8 Best Luxury Resorts in South India

8 Best Luxury Resorts in South India

South India is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and warm hospitality. In addition to these attractions, the region is home to a plethora of luxury resorts that provide the ultimate escape for travellers seeking opulence, comfort, and rejuvenation. From tranquil beachfront retreats to lush hillside getaways, South India offers a diverse range of luxury resorts that cater to every traveller’s desires. In this article, we will explore eight of the best luxury resorts in South India, highlighting their unique features, world-class amenities, and the unparalleled experiences they offer.

1. Mountain Shadows Resort Wayanad

sky view of mountain shadows, a luxury resort in south india

Let’s begin with why Mountain Shadows is one of the best resorts in South India.

Nestled amidst a picturesque landscape, this resort offers accommodations with stunning mountain views. Immerse yourself in nature’s tranquillity as you enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, relax in the garden, unwind on the terrace, and dine at the on-site restaurant. Here are a few photos of the resort:

An aerial view of a 5 star resort in Kerala, Mountain Shadows Wayanad
Woman enjoying a swim at a Wayanad resort with pool

Mountain Shadows offers you different kinds of villas, catered to your specific needs. If you’re looking for a private getaway with a loved one, you can check out the private pool villa, or the jacuzzi villa. The resort also has a stunning infinity pool that you can spend hours in.

The rooms are designed to provide comfort and feature a balcony to soak in the scenic surroundings. Each unit is equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries.

The food is incredible at Mountain Shadows!

Start your day with a delicious breakfast, offering a buffet, à la carte, or continental options. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, you can enjoy cycling nearby and explore the beautiful surroundings.

MOUNTAIN SHADOWS RESORTS is conveniently located close to popular attractions. Meenmutty Falls is just 2.2 km away, while Banasura Sagar Dam is 4.6 km from the resort. The nearest airport is Kannur International Airport, situated 89 km away, but airport transportation is offered if you need it.

The resort offers a ton of amenities, including play zones for children, boating activities, and so much more.

Mountain Shadows is the ultimate luxury resort in South India you’ve been seeking. Renowned for its impeccable reputation and countless happy guests, you’ll find an abundance of positive reviews and feedback online to support your decision. Waste no further time and seize the opportunity to call us for room availability, securing your dream getaway today!

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2. Kumarakom  – Kumarakom Lake Resort

 Kumarakom Lake Resort
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Kumarakom Lake Resort is a luxury resort in South India, situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, in Kerala. Nestled amidst Kerala’s expansive backwaters, the resort offers a blend of refined luxury and heritage in the midst of natural beauty. The resort provides a view of the pristine backwaters and features many luxury villas. Guests can enjoy fine dining experiences and houseboat rides, among other memorable activities.

Located in Kerala’s Kottayam district, Kumarakom Lake Resort offers a range of outdoor and water activities. It boasts multiple swimming pools, an Ayurvedic spa, and three dining options.

The resort’s rooms are surrounded by beautiful gardens and swimming pools. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with cable TV, a safety deposit box, and tea/coffee making facilities.

Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities like water skiing, banana boat rides, and speedboat rides. The resort’s staff can arrange sunset cruises, village walks, and visits to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Additionally, the resort provides a 24-hour reception and a business center.

Kumarakom Lake Resort is conveniently located 72 km from Cochin International Airport.

3. Ooty –  Taj

Ooty -  Taj
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This remarkable heritage property boasts a captivating colonial-style charm. Set amidst six acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, it offers a truly immersive experience.

Since its establishment in the year 1829, this property has been a living testament to colonial architecture.

The cottage-style rooms provide a cosy retreat, each adorned with private sitting areas and traditional fireplaces, reminiscent of a bygone era. Embrace the tranquility of nature with invigorating nature walks, exciting treks, boating expeditions, birdwatching escapades, fishing adventures, and more.

As the sun sets, gather around the evening bonfire, engaging in delightful games and activities within the premises, ensuring an enchanting experience throughout your stay.

At this property, your beloved furry companions are more than welcome, as it proudly extends a pet-friendly environment. Abundant amenities cater to families, including a dedicated kids’ game room, a playground for endless fun, and the option to enjoy pony rides and bicycles upon request.

4. Kodaikkanal – The Tamara Kodai

The Tamara Kodai
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Situated in the serene destination of Kodaikanal, a mere 1.7 km away from Bryant Park, The Tamara Kodai presents an exceptional accommodation experience. This 5-star luxury resort offers a range of amenities, including an inviting outdoor swimming pool, convenient free private parking, a lush garden, and a shared lounge for guests to unwind. The resort prides itself on providing exceptional service, with a 24-hour front desk, room service, and complimentary WiFi for guests’ convenience.

The resort’s rooms are thoughtfully designed and furnished, each featuring a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, comfortable bed linen, and towels. Guests can expect a restful stay with access to amenities such as a wardrobe and a kettle in their rooms.

