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SOUTH INDIA 3A Farmers In Kerala Original

An ox-drawn plough races through the paddy fields of fertile Kerala.

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SOUTH INDIA Kerala Backwaters

Coconuts as far as the eye can see in Kerala's verdant Backwaters.

SOUTH INDIA - Kerala fishermen

In an age-old tradition, which is surprisingly effective, local Keralan fishermen throw huge nets into the sea, then slowly pull them in, harnessing a wealth of fish in the process.

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SOUTH INDIA Taj Falaknuma Palace Facade At Night

Feel history seep from the walls of Hyderabad's Taj Falaknuma Palace, which boasts marble staircases, lavish chandeliers and rare objects d’art. It really is as grand and magnificent as it looks – a real-life fairytale!

SOUTH INDIA Taj Falaknuma Palace Pool

Cool off in the swimming pool of the opulently restored Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad.

SOUTH INDIA - Pondicherry Church

Explore the fine colonial architecture of Pondicherry and be sure to stop by this vast Roman Catholic church, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

SOUTH INDIA - elephants at Periyar National Park

Watch magnificent elephants take a refreshing drink in the Periyar National Park. Keep an eye out for tigers too!

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SOUTH INDIA Snake Boat Race Every August Backwaters Kerala

Head to the Kerala Backwaters in August to watch the lively annual Snake Boat Races.

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A glittering morning scene as the fishermen set off on Marari beach, Kerala.

SOUTH INDIA Private Dinning On Beach

South India has a great buzz but sometimes it’s the quiet, peaceful spots that give you the lasting memories, like this scenic dining experience in front of lapping waves at the Taj Exotica in Goa.

SOUTH INDIA Kerala Backwaters Dusk

Dusk settles over the Backwaters - a peaceful and spiritual time.

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A warm traditional Indian welcome, offering flowers and a blessing.

SOUTH INDIA Kerala Back Waters House Boat

Houseboats were traditionally used to carry grain stores up the Backwaters of Kerala. Luxuriously adapted, they now the offer the unique chance to travel these nature-filled network of waterways.

SOUTH INDIA - Backwaters, Kerala

Drink in the tranquillity of this dusky scene from your own private houseboat, gliding through the Keralan Backwaters.


You won’t forget the beaches of South India: wild, windswept and utterly enthralling.


South India’s coastline is characterised by lush palm thickets, white sand beaches and dominating Dutch-built forts.


400 Kms west of the Malabar coast lies the dazzling Lakshadweep Islands. Above water find a deserted paradise and below, discover plentiful corals teeming with colourful fish.

SOUTH INDIA - Taj Falaknuma Palace Dining room

Dine in stately grandeur in the opulent dining room of the Taj Falaknuma Palace and re-live the history of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

SOUTH INDIA - Taj Exotica Sunset Villa Private Pool

Soak up the sun in the privacy of your private pool at the Taj Exotica, a fantastic five-star resort in Goa, just paces from the stunning powder-soft sandy beach.


Vistas like this are hard to forget. Let Kerala’s incredible coconut plantation panoramas leave a lasting imprint on your memory.

SOUTH INDIA Munnar Kerala Tea And Coffee Planatations

Take in the wonderfully cool air of the misty hill station of Munnar in Kerala and learn more about the production of coffee and tea.

SOUTH INDIA - water-front view with private pool villas at Coconut Lagoon

Philip Kutty's Farm is a luxurious private homestay in Kerala's Backwaters which offers a peaceful eco-friendly escape, coupled with amazing Ayurvedic treatments. You’ll feel totally re-junevated after a stay here.

SOUTH INDIA - Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri,  villa

Be utterly spoiled by wraparound Coorg rainforest views in Vivanta by Taj Madikeri's inspring and eco-conscious villas complete with fireplaces and indoor pools.

SOUTH INDIA - Vivanta by Taj - Madiker, indoor pool

Living, breathing rainforest fills every view from the luxury of your private indoor pool with retractable sunroof at this remarkable resort in Karnataka, Vivanta by Taj Madikeri.

SOUTH INDIA - Tamil Nadu, cow

Experience India’s culture and mysticism at its incense-scented Hindu temples and observe revered cows which wander freely throughout city streets.

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Marvel at the vibrantly coloured carvings that greet you at Chidambaram, one of Tamil Nadu's most exotic Hindu temple complexes. 

