Last Updated: January 31, 2020 Pawan Kotiyal
Wedding is one event that every couple wants to celebrate in the most special way possible and with that in mind, majority of the couples are today, heading for destination weddings. While it’s still a kind of evolving concept as far as wedding tourism in India is concerned, it’s gaining a lot of popularity owing to hell lot benefits it offers to the hosts. Firstly, in most of the cases everything, starting right from decorations and catering to logistics and transportation, is well taken care off by the professional and experienced wedding planners that give a hassle free time to couples and their parents so that they too can have a fun time along with other guests. Secondly, the exotic locales of islands, beaches and ancient forts & palaces leaves the couples with lifetime memories; imagine a wedding album, straight out of a travel magazine that you and your partner will enjoy forever. Needless to say, start of an early honeymoon is an added bonus. Last but not the least, a destination wedding offers your guests a rejuvenating all-paid vacation along with the fun of wedding celebrations. And yes! How to forget, a destination wedding also allows you to curtail on the number of guests thus, saving you from those irritating tantrums of “door ke mamas” and “door ki maasis”.
And when we are talking about destination weddings, beach & island weddings are something that need special mention. India is a country blessed with number of serene beaches and tropical islands that simply elevate the charm of destination weddings to newer levels. Long stretches of golden sands lined with coconut palms and caressed by the turquoise-emerald waters of the sea, the gorgeous beaches in India needless to say, offer a perfect romantic ambience to get into a nuptial knot with your going to be better halves. While Goa tops the list of beach destination wedding venues in India, there are far more unexplored and offbeat locations that are sure to leave the couples with a dream-like wedding experience for their lives. So, here is a glimpse at some of the most romantic beach destinations in India where you can plan to get married.
Sun-drenched beaches, tall swaying palms, an azure sky and to top it all, the turquoise waves of the Arabian Sea adding that touch of romance in the air, Goa is undoubtedly, the most idyllic and preferred choice when it comes to selecting the best beach wedding destination in India. Give a kick-start to your wedding celebrations in Goa by heading for a dreamy pre-wedding photo shoot against the scintillating backdrop of the setting sun or add that hint of gothic romance to your photographs by posing against some gorgeous colonial churches and buildings – needless to say, your pictures would be no less than real gems that you would want to treasure for your entire lives. Soak in the calm and serenity of the Goan beaches all day long with your to-be life partner and when the sun goes down, get ready to revel in the dazzling party aura of the place; call out all your friends and relatives to have a rocking time relishing a lavish cocktail dinner right over the beach under thousands of twinkling stars. After all that fun and hullabaloo, when it comes to celebrating the most special day of your lives; take those “7 vows” of love and respect for each other against the serene backdrop of a blissful tropical scenery and you are sure to realize your dreams of a fairy-tale wedding come true. Needless to say, one of the most exotic beach wedding destinations in India, Goa will always leave the newlyweds with more love and affection for each other.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Goa: Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, Taj Exotica, The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort, Zuri White Sands, Ramada Caravela Beach Resort
Andaman & Nicobar
Did you ever dream of your wedding to be a quiet and tranquil beach affair with a surreal setup, all decorated with fresh marigolds, jasmines and sea shells, right in the middle of the silvery white sand and your to-be wife looking like a celestial fairy decked up in a pastel coloured attire beautifully complementing the turquoise sea? If yes, then the tropical paradise of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with its startling natural beauty, is just the right destination for you to shape your dreams into reality. The island’s numerous postcard-perfect beaches cuddled between the verdant rainforests, magnificent hills and gleaming turquoise waters of the Bay of Bengal, truly make for that perfect wedding venue where you would have only imagined getting into the nuptial bliss with your soulmate; with aura so serene and air filled with vibes of love and romance all around, exchange the vows with your to-be better half under the canopy of coconut trees and cherish the blessings bestowed upon by the soft rays of the golden sun and gentle waves of the azure sea. And if you think, that is the end to your wedding celebrations at Andaman & Nicobar, you are absolutely mistaken. Plan for a honeymoon right on these gorgeous beaches soaking your souls in pristine aura of the place; go for romantic beach strolls walking hand in hand, marvel on the surreal beauty of the setting sun or have a cosy time with each other at one of the private beach cottages. And if you are one of those adventurous sorts, head out for some scuba diving and snorkelling fun that is sure to add that extra zing to your wedding cum honeymoon memories at the Andamans.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Andaman & Nicobar: Munjoh Ocean Resort (Havelock Island), Silver Sand Beach Resort (Havelock Island), Tango Beach Resort (Neil Island)