The on-site restaurant serves food from different cuisines. The restaurant also caters to dietary preferences, offering vegetarian, dairy-free, and halal options upon request. Guests can start their day with a delightful buffet, à la carte or continental breakfast served at the property.

For those travelling with children, the resort provides a dedicated children’s playground, ensuring little ones have a memorable and enjoyable time. The area surrounding the resort is popular for cycling, providing an opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings.

The Tamara Kodai’s convenient location places it just 2.1 km away from Coaker’s Walk and 2.3 km from Kodaikanal Bus Stand. For travellers arriving by air, the nearest airport is Madurai Airport, situated 132 km from the resort.

5. Mahabalipuram  – Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram
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This delightful luxury hotel in South India offers the perfect setting for a rejuvenating getaway, boasting expansive outdoor pools and a picturesque golf course.

Each air-conditioned chalet features beautiful interiors with tiled flooring, providing a relaxed and comfortable ambience. Guests can enjoy modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV, a safe, and a minibar. Select chalets to offer mesmerizing views of the pool or the sparkling sea.

Indulge in a soothing massage at the spa. The hotel also offers convenient in-house shops and bicycle rental services, allowing you to explore the surroundings at your leisure.

Savour a wide range of international cuisines at the resort.

The property enjoys close proximity to notable landmarks, including the Shore Temple, Krishna Butter Ball, Panch Rathas, and the Light House, offering an enriching cultural experience. Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram is conveniently located 58 km from Chennai Airport and 96 km from the historical city of Pondicherry.

6. Telugana  –  Taj Falaknuma Palace

Taj Falaknuma Palace
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Indulge in a beautiful experience and enjoy world-class service at the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Perched 2000 feet above the city of Hyderabad, this luxurious 5-star property combines colonial and Indian architectural styles. Discover the heritage walk, showcasing meticulously crafted artefacts from around the world, and immerse yourself in the ultimate pampering at the top-notch spa.

The spacious rooms at Taj Falaknuma Palace feature high wood-beamed ceilings, adorned with pastel shades, floral fabrics, and exquisite wood furnishings. The resort also offers a beautifully landscaped pool, well-equipped fitness facilities, and bespoke tailoring services for an enhanced stay experience.

Conveniently located within 5 km of the magnificent Charminar Monument and Chaumallah Palace, Taj Falaknuma Palace offers complimentary parking for guests. It is a mere 20-minute drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and the vibrant Banjara Hills.

Savour an exceptional culinary journey with the resort’s six dining options.

Experience luxury at Taj Falaknuma Palace. From its breathtaking setting to its world-class amenities, this iconic palace invites you to immerse yourself in a world of refined elegance and unparalleled hospitality.

7. Mysore  –  Lalitha Mahal Palace

Lalitha Mahal Palace
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Lalitha Mahal is a palace hotel steeped in grandeur and history. Originally constructed by the esteemed Maharaja of Mysore this Italianate palazzo now stands as one of India’s most luxurious hotels, offering guests an opportunity to experience princely living within the authentic surroundings of a Maharaja’s palace. Perched gracefully on a gentle hill just outside the royal city of Mysore, the Lalitha Mahal Palace captivates with its shimmering white façade and elegant domes, surrounded by sprawling terraced gardens.

At Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, located a mere 4 km away from the Mysore Bus Station and the iconic Mysore Palace, you can enjoy a host of exceptional amenities and facilities. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, indulge in a friendly match at the tennis court, or engage in a leisurely game of billiards. Stay connected with complimentary WiFi access available in the hotel rooms.

Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel enjoys a prime location, just 2 km away from the renowned Mysore Zoo and 5 km from the scenic Chamundi Hill. The Mysore Railway Station is a convenient 8 km away, while the Mysore Airport is situated 15 km from the hotel.

8. Coorg – Evolve Back

Coorg – Evolve Back
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Nestled amidst the pristine beauty of Coorg, Evolve Back, Coorg invites you to embark on a luxurious journey of discovery. This resort is enveloped by the legendary river Cauvery and surrounded by untouched forests.

The resort boasts an outdoor infinity pool, where you can bask in the serenity of the surroundings. For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the Ayurvedic spa awaits, offering a sanctuary of tranquillity. Stay active at the well-equipped gym or spend quality time with your little ones at the children’s activity center.

Evolve Back Coorg enjoys a strategic location, with Mysore Airport located 110 km away and Ooty’s hill station situated 160 km away. Bangalore International Airport can be reached in approximately 275 km.

The cottages and villas at the resort provide a comfortable retreat, each featuring a flat-screen TV, a fridge, and an electric kettle. The private bathrooms offer hot water facilities, ensuring comfort throughout your stay. Select villas even offer the luxury of a private plunge pool and a cosy sit-out area.


So, there you have it, a comprehensive list of some of the best luxury resorts in India, starting with the main attraction, Mountain Shadows in Wayanad. We hope this article was helpful and hope you have an amazing stay at the resort you choose!

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