Planning a destination wedding? Here are 6 locations in and around India
Time of Confession: As much as we say we want a simple and intimate wedding, we secretly dream of having our wedding in a luxurious setting – a sea view on a beach in Sri Lanka or among the snow capped mountains of Kashmir. Can you relate too? You have come to the right place! We give you a list of 6 dream locations if you’re planning a destination wedding soon and a bonus of suggested places to bookmark.
1. Sri Lanka
With its rich culture and temples, exotic beaches, mountains and lake views and delicious cuisine, it is no surprise that Sri Lanka is one of the best wedding destinations for most couples. Plus, it’s the closest and affordable wedding to India – hello on a budget! Whether you want to get married on Bentota Beach or among the verdant mountains of Sri Lanka’s capital, Kandy, the island nation has it all. Wondering which site to lean on? Here are our suggestions. An ocean view is a must? Head to the Taj Bentota Resort & Spa, which offers two outdoor banquets with great views. Shangri-la’s Colombo and Hambantota properties are also must-sees with their stunning scenic spots. Do you like a hilly region? Amaya Resort in Amaya Hills hits the record.
2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
White sand beaches with crystal clear waters for our future wedding? Yes please! The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a strong argument for a destination wedding and offer a plethora of options for your rituals. Havelock and Port Blair are the best islands. The former is ideal for an intimate ceremony and the latter (being the capital) is an ideal choice when last minute arrangements arise. Our recommendations include SeaShell Resort & Spa, Munjoh Ocean Resort, and Symphony Palm Beach & Resort.
Rajasthan is an obvious choice for a destination wedding. Looking for a luxurious ceremony on a majestic property? Then bookmark Six Senses Fort Barwara. A 3 hour drive from Jaipur, the fort was originally owned by a Rajasthani royal family and was turned into a hotel this year. Do you remember Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’s mehendi Kalki ceremony? Or the cute scene by the pool where Ranbir and Deepika dip their feet? It can come true by planning your wedding there, aka The Oberoi Udavilas. And we cannot forget the historic Ajit Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Built in 1927, it was once the residence of the Prime Minister and younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The hotel makes sure your arrangements are catered for with its personalized service and decor.
Forget the usual and opt for a quirky place. Known for its ancient temples, breathtaking valleys and mountains, and Buddhist culture, Bhutan is the perfect place for a peaceful and spiritual wedding. Imagine getting married among stupas and monasteries or valleys with waterfalls. Looks beautiful, doesn’t it? Our venue suggestions include Taj Tashi nestled in the Thimpu Valley, a stellar property that captures Bhutan’s Dzong architecture in a contemporary way; Zhiwa Ling known for its handmade decor, from its carved wooden beams to the hand painted walls and ceilings); COMO Uma Paro, which faces the breathtaking Himalayas; and Six Senses Bhutan – with villas spread across 5 valleys, there are 5 different views to choose from for your special day. Now how can you not want to get married here?
Enjoy a secluded yet luxurious wedding on a property facing one of Kerala’s backwaters. Add to favorites Kumarakom Lake Resort. From an intimate ceremony in the middle of Vembanad Lake atop a beautifully decorated, open-to-the-sky boat with up to 100 guests to an exotic lawn flanked by the same lake with up to 400 guests, the resort offers several scenic locations for exchange your vows. Fancy a wedding on the beach? Turn to The Raviz Kovalam, one of India’s premier clifftop resorts or even Le Méridien Kochi. From ocean front ballrooms and banquet halls to beach ceremonies and pandhals, you’ll be spoiled for choice. You don’t have to worry about your eating arrangements. The two complexes take care of it, isn’t that a relief?
Competing with the Swiss Alps is our own Kashmir. We’re sure you’ll love this underrated romantic destination surrounded by snow-capped mountains and scenic valleys. But the best time to visit here is between May-June or September-October due to favorable weather conditions. For a fairytale vibe including the peaks of Affarwat and coniferous trees, trust the Khyber Resort in Gulmarg. Want to get married around Dal Lake? Vivanta DalView from Srinagar makes your wish come true. Do you love a royal wedding surrounded by mountains, greenery and a palace? The LaLit Srinagar is here to meet your needs.