Gradually taking up as one of the most sought after destination wedding venues in India, Kerala absolutely makes for an ideal choice for those who look for an unconventional wedding steeped in utmost serenity and pristine beauty of nature, off-course with a touch of ethnicity to it. The sun-kissed beaches of this beautiful state fringed with intersected network of swaying palms and flaming white sands provide that perfect quixotic ambience where embracing each other in a pious knot of nuptial bliss for the lifetime is truly like a dream come true for the two deeply in love souls. And needless to say, if your wedding is more of a traditional affair, the rustic and cultural aura of Kerala undoubtedly, adds a magical charm to all the marriage fun and celebrations; plan the baraat procession of the groom sitting on a decorated elephant with panchvadyam playing in the background and entry of the bride in a vintage palki and I am sure, nothing can give you a more royal wedding experience than this. To give a more romantic touch to your beach wedding in Kerala, arrange for a floating mandap across the scintillating azure waters to exchange your vows; the serene backdrop of the beamish horizon would be nothing short of a visual treat to your guests and is sure to add that celestial allure to your wedding pictures. What more? If you are hosting a wedding in Kerala – you obviously don’t have to worry about your guests during the non-ceremonial hours; they can themselves keep them busy with sightseeing, shopping, attending cultural concerts or just relaxing by the beachside; literally speaking, the options are endless.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Kerala: The Leela (Kovalam Beach), Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort (Alappuzha Beach), The Taj (Varkala Beach).
Popularly known as the ‘French Riviera of the East’, Pondicherry is yet another of the most romantic wedding destinations in India that primarily find its place on the destination list of couples wanting to go a little offbeat to celebrate the most special day of their lives. Needless to say, with its charming blend of Tamil and French architecture and a handful of serene beaches soaked in surreal aura of love and romance, Pondicherry provides you with every single ingredient you look for, in a dreamy destination wedding. The most unforgettable highlight of a wedding in Pondicherry is its beautiful sunrise over the glistening blue waters and colonial monuments & churches that lend that idyllic backdrop to couples for their pre and post wedding photoshoots; to add on, the early morning time is also just perfect to have those intimate candid shots clicked with ease as no one is around to make you conscious. Now, coming to the best part of a destination wedding in Pondicherry – to all the beautiful brides to-be! If you have ever envisioned of a fairy-tale Christian wedding dressed in a gorgeous flowy white gown walking down the aisle, Pondicherry is ‘THE’ place to transform your dreams into reality; with so many exquisite colonial churches in the town, you can always go for a catholic ceremony after a traditional Indian wedding ritual on the beachside. And to further spice up your celebrations, a cake cutting ceremony and a surprise candle light dinner & cocktail with an exotic French menu for all the guests, would just give a perfect ending to your wedding extravaganza in Pondicherry.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Pondicherry: Le Pondy Resort, The Dune Eco Beach Hotel.
A quaint seaside hamlet bestowed with scores of virgin beaches, a surreal beauty of coconut groves & jackfruit plantations, and to top it all, away from all the public thoroughfare, Alibaug situated in Maharashtra is another of the lovely beach towns in India that truly makes for one of the best destination wedding locations in the country. To add on, the advent of numerous resorts, beachside cottages and wedding planners in recent times, has further increased the popularity of this little sleepy coastal city as a preferred wedding venue, especially for the couples seeking a fun wedding time at a place which is not too far from Mumbai or Pune and that still does a justice to a beachside destination wedding. While there are many beaches in Alibaug, the most popular and obviously, the ideal choice to have your wedding celebrations planned is the ‘Alibaug Beach’; the pristine golden sands and crystal clear azure waters under the balmy sun provide for an ideal setting to organize your haldi and chooda ceremonies. And as the sun sets, the dark sky with thousands of blinking stars just double-folds all the fun and excitement of your pre-wedding evening functions; be it an open-air cocktail bash, a vibrant Mehndi ceremony or a foot-thumping Sangeet night. The real magic of Alibaug comes alive when the setting rays of sun sprinkle their golden-crimson hues over the beach and the historic Kolaba Fort that stands just a few metres away; this scintillating backdrop, needless to say, provides that perfect fairy-tale ambience where saying “I DO” to your going to be better half, seems nothing less than a celestial blessing. And yes, your wedding at Alibaug is for sure, a memorable treat to your guests; the relaxed and laid-back vibes with beautiful beaches and green hills provides them with a lovely vacation that they are definitely going to cherish for their lifetime.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Alibaug: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, U Tropicana Beach Hotel, Prakruti Resorts.
