including 3 meals


4. THE TAMARA, KODAIKANAL

Website: https://www.thetamara.com/kodaikanal-resort/


The Tamara is a 180-year-old property that combines heritage with luxurious experiences. Having 53 suites with wooden floors, colonial interiors, and room heaters, Tamara offers its guests to enjoy the tranquil views of Kodai Hills. The resort features the only temperature-controlled Pool across the entire Kodaikanal. You will be able to taste their dishes at their multi-cuisine restaurant named La Providence. There is also a French-style bistro bar named Bistro 1845 serving European dishes with cocktails. You can spend your time happily playing Billiards or many types of Board games above the La Providence restaurant. You can even have a cooking class with the chef to enhance your expertise in cooking. If you want to spend your time leisurely, The Rejuvenate Spa is available to you.


Room tariffs start around INR 10000 with breakfast and dinner included


To find out more about Kodaikanal and the sightseeing places read our blog - Best places to visit in South India during Summer. Click here to read.


5. PALAIS DE MAHE, PONDICHERRY

Website: https://www.cghearth.com/palais-de-mahe


Palais De Mahe is a beautiful French-styled colonial hotel situated at a walking distance of Promenade Beach of Pondicherry offering calming views of the Beach. As an in-house guest, you can accompany the chef here on a market tour to pick put organic veggies for your meal, isn’t that cool?. Or else you can take part in their morning Yoga classes. There are 3 types of rooms to choose from for stay. The resort also has an Insta-worthy pool, where you can take many good pictures. There is a café nearby pool for snacking and a rooftop restaurant to satisfy the taste buds. They also arrange for heritage walks, Rickshaw rides, and visit the nearby town of Auroville.


Stay for one night starts from INR 8250 with complimentary breakfast


6. LEELA PALACE, BANGALORE

Website: https://www.theleela.com/en_us/hotels-in-bengaluru/the-leela-palace-hotel-bengaluru/


Among the hustle and bustle of Bangalore, when you enter into the gates of Leela Palace, you will be teleported to a calm space. The architecture of Leela Palace is inspired by Mysore Palace and hence you may have some jaw-drop moments when you see the property with so much grandeur. The resort is so plush with greenery that they even have a private waterfall inside the property. Since it located in the center of town, the resort arranges for many tours around the city which helps to organize your city exploration and shopping. You can try your hands at golf with the course in close proximity. The 6 dining options, are going to give you a dilemma in choosing which restaurant to dine at.


You can spend a night in Leela Palace at a price of INR 6500


7. TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE, HYDERABAD

Website: ( https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-falaknuma-palace-hyderabad/


If you want to spend your holiday like a royalty staying in a Palace, you can fulfill your wish with a stay at Taj Falaknuma in Hyderabad. It was indeed once a palace of Nizam of Hyderabad, rumored to be the richest man in the world during 1890s. Wherever you look inside the property, you will feel charmed and royalty. You will be welcomed into the property in the horse-driven carriage, just as a king. There are 5 types of suites, each with awe-inspiring interiors. You can eat at their 3 dining restaurants with beautiful chandeliers acting like a jewel in a crown. Taj Falaknuma is well known for organizing wedding functions. The beauty of the Palace cannot be described in words, it has to be experienced.


Prices start at INR 19000 per night for a stay in this elusive property


8. THE SERAI KABINI, NAGERHOLE

Website: https://www.theserai.in/kabini-resort/


The Serai Kabini at Nagarhole is the place that offers the combo of wildlife and exorbitance. Located at 60kms from Mysore, Nagarhole is rich with floras faunas of nearby located National Park. The resort has just 16 rooms of 3 types, but each comes with a view of the pristine Kabini river flowing across the resort. Rooms blend both luxury and natural serenity. They offer a sunset ride on a coracle to have some special moments. They also organize a Jungle Safari for visiting the national park which is known for leopard and bison. When you are planning for a wildlife destination for the south India tours, go ahead with The Serai Kabini at Nagerhole for an amazing experience.


It costs around INR 16000 per night for a stay in this property with a complimentary breakfast


9. THE RAVIZ KOVALAM, KOVALAM

Website: https://www.theravizkovalam.com/


Situated on a clifftop of Kovalam Beach is this 60-acre property - The Raviz Kovalam. It is one of the most sought-after south Indian resorts, especially for destination weddings. They offer a variety of types of accommodation of royal elegant rooms. There are 3 restaurants and 2 bars to make sure dining experiences are top-notch during the stay. Panoramic views of the Arabian Sea set the mood right for a rejuvenating session at the Spa. There are also daily yoga and meditation classes to make you energized for the day at the resort.


Rooms price starts from INR 8000 per night with complimentary breakfast


10. THE LALIT GOLF AND SPA RESORT, GOA

Website: https://www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-goa/


There are many resorts in Goa and then there is Lalit Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is a class above its counterparts, being situated in the most beautiful section of South Goa. The resort is massive in size with 85 acres and it has so many activities that you need not have to go outside of the property for enjoyment. There is a Garden Maze, spa, private beach, entertainment room for kids, quad biking, and Archery. But the cherry on top of these things is the world-class 9-hole golf course. Situated near to the beach, there are endless water activities available like Jet Ski, Banana ride, paragliding, etc., You always will be amazed at this grand 255 suite room resort of which 10 are villas. They keep you bamboozled with 4 restaurant options.


This Portuguese-inspired property has suites starting from Rs. 7000 per night


Goa is one of the best beach destinations in India. To know more beach destination read our blog - "7 Beach Destinations in India" by clicking here




With unmatched service and hospitality, all these resorts strive hard to deliver a delightful experience during your South India tour. Now that you know the best south India resorts, feel free to contact us for a perfect staycation in these family resorts.

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