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Ravinder Malik Jul 25 2014

Which are the top 10 beach resorts in south India?

Jigyasha Prasad Jul 25 2014
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Here is a list of the top 10 beach resorts in south India that are excellent seaside getaways. There are some amazing and relatively unspoilt beaches in south India. If you are in the mood to indulge yourself with an excellent beach holiday, then these are ideal places for you.

Vivanta by Taj (from official website of Taj)

1. The Leela, Kovalam

The top choice when it comes to luxury beach resorts, the most attractive feature of the Leela in Kovalam is its location. Set on top of a cliff overlooking the pristine Kovalam Beach, this resort has a picture-perfect setting. It is a luxurious and opulent hotel that offers top-notch facilities. It has an excellent Ayurvedic wellness spa, a famous salon, a very inviting pool, a gift shop where you can pick up Kerala knick-knacks and for the sports enthusiasts, the hotel has a badminton court, beach volleyball, table tennis, jogging track and much more!

Leela, Kovalam (from official website of Leela)

Telephone: +91-471-3051234

The interiors have been done up keeping a traditional Indian theme in mind. Each room evokes graceful elegance and warm aesthetics. If you book a club room, you will get a personal butler and a private lounge. The Kovalam Palace or the Halcyon Castle, built as a beach resort for the Travancore royalty in 1932, lies within the premises.

The Leela, Kovalam (from official website of The Leela)

2. Taj Green Cove Resort, Kovalam

Just 12 km from the airport, this spa resort is located in the main beach of Kovalam and spread across more than 10 acres of lush greenery. The hillside cottages with options for single rooms or suites offer a garden view or a sea view. Each cottage is luxuriously appointed with all the modern amenities that a world traveller is accustomed to.

Telephone: +91-471-6613000

Taj Green Cove Resort (from official website of Taj Green)

The surrounding scenic beauty of the backwaters and the beaches around Kovalam is perfect for an idyllic seaside holiday. Relax at the resorts stunning infinity pool, walk in the beautifully landscaped gardens, play a bit of table tennis, or spend some time at the library or gym, there’s a lot of things to do at the resort. Taj Green cove also has an excellent spa.

Spa at Taj Green Cove (from official website of Taj Green Cove)

3. Devbagh Beach Resort, Karwar (near Goa)

This pristine property is situated in Karwar amidst a casuarina grove and has its own private beach. The resort has 6 tented cottages, 4 cottages and 8 log cabins--all equipped with modern amenities. If you are an adrenaline junkie, the resort can organize speed boat cruises, water scooter rides, para sailing and banana boat rides for you. If you prefer to have a laid-back holiday, you can enjoy leisurely walks along the beach, visit the nearby fishing villages or enjoy the barbecue and bonfire the resort arrange on the beach each night. Karwar is a short drive away from Goa and is still relatively unspoilt.

Telephone: +91-80-22111401

Devbagh Resort, Karwar (from official website of Devbagh)

Devbagh Beach Resort, Karwar (from official website of Devbagh Resort)

4. Bangaram Beach Resort, Lakshadweep

If you are looking for an island paradise, cut off from the rest of the world, then the Bangaram Beach Resort is where you should head to. Set on a huge stretch of 128 acres in close proximity to Bangaram Island, the resort has 30 very basic beach huts and 4 spartan bungalows. Each hut has its own palm-thatched verandah, en suite bathroom, ceiling fan and fridge. Mobile connectivity is non-existent making this the ideal place to forget all about work, stress and worries and just sit back and enjoy the crystal-clear aquamarine waters and powder-soft white beaches, swim with tropical fish in the coral reefs or see phosphorescent algae shimmer on the beach at night. The resort provides facilities for water sports such as kayaking, deep sea fishing, catamarans and diving.

Bangaram Beach Resort (from official website of Bangaram Resort)

Telephone: +91-484-3011711/3011712

The food here is a speciality in itself. Fish and coconut are used in abundance to create some superb south Indian delicacies. Inspite of the very spartan rooms, this is an amazing beach resort as it offers you a chance to be completely at one with nature.

