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Top 5 luxury hotels in South India

Culture, diversity and tradition combine into one in South India. Whether you’re interested in visiting historical venues or simply learning about Indian history and culture, South India has a lot to offer. But when you’re visiting the South, where do you stay? Key to making your visit as comfortable as possible is finding the right luxury hotel for your stay. Here are five hotels that you can consider, for your stay in South India:

1. Kumarakom Lake Resort

If you’re visiting Kerala, then staying at the Kumarakom Lake Resort can be perfect for you. A well known luxury resort in South India, you can find this hotel on the banks of Lake Vembanad. The ambience is rich in flora and fauna, encompassing up to 25 acres. This resort has also won the World Travel Award, designating it as one of the leading resorts in India, for over four years.

Luxurious villas and suites are available, alongside a health club, specialty restaurants, and several other attractions. There’s also a teashop near the resort, as well as other places of interest.

2. Brunton Boatyard Kochi

For people interested in the colonial past of Kochi, the Brunton Boatyard can be an ideal stay. Inspired by the colonial past of the region, this hotel aspires to provide guests with an authentic taste of Kochi’s history.

During the British times, this location was a shipyard. Before, it was a boatyard that was highly renowned. Today, it’s a hotel. Enjoy the stately decor of the Brunton Boatyard, alongside its services, amenities, as well as delectable food.

3. ITC Grand Chennai

If you’re visiting Chennai then don’t miss out in staying at the ITC Grand. The ITC Grand in Chennai builds a link to the region’s history, allowing you to learn more about historical kingdoms that prevailed in this region. Even the entryways to this hotel are designed to be artistic.

Historically inspired, the anesthetics prevailing in this hotel make it a destination itself. The food and beverages available in this hotel allow you to get a taste of regional cuisine, alongside global cuisine. There’s also a large banquet space available, for corporate events, weddings, and more.

4. Taj Faluknama Hyderabad

For people visiting Hyderabad, a stay at the Taj Faluknama is essential. This is situated around 2000 ft above Hyderabad. It was originally built in 1894 and used to be the home of the Nizam. Today, this destination is known as a luxury hotel. There’s a restaurant called Adaa, known for the gastronomic delivers that it provides.

There are gardens and terraces on the property, which allow people to rejuvenate themselves. Merge the moderns with the ancient at the Taj Faluknama in Hyderabad.


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5. Evolve Back Hampi

Also known as the Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, this resort boasts regal chambers, arched hallways and well designed boulevards that transport you to the historical Vijayanaga Empire.

There are palace suites as well as pool villas that are available. The scenery is lined with forests as well as rubber boulders. Learn all about the city that was considered the best provided for in history, by staying at this destination.

To make your visit to South India truly memorable, consider staying at the luxury hotels and resorts mentioned in this list. Not only will your stay be luxurious, but you will also be able to learn about the history of the region as well.

Jay Kajaria is Founder of Bespoke India Holidays. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company that specialises in creating luxury trips to India and the subcontinent.

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Jay Kajaria

Jay Kajaria is the Director of Erudite Travel Consultants LLP – the company that owns Bespoke India Holidays. The company specializes in offering high quality bespoke tours, offbeat experiences to guests traveling to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Dubai and Southeast Asia region. The company has received National Tourism Award and has been nominated as a leading Luxury tour operator in Asia by World Travel Awards for year 2020, 2021 and 2022. Erudite Travel Consultants LLP is a responsible travel company focusing on community tourism, animal friendly tours, reducing carbon footprint and engaging in CSR initiatives.

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  1. A collection of hotels fit for a Maharajah!

    I always find India’s hotels that little bit more luxurious. Maybe it is the legacy of high expectations from those Maharajah days or perhaps the warmth of the Indian people. Whatever it is, staying at great hotels like these is always a magnificent experience.

  2. Reading these recommendations is very reassuring. I’ve been looking at the Brunton Boatyard as a possible base for exploring round the Kochi region.

  3. Both my wife and I read this post and then she asked me a very difficult question.

    “Which one of these 5 would you choose?”

    Not easy, If I HAD to make a choice then I think I’d opt for the Kumarakom Lake Resort. Probably due to the location and the 25 acres.

  4. Thank you for this amazing article on the top 5 luxury hotels in South India. As someone who appreciates luxurious accommodations and enjoys exploring different parts of India, this article has been incredibly helpful in narrowing down my choices for my next trip. The detailed descriptions and stunning photographs of each hotel have given me a glimpse into the lavish amenities and exquisite experiences they offer. I appreciate the effort you put into researching and curating this list, making it easier for travelers like me to make informed decisions. Thank you for sharing these top luxury hotels, and I’m excited to experience the grandeur and hospitality of South India.

  5. It must be well over a decade since we last went to India and I’m getting withdrawal symptoms. As we did the Golden Triangle then a trip to the south would make a lot of sense for our next trip.

  6. That first sentence goes a long way to summing up the irresistible appeal of Southern India. I’m a big fan of India and I’d certainly agree on culture, diversity and tradition. Though I’d also throw in colour, excitement and the warmth of the people too.

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