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The coastline of Tamil Nadu, remote and windswept, is largely off the tourist track. Come here to discover a chilled out pace and friendly welcome.

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Pick through the exotic bazaars of Goa to immerse yourself in local life.

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Everyday life in India – you’ll be surprised how much even a tiny shop can sell; bananas, cigarettes, even gasoline!

SOUTH INDIA - Spice Coast, Kerala

Be enchanted by a unique lifestyle aboard your traditional houseboat, drifting up the fertile canals and lagoons of Kerala’s Backwaters.

SOUTH INDIA - marari beach, fish basket

Rise early to experience the bustle of the morning catch coming to shore at Marari Beach. Potential buyers line the beach to choose the day’s catch straight from the fishing boats. Fresh fish is a staple part of every Keralan’s diet – often laced with fiery chillis!


SOUTH INDIA - Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam, Kerala,

For an alternative and atmospheric beach break, Marari Beach in Kerala can't be beat. This laid-back resort consistently gets great feedback from our clients.

SOUTH INDIA - Leela Kimpinski Goa

At the Leela Kimpinski in Goa, expect staff to go the extra mile to make your day. Al Fresco dinner surrounded by water lilies and candles? Not a problem.

SOUTH INDIA - Hotel Brunton boatyard, Cochin

If you like boats, then you’ll love staying in our favourite hotel in Cochin, the atmospheric Brunton's Boatyard, set in a restored shipyard surrounded by artefacts from the age of steam and sail.


Set on an idyllic spit of land in north Goa overlooking the ocean, ‘Elsewhere – The Beach House’ is a simple but charming 3 bedroom Portuguese-style house with just the friendly staff, fishermen and egg-laying turtles for company… bliss.


Make sure you leave time to explore the coast of Kerala and discover hidden tropical beaches encased by swaying palm trees.


The south of India is known for its creamy, coconut-milk fish curries. Although smoother in flavour they still have a fiery bite!

SOUTH INDIA - Coconut Lagoon, Kerala

Accessible only by boat, Coconut Lagoon resort in Kumarakom, set amongst glistening lagoons, lakes and coconut plantations is a seriously serene spot. 

SOUTH INDIA - Coconut Lagoon

Use your time in the Backwaters to gain an understanding of daily life on these sleepy Keralan waterways. In between the rice paddy fields are a criss cross of canals, which locals use for transport.

SOUTH INDIA - Bangaram beach

Set within the Lakshaweep Archipelago, Bangaram Island offers a simple yet idyliic lifestyle in rustic accommodation. While away your time on the beach or snorkelling the beautiful coral gardens.



South India’s dramatic coastline is peppered with wild, sandy bays backed by bendy coconut trees. Nestled among them are some fabulous hotels brimming with character – from breezy Portugese-style residences, family-friendly homestays, barefoot luxury beach villas to deluxe houseboats gliding passengers through untamed Backwaters. Don’t just stick to the coast though – inland, in the fascinating and much overlooked city of Hyderabad, you will find what is arguably the finest palace restoration ever undertaken, the magnificent Taj Falaknuma Palace, and now one of the best luxury hotels in India. Browse our portfolio of hand-picked South Indian hotels, villas and resorts, listed alphabetically by location:

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  • Tamil Nadu & Andaman Islands
  • Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh
  • Goa
  • Kerala & Lakshadweep Islands

Ahilya by the Sea ,

Ahilya By The Sea Goa South India 2

Tucked away at the far end of Coco Beach, just outside the quiet Goan fishing village of Nerul, Ahliya by...

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Alila Diwa Goa ,

Alila Diwa Goa Goa South India 2

Alila Diwa Goa is located in South Goa, along Majorda Beach and has panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. This...

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Ayesha Manzil ,

Ayesha Manzil Tellicherry South India 1

A beautiful, old, colonial mansion overlooking the blue Arabian Sea in its own grounds, this property was built in 1862....

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Barefoot at Havelock ,
Havelock Island

Barefoot At Havelock Havelock Island South India

This small resort is set in rainforest and tropical fruit trees behind a pristine 2 kilometres of white sand, quirkily...

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Brunton Boatyard ,

Brunton Boatyard Cochin Kerala 4

This airy white-washed colonial building is located on the waterfront overlooking Cochin harbour. The public areas are incredibly spacious with...