Yet another of India’s best places for beach wedding is the exotic islands of Lakshadweep. Offering a serene bliss with soft sands, playful waves, clear skies and a bright sunshine, the islands truly take pride in bestowing the couples with the best gift of their lives, a romantic seaside wedding. And yes, with stringent entry restrictions and lack of opulent venues that can accommodate only few guests at a time, your wedding at Lakshadweep has to be an intimate affair, perfect for couples who seek for a wedding fun only amidst their close relatives and friends. Needless to say, one of the best fairy-tale wedding locations in India, whether you plan here for a sunset ceremony or a sunrise event, the magic of the place’s surreal beauty would be etched in your hearts forever. What more? Being a treasure trove of water activities, you can always treat yourselves and your guests with memorable experiences of snorkelling, scuba-diving, kayaking or deep-sea fishing and rest assured, they will definitely be overwhelmed by this loving gesture of yours. While envisioning a wedding in Lakshadweep seems no less than a dreamy affair, being an offbeat island location, it has its own challenges of arranging for decorators, caterers and organizing all logistics. This is the time when wedding planners and event organizers come to your rescue; hire a reliable wedding planner and hand him over all the responsibilities. Tour My India also offers wedding planning services; if you wish, you can always book with us and let us handle all the arrangements to make your special day even more special. ,
Also, if you are a foreign national who intend for a visit/wedding in Lakshadweep, be informed that special restrictions apply and you need to take prior permits from the concerned authorities.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Lakshadweep: Kadmat Island Beach Resort, Agatti Island Beach Resort, Bangaram Island Resort
Daman & Diu
Nothing can be more alluring and romantic than getting married amidst the celestial beauty of the twin islands of Daman & Diu, located on west coast of India and fringed with tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea. The postcard perfect charm of these exotic islands not only attracts Indians but, also international couples who throng here from far-flung regions. While the islands’ surreal beach setting teeming with golden sands, coconut groves and laid-back atmosphere, is the major draw for couples here, what further adds that touch of magic to all the wedding fun and celebrations is its old world charm dotted with magnificent forts and beautiful cathedrals dating to the Portuguese era. Needless to say, the serene backdrop of the fascinating colonial architecture creates the perfect ambience to bring out those hidden love-coated feelings of your heart making you fall in love with your partner all over again. At the place so blissful, take your first steps together to solemnize your marriage under the open sky with soft wet sand beneath your feet inspiring the tingling romance within you. And while you revel yourselves in the quixotic aura of the place, enjoying each and every bit of your dream beach wedding, your guests have a memorable time too; be it attending the wedding rituals or having lovely outings, sightseeing and shopping during the non-ceremonial hours. What more? You can always add that little adventurous element of lion and deer safaris to your celebrations before or after the ‘big-day’ depending on your personal preference. And there is something for food junkies too – the exotic delectable cuisine of Daman & Diu is sure to leave your guests with a memorable gastronomical experience. With food, comes the drinks! Not to forget, being a union territory, hard drinks here are quite cheap and can easily become the part of the special wedding menu, that too without burning big hole in your pockets.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Daman & Diu: Sugati Beach Resort (Diu), The Deltin Hotel (Daman).
Located in the beautiful state of Karnataka, kissed by the Arabian Sea in the west and caressed by the Western Ghats in the east, Mangalore definitely crops as one of the top choices for couples looking for an affordable beach wedding venue in South India. While this little coastal city well takes care of your pockets, it still retains its picturesque appeal of a destination wedding location and leaves you and your guests with some lovely moments spent together, laughing and mingling with each other – after all, a marriage is not only about getting two souls hitched to each other but, also about creating a tight bond between two families for the lifetime. Needless to say, weddings in Mangalore are nothing less than dreamy and quite a magical affair. The scenic beauty of the beaches fringed with crystal clear waters and soft silvery white sand absolutely makes for a perfect concoction to say “I Do” to your special one. And the surreal magnificence of the setting sun in the background just adds that celestial touch to the pious aura reverberating with the chants of Vedic hymns and sounds of musical instruments. Now coming to the best part of any marriage celebrations, especially for the guests! the mouth-watering food; being a coastal city, Mangalore offers some rich and delectable seafood delicacies that are sure to bring a smile on everyone’s face. During your wedding in Mangalore, do treat your guests with one of the best culinary journeys of their life; arrangement for live counters serving the fresh sea catch absolutely sizzling and hot, would definitely be an icing on the cake.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Mangalore: Summer Sands Beach Resort, Vazcos Beach House.
For those looking for a beach wedding destination venue in India that stands unique and just out of the box in terms of a wedding location, the temple town of Mahabalipuram located near Chennai, definitely proves to be an ideal choice. Deeply immersed in rich history and heritage, the place is stocked with many 5 star luxury resorts and mid-budget hotels & private cottages along the beachside, enabling hosts to easily organize for all their wedding functions. The exquisite ancient art & architecture of this historic town, is by far its USP that leaves the couples with a unique and enchanting fairy-tale wedding experience; needless to say, with the backdrop of the spectacularly lit ‘Shore Temple’ caressed by the crashing waves of the Bay of Bengal, as the two souls celebrate their union by circumambulating the sacred fire under the canopy of millions of stars, they are sure to be transported to an imaginary royal set, directly out from some period Bollywood movie, making them feel as real prince and princess getting into a pious relationship for their entire lives. And as much as the wedding in Mahabalipuram proves to be a divine and exotic experience for the couples, it’s as much a delight for wedding photographers also who are bestowed with a rare opportunity to click some of the finest wedding shots of their lifetime. As far as your guests are concerned, they too are sure to have a memorable time during your wedding here; besides rituals and ceremonies, a number of outdoor activities like beach ATV rides, wind surfing and diving will keep them busy all through the festivities.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Mahabalipuram: Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort, Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove, Chariot Beach Resort, Country Club Jade Beach Resort, Ideal Beach Resort.
A small seaside town nestled on the scenic Coromandal Coast in Tamil Nadu, Tranquebar is yet another of an ideal wedding destination for those looking for a tranquil beachside setting to tie the nuptial knot that too, keeping it a small and simple gathering without any over-the-top list of guests. Needless to say, with this quaint little town’s ambience so serene that tends to be kissed by the sounds of the gentle waves and pleasantly flowing sea breeze, exchanging those seven vows here, seems nothing less than a dreamy affair; choose for rose petal showers as you exchange the garlands or go for a spectacular fireworks display right over the beach, every small little elemental touch will add that magical charm to your wedding. Talking about Tranquebar’s destination wedding venue, it has only one, the 17th century old ‘Bungalow on the Beach’ run by the Neemrana group of Hotels. Located just opposite the quite beach, the heritage property has beautiful expansive lawns overlooking the azure sea, simply perfect to setup your wedding mandap and if you plan for an after-wedding reception or a pre-wedding cocktail, the poolside decoration makes it even more romantic.
Popular Beach Wedding Venues in Tranquebar: Bungalow on the Beach
While a mere mention of beach destination wedding is enough to bring that thousand watt smile on your faces, there are few little pointers to keep in mind while preparing for your wedding functions. Owing to close proximity to the sea, beaches tend to be humid so, while choosing your wedding attires give special attention to fabric that does not leave you sweating profusely. Another thing, before finalizing on the wedding date, make sure you check for the weather conditions of your chosen destination on that particular day. Also, do work on the backup plan to save you from last minute weather issues. Remember, your wedding day comes once in a lifetime, make it as special and memorable as possible. And for any assistance in wedding planning, the team of Tour My India is always at your service, do contact us for more information on wedding packages.
Published: 24 Jan, 2017