Restaurant at Bangaram Resort (from official website of Bangaram Resort)

5. Radisson Temple Bay and Beach Resort, Mamallapuram

Located on the scenic East Coast Road, this luxurious beach resort is an excellent place for a perfect beach holiday. Formerly known as GRT Temple Bay and Beach Resort, it has beautiful cottages and villas with stunning beach views and easy access to the beach. Take a dip in the resort’s huge swimming pool that meanders in front of the villas or sit and enjoy breath-taking views at the infinity pool.

Telephone: +91-44-27443636

Radisson Temple Bay (from official website of Radisson Temple Bay)

The hotel's two in-house restaurants are a foodies delight. The hotel also offers a superb Ayurvedic centre and an excellent spa. The beautiful Shore Temple, one of the famous attractions here, is located about a kilometre away. The resort is truly an excellent place to getaway for a rejuvenating break.

Beach side area at Radisson Temple Bay (from official website of Radisson)

6. Vivanta by Taj—Fisherman’s Cove, Mamallapuram

Built on the ruins of the ancient Kovalam Fort, this is a large beachfront hotel and counts amongst the best places to visit in Mamallapuram. Vivanta by Taj has luxury rooms. There are also villas and cottages near the beach, which are innovatively designed, roomier and provide privacy without being isolated from the main building. There’s also a choice of three restaurants and an excellent spa.

Telephone: +91-44-67413333

Sitting area at Vivanta by Taj (from official website of Vivanta by Taj)

7. Le Pondy, Pondicherry

Heading to Pondicherry for a holiday? Then you must check out Le Pondy, a premium leisure resort that sits at the edge of the estuary of the Chunnambar River and Bay of Bengal. With tastefully done up, plush rooms, a poolside barbecue and an al fresco multi-cuisine restaurant, it is the ideal place to do nothing but chill. Put on lots of sunscreen lotion, sit by the glorious pool and wash down delicious tidbits with drinks from the poolside bar. Or enjoy a stunning view of the beach from the resort’s other bar while sipping on a cocktail.

Rejuvenate your body and mind at the resort’s Ayurvedic centre treatment or lose yourself in a book at the library. Treat your partner and yourself to a romantic dinner at the private gazebo. This is the ultimate beach resort in Pondicherry. With so much to offer, no wonder Le Pondy is one of the top 10 beach resorts in south India.

Telephone: +91-413-2619666

Le Pondy, Pondicherry (from official Facebook page)

8. Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Island

The first beach resort in Havelock Island, Eco Villa is a prime property that has an amazing location on Havelock Beach. Spread across 1.5 acres of land, the resort offers picture-perfect views of the majestic Andaman Sea, coconut palms, unexplored beaches and soothing green patches that adorn the surroundings.

Telephone: +91-3192-282212

Eco Villa Palm Resort (from official website of Eco Villa)

The resort offers very comfortable traditional cottages, which are made of natural material and are well-equipped with modern amenities. If you are a foodie, you will love the resort’s restaurant that serves both Indian and international cuisines. The resort also arranges sightseeing tours and a number of outdoor activities like diving and snorkelling.

Eco Villa Palm Resort (from official website of Eco Villa)

9. Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar

A part of the Neemrana Group, Bungalow on the Beach is a luxurious property in Tranquebar. The resort has an excellent combination of old world charm and the most modern facilities. Located between a 14th century Pandya temple and a 17th century Danish fort, this resort will transport you back in time.

Telephone: +91-4364-288065/ 289034-36

Bungalow on the Beach (from official website of Bunglow on the Beach)

Apart from the luxurious accommodation options, the resort has a lot of activities like boat trips, sightseeing tours and swimming for its guests. So if you are an adventure seeker or a lazy bird, be rest assured that you will enjoy your stay at this idyllic beach resort.

Sitting area at Bungalow on the Beach (from official website of Bungalow on the Beach)

10. Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair

If you have ever dreamt of living in a wooden cottage, this one is for you. The Fortune Resort Bay Island is built almost wholly of the famous red timber, Padouk, it stands magnificently overlooking the swirling waters of the Bay of Bengal. Ask for a sea-facing room--they have an amazing view of the sea.

Telephone: +91-3192-234101

Sea views from Fortune Resort, Port Blair (from official website of Fortune)

Room at Fortune Resort, Port Blair (from official website of Fortune Resort)

Take your pick from any one of the above top 10 beach resorts in south India and gift yourself a perfect beach holiday!

For more hotel choices in India, see the ixigo app for some great options.

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