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Cardamom House ,

Cardamom House Dindigul South India

Cardamom House, situated outside the small village of Athoor, is off the beaten track and offers a true rural experience....

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Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurveda Spa ,

Carnoustie Marari Kerala 32

Ultra luxury arrives in the Backwaters in the form of Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurveda Spa on MarariBeach. It is...

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Chettinadu Mansion ,

Chettinadu Mansion Chettinad South India 2

This 100 year-old architectural marvel is situated in Chettinad, one of the hidden treasures of Tamil Nadu. It has 126...

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Coconut Lagoon ,

Coconut Lagoon Kottayam Kerala South India 1

Located on the shores of Vembanad Lake, this unusual resort is a haven of relaxation and tranquillity. Only accessible by...

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Discovery Houseboat ,

Discovery Houseboat Backwaters Kerala South India 2

This houseboat is a traditional Keralan experience with a rather large twist; beginning with the hull of an authentic kettuvallom...

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Eigth Bastion ,

Eight Bastion Cochin South India 4

Like all CGH Earth properties, the Eighth Bastion stays true to their aim of involving and immersing oneself in the...

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Elsewhere ,

Elsewhere Goa South India 8

  Elsewhere is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Hotels On a totally private spit of land overlooking the ocean, separated...

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Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate ,

Orange County Coorg Karnataka South India 14

Located in the hills of the Western Ghats, Karnataka, Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate offers a unique opportunity to experience a...

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Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace ,

Orange County Hampi South India 2

The ancient city of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once described as the “best provided city in the...

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Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge ,

Orange County Kabini Karnataka South India 2

  Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Safari Lodges. Located on the edge of the River Kabini,...

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Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel ,

Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel Goa South India

Standing on a sliver of land at Goa's northern-most tip, where the Arabian Sea meets the Tiracol River, this gloriously...

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Heritage Madurai ,

Heritage Madurai South India 7

Built within seventeen acres of lush green gardens within the bustling city centre, Heritage Madurai rings with historic charm and...

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Hotel de l'Orient ,

Hotel De Lorient Pondicherry South India

Pondicherry has a number of reminders of its French past, the Hotel de l'Orient being one. Housed in one of...

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Houseboat ,

Houseboat Backwaters South India

These beautifully converted Kettuvallams (rice barges) are the perfect way to explore the Backwaters. Shaded by a woven bamboo canopy...

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Ideal River View Resort ,

Ideal River View Resort Tanjore South India

This resort is situated just 7 kilometres from the centre of Tanjore and has pretty views of the Vennar River,...

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ITC Grand Chola ,

ITC Grand Chola Chennai South India 1

This ornate, palatial tribute to Southern India’s greatest empires – the Imperial Cholas – overlooks the verdant foliage of Alexander...

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Jalakara ,
Havelock Island

Jalakara Andaman Islands South India 9

In the glistening blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, lies The Andaman Islands. Fringed with powder white sand and...

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Kalari Kovilakom ,

Kalari Kovilakom Pallakad South India

Kalari Kovilakom was once the palace of the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala, and has now been converted into a...

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Kumarakom Lake Resort ,

Kumarakom Lake Resort Kumarakom South India

One of the most stylish resorts on the backwaters, Kumarakom Lake Resort succeeds in combining modern comforts and luxuries with...

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La Villa ,

La Villa Pondicherry India 4

Located in the heart of the city’s old quarter this 19th century manor provides all the facilities of a boutique...

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Lake Palace ,

Lake Palace Periyar South India

Surrounded by Periyar Lake and reached by boat, this former regal hunting lodge is now a small hotel run by...

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Lalitha Mahal Palace ,

Lalitha Mahal Palace Mysore South India

Located just outside the city centre, this gleaming-white 1920's palace of the former maharaja was built to host his most...

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Le Colonial ,

Le Colonial Cochin Kerala 2

Le Colonial is a beautifully restored building in the heart of historic Fort Cochin, next to St Francis Church. Dating...

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Le Dupleix ,

Le Dupleix Pondicherry South India

Originally an 18th century colonial villa built for the local mayor, Le Dupliex has been fully restored and furnished to...

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Leela Goa ,

The Leela Palace Goa South India 4

One of our favourite beach resorts in Goa, The Leela is a sumptuous property nestled amongst 75 acres of landscaped...

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Leela Kovalam ,

Leela Kempinski Kovalam Kovalam South India 1

Set off on a rocky promontory overlooking two golden stretches of sand, the Leela has an enviable position. Its style...

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Leela Palace Bangalore ,

Leela Bangalore Bangalore South India 1

This new hotel has been designed in regal style with high ceilings, chandeliers and spacious rooms. In the public areas,...

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Maison Perumal ,

Maison Perumal Pondicherry South India 2

This lovely little heritage hotel, owned by CGH Earth, is one of the first of its kind to be situated...

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Malabar House Residency ,

Malabar House Residency Cochin South India

Malabar House Residency is renowned in southern India for its individual style, blending contemporary colours and art with antique furnishings....

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Marari Beach ,

Marari Beach Mararikulam Kerala South India 1 (1)

  Marari Beach is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Hotels Tucked away between two fishing villages on a beautiful golden...

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MS Oberoi Vrinda ,

MS Oberoi Vrinda Backwaters South India

The Oberoi Vrinda is an exclusive cruiser that offers a luxurious journey through the picturesque and lush backwaters of Kerala....

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Neeleshwar Hermitage ,

Neeleshwar Hermitage Neeleshwar South India 12

Tucked away in a secluded palm grove on the Arabian Sea, the delightful Neeleshwar Hermitage is one of our favourite...

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Nilaya Hermitage ,

Nilaya Hermitage Goa South India

From the moment you arrive, you know you're going to be very comfortable indeed. Ex-Parisian fashion stylist Claudia Derain and...

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Niraamaya Surya Samudra ,

Surya Samudra Beach Garden Kovalam South India 1

Set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens, surrounded by coconut plantations, the 21 wooden cottages of this traditional beach resort...

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Oberoi Bangalore ,

Oberoi Bangalore Bangalore South India

The Oberoi is located in the heart of the garden city of Bangalore, a treasure trove of traditional Indian crafts...

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Old Harbour Hotel ,

The Old Harbour Hotel Cochin South India 3

In the heart of the sleepy old town of Fort Cochin, lies the boutique and colonial gem, the Old Harbour...

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Palais de Mahe ,

Palais De Mahe Pondicherry South India 4

Opened in 2013, this extremely welcoming palatial mansion, is located in the heart of Pondicherry's stylish French Quarter on rue...

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Parisutham ,

Parisutham Tanjore South India

The most centrally located hotel in Tanjore, this three star modern hotel is an ideal base from which to explore...

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Philip Kutty's Farm ,

Philip Kuttys Farm Backwaters South India

This private island offers a wonderful homestay experience that combines charm and character with good service and professionalism. The owners...

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Privacy ,

Privacy Backwaters South India

Lying on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this tranquil property began with a pretty bungalow, formerly a boathouse and has...

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel ,

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore South India 8

Launched in June 2014, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore is positioned perfectly overlooking the Mysore Race Course and Golf Course...

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Raheem Residency ,

Raheem Residency Alleppey South India 3

This is a beautiful heritage home, built in 1868, situated in an undeveloped area of Kerala. The 6 rooms are...

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Rajakkad Estate ,

Rajakkad Estate Dindigul Tamil Nadu 6

Set 1,000 metres above sea level, in the cool foothills of the Wester Ghats, Rajakkad Estate is an intimate garden...

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Royal Orchid Metropole ,

Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore South India 1

The Royal Orchid Metropole in Mysore is a heritage hotel set next to beautiful open manicured gardens. There are 24...

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Savoy Hotel ,

Savoy Hotel Ooty South India

Ensconced high on a rising hill, this quaint property sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens. Made up of colonial...

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Serenity ,

Serenity Vazhoor South India

Surrounded by rolling hills and shady rubber plantations, halfway between Cochin and Thekkady, this wonderful, fully-staffed 1920s estate house is...

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Shreyas Retreat ,

Shreyas Retreat Bangalore South India

Spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the retreat's tiled roofs, antique doorways and stone pillars give way to contemporary...

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Solita Private Yacht ,

Solita Goa South India 1

Solita is a family-run motor yacht which sails Goa’s gorgeous coastline and backwaters. She is the most exclusive yacht in Goa...

