Top Wedding Destinations in India
Marriages are very special and exciting for those of us who wish to settle down in life with marital bliss. Naturally, we want the venue also to be exotic and perfect to tie the knot. India has steadily become one of the most sought-after marriage destinations in recent years and home to some of the world's most exotic venues as well. Let's take a look at some of the top wedding destinations in India and what makes them so special.
Goa, located in Western India on the shores of the Arabian Sea, seems to continue to top the list of Indian wedding destinations with its picturesque locales and natural beauty. The serenity of Goa's beaches has captivated the hearts of one and all for years. Though Goa's luxurious hotels and resorts offer good services as marriage venues, Goa is specially famous for its beach weddings. While beach weddings do require a permit, wedding planners, who are there just for the occasion, can ensure just that for the occasion. The Morbor beach and the Varca beach situated in South Goa are among the most favored marriage venues and home to some of the well-known luxury hotels catering to the occasion like The Leela and the Taj Exotica, while the Turiya Villa and Spa at the Palolem Beach is ideal for garden weddings. Further, prominent tourist beaches such as the Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach and the Calangute Beach in Northwestern Goa are also ideal for wedding spots and honeymoon vacations. In all, the various quiet beaches stretching from the north to the southern tip of Goa provide the welcome tranquility and romantic overtone required for a relaxing honeymoon.
Goa's culture being predominantly Christian by religious faith, the state has many churches and church weddings are another major fashion in Goa. Almost all Goan churches are Catholic churches that allow Christian and even non-Christian marriages too, subject to the rules of the Catholic Church, which approves weddings of people from non-Christian faith in the Church only if one of the two is a Baptized Catholic. Furthermore, the couple should have known each other prior to the nuptials for at least six months. In addition, if the wedding is conducted during the penitential months – the religious Christian time period attributed to reconciliation with God - as specified by the liturgical calendar (available at the church), the celebrations need to be low key and cannot be loud or pompous.
Udaipur, another favorite the top wedding destinations in India, is a prominent city located in the southern part of the Rajasthan state and close to adjoining states Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. A city filled with exotic palaces and lakes, Udaipur adds a healthy mix of royal ambience for weddings. The city palace is one of the most popular venues for marriages. The breathtaking Jag Mandir, a shrine embedded as an island in the Pichola lake and also known as Lake Garden Palace, is another common wedding place for those who wish a divine backdrop. Other major marriage venues include the Taj Lake Palace, the Fateh Prakash Palace, the Deogarh Palace, the Shiv Niwas Palace, the Devigarh Palace Fort, the Fatehgarh Palace, the Kumbalgarh Fort and the Floating Podium. Udaipur is not without some of the finest star hotels that cater to wedding occasions. Prominent hotels include star hotels like the Sheraton, the Cambay Leela Palace, the Chunda Palace and the Rockwood Palace.
Jodhpur, also located in Rajasthan, is the second biggest city and home to the second biggest palace in the history of India – the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The spacious palace has hosted some of the most lavish wedding ceremonies till date. Other royal and regal places that allow marriages are the Ranbanka Palace and the Ajit Bhawan, while the famous Mehrangarh Fort is mostly preferred for wedding receptions. The various historical monuments including the forts and palaces are a definite treat to watch.
Kerala, the southern Indian state flanking Goa, is another scenic place perfect to fit the list of the top wedding destinations in India with its international repute. Popularized by its tourism industry as "God's own country", Kerala teems with its signature lush green coconut trees and picturesque locations like the Kovalam and Varkala beaches, which are popular worldwide. Beach weddings are common in Kerala, in addition to the commonplace temple weddings. The abundant backwaters and the green coconut trees add a serene backdrop to a memorable honeymoon for newly married couples. Kerala has many popular hotels and resorts that host wedding ceremonies including the Leela in Kovalam beach and the Zuri Kumarakom near Alleppey. Kovalam, the most renowned and favored beach destination in Kerala for tourism and a relaxing picnic, is also host to weddings. Kovalam boasts of some of the biggest resort names that cater to wedding occasions, such as the Taj Green Cove Resort and the Leela Kempinski Kovalam.
Varkala is the second most popular beach destination and home to many famous resorts that host facilities for marriage events, like IHC's Gateway Hotel and Resorts, the Villa Jacaranda, The Sanctum Spring Beach Resort and so on. Kumarakom, a prominent town of Kerala, is house to many backwaters of the Arabian Sea and luxury resorts such as Abad Hotels & Resorts and the Kumarakom Lake Resort, among others.
Touted as the first man-made hill station of India, Lavasa is home to scenic waterfalls and lakes that add to the serene atmosphere of the wedding. Lavasa is one of the lesser known wedding destinations and has the potential to make it to the list of top wedding destinations in India. The towering hills and the lake snaking inside the valley below create the perfect romantic overtone needed for honeymoon couples.
A wedding ceremony could cost in the range of 40 to 50 lakh rupees, considering upto 300 guests and all related costs like travel and accommodation accounted for. Wedding planners are readily available at all above locations to assist in major events of the wedding ceremony like acquiring permissions, an appropriate venue, good catering services and hospitality, among others. There are various other wedding destinations not covered here. The above list is based primarily on popularity and overall factors for marriage couples and families and is not arranged in any particular order of preference.