There is no dearth of luxury resorts in India,however if you want to escape the hectic routine life and wander into utmost comfort and peace , then there is nothing better than the backwaters of South India. From enjoying scenic views to indulging in mouth watering delicacies and experiencing local culture , these resorts offer the best of everything. Here is a list of the best luxury backwater resorts in South India!
Kumarakom Lake Resort
Where: Kumarakom, Kerala
What’s so special about it? This 5-star resort located in the Kottayam district of Kerala is one of the most sought-after properties in this area. With a blend of both local and modern facilities, this property has everything you can imagine. From wooden ceilings and fabulous Asian interiors to a much talked about in-house restaurant, you will be living your dream vacation. The property also offers a lot of activities such as water sports, sunset cruises and village walks.
Accommodation: The hotels offers an option of luxury pavillion room, meandering pool villa and heritage villa with private pool.
Cost: The tariff starts at ₹28,350 for a luxury pavillion room and goes upto ₹38,250 for a heritage villa with a private pool. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
Turtle on the Beach
What’s so special about it? The property promises to give you a bohemian vibe in the background of peaceful Kerala’s backwaters. With striking interiors and a lounge like feel, this boutique hotel is an ideal backwater stay resort. All rooms here are sea facing. There are also a lot of options to explore inside the resort and in nearby areas. You can choose to do city tours of Poovar, Trivandrum and Kanyakumari as a part of the hotel packages.
Accommodation: The hotel offers about 7 different type of room options to suit your budget and stay needs. You can choose between a deluxe double room, a garden view room, double room with a seaview, Arabian sea view room, suite with balcony, turtle signature room and a duplex room.
Cost: The prices start at ₹9720 for a deluxe double room and can go upto ₹16500 for a duplex room. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
What’s so special about it? Offering views of the Kadinamkulam Lake in Trivandrum, this property is perfect for enjoying the local culture with the luxury that this resort offers. What sets this apart from the other resorts is the variety of activities that you can experience here. From scuba diving to water sports or a quiet Shikara boat ride, you will never get bored of the endless things to do around the resort.
Accommodation: Choose between a deluxe delight, lake view delight and grand suite room at this fabulous property.
Cost: Surprisingly budget friendly, given its location and facilities, the deluxe delight room starts at just ₹6313, while the grand suite room can cost you ₹12,711. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
What’s so special about it? This is an idyllic resort for doing absolutely nothing and simply enjoying a moment of peace while reading your favourite book or sipping a cup of tea while looking at views of the backwaters. Preferred for its perfect location with views of the Kerala backwaters , this resort is known for its comfort and wellness facilities.
Accommodation: The hotel offers villas with a garden view, heritage villas, deluxe double room and villa with a lake view.
Cost: Tariffs start at ₹16,000 for a garden view room and can go upto ₹22,950 for a villa with a lake view. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
What’s so special about it? Awarded on many travel forums as the best all-inclusive resort, this property is the epitome of luxury and comfort. Spacious rooms and villas which have a private pool are just the beginning to what you could experience as a part of your stay here. From free yoga sessions to spa and wellness facilities or relaxing in their Jacuzzi is all part of the amenities at this resort.
Accommodation: The hotel offers an option of your stay in a cottage, Zuri lagoon view room, deluxe view room and a presidential villa with a private pool.
Cost: The Zuri lagoon view room starts at ₹13,720 and the presidential villa costs ₹24,885. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
Where: Dindi, Andhra Pradesh
What’s so special about it? With calm views of the backwater and picturesque canals, this resort is the perfect getaway. Not only can you experience the backwaters, you can also participate in various activities and adventure sports such as zip-lining and rappelling. The restaurant here is also known to serve the best of cuisines in Andhra Pradesh and international dishes as well.
Accommodation: The hotel offers options of classic double room, premier room and a privilege suite.
Cost: The tariff starts from ₹7515 for all types of rooms. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere
Where: Vayalar, Kumarakom
What’s so special about it? Think of floating cottages, infinity pools and cultural programmes while you enjoy the surroundings sitting in your luxurious rooms. This and much more is possible at this resort in Kumarakom. This luxury 5-star resort is known for its service and facilities available around the property. You can also take their tours of the backwaters or shop for handicrafts in their local stores.
Accommodation: The property has 6 types of rooms. This includes the superior double room with balcony, deluxe double room with balcony, heritage double room, deluxe room, deluxe suite and a floating cottage.
Cost: The tariff starts at ₹15,600 for a superior double room and can go upto ₹28,000 for a floating cottage. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
The Serai Kabini
What’s so special about it? If you can’t decide between a wildlife or a backwaters holiday , then this resort is the perfect destination for you. You can relax by the waterfront or trek into the nearby forests where you can see the wildlife in their natural environment. Kabini is home to Asia’s largest herd of elephants. With more than 300 species of birds which are spotted here , you are sure to have that perfect morning waking up to the sounds of them chirping while you enjoy the backwater views from your room.
Accommodation: The property offers stay in waterfront verandas and villas with a river view.
Cost: A stay in one of the villas will cost you ₹14,000 per night. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast.
Backwater ripples Kottayam
What’s so special about it? If you are on a budget and yet want to experience the luxury of the backwaters, then this resort is the perfect place for you. Located close to the centre of Kumarakom, this features a large outdoor pool, state of the art spa facilities and sunset cruises which are all a part of the package during your stay here!
Accommodation: Choose between a garden view room, garden view executive room or a lake view room.
Cost: The tariff starts at ₹4850 for a garden view room and can go upto ₹9,500 for a lake view room. This cost is for twin sharing and includes taxes and breakfast. It also includes a free sunset cruise for 1 hour on a Shikara boat and discount on their spa and wellness packages.
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