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Spice Village ,

Spice Village Thekkady Kerala South India 1

The architecture of Spice Village is inspired by the jungle dwellings of the area, with cottages thatched with elephant grass...

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Summertime ,

Summertime Goa South India 15

The height of sophistication, Summertime is the ideal luxury villa in Goa. Exclusive and private, a stay at Summertime will...

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Svatma ,

Svatma Tanjore Tamil Nadu 5

Svatma is a unique hotel that aims to immerse its guests into traditional Tamil culture. The Tamil owners are experts...

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Swa Swara ,

Swa Swara Gokarna South India

Long stretches of beach, large luxurious villas and a state of the art yoga and ayurveda centre are just a...

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Taj Bekal Resort & Spa ,

Vivanta By Taj Bekal Kerala South India 13

Inspired by the design of Kettivallam houseboats, and with Chitra Pothi art on the walls, Vivanta by Taj Bekal perfectly...

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Taj Connemara ,

Taj Connemara Chennai South India 2

This historic luxury hotel is located in the heart of the business district, and seamlessly combines quaint old world charm...

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans ,
Havelock Island

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The far flung and remote Andaman Islands have finally been put on the map for those in search for the...

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa ,

Taj Exotica Goa South India 3

Located on the southwest coast of Goa, just 150 metres from the Arabian sea, this beach resort offers all the...

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Taj Falaknuma Palace ,

SOUTH INDIA Taj Falaknuma Palace Facade At Night

  Taj Falaknuma Palace is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Romantic Retreats  A hotel that completely takes your breath away, this...

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Taj Fisherman's Cove ,

Fishermans Cove Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu 2

Built amongst the ruins of an 18th century Dutch Fortress just south of Chennai, Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove...

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Taj Gateway ,

Taj Gateway Madurai South India

Located on top of Pasumalai Hill, with a panoramic view of the Temple City and the Kodai Hills, this century-old...

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Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa ,

Taj Holiday Village Goa South India

The Taj Holiday Village is a 45 minute drive from the airport and is Portuguese-Goan in style with terracotta-roofed cottages....

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Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa ,

SOUTH INDIA - Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri,  villa

This late 2012 opening is located in the misty jungle-shrouded mountains of Karnataka. It you want to detox from city...

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Taj Malabar Resort & Spa ,

Vivanta By Taj Malabar Cochin 10

Situated on Willingdon Island with stunning views of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is well balanced between heritage...

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Taj West End ,

Taj West End Bangalore South India 9

Originally a British-run guest-house, opened in 1887, the Taj West End is situated in a lush, 20-acre garden in the...

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Talayar Valley Bungalow ,

Talayar Valley Bungalow Munnar 1

The Talayar Valley Bungalow first started off life as the tea plantation manager’s bungalow and still today it exudes colonial...

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Tanjore Hi ,

Tanjore South India 3

Tanjore Hi is a 1940’s heritage boutique hotel located next to the Tanjore Palace. Located in the lovely little Tamil...

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The Bangala ,

The Bangala Chettinad South India Ampersand Travel 3

The Bangala, the Tamil pronunciation of "the bungalow", is on the outskirts of Karaikudi, Chettinad's largest town. The property has...

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The Bungalow on the Beach ,

The Bungalow On The Beach Tranquebar Tamil Nadu 4

This is a charming 8 bedroom hotel situated on the coast at Tranquebar, overlooking the restored Danish fort of Tarangambadi....

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The Gateway Hotel ,

The Gateway Hotel Coonoor South India

In the heart of rolling mountains and drifting mists, this 33-room hotel with its old-world charm offers panoramic views of...

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The Golden Chariot ,

The Golden Chariot Bangalore South India

The Golden Chariot's luxuriously appointed sleeping cabins, dining rooms, and relaxation facilities provide royal comfort, security and elegance with a...

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The Leela Palace ,

The Leela Palace Chennai South India 11

On the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Adyar river, The Leela Palace launched in January 2013 and...

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The Lotus ,

The Lotus Neeleshwar South India 3

The Lotus describes itself as “A houseboat of unequalled style” and we couldn’t’ have put it better ourselves. Offering a...

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The Park, Hyderabad ,

The Park Hyderabad South India 1

This ultra modern hotel is one of the funkiest in Hyderabad. The Park Hotel's contemporary design reflects the city's own history...

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The Serai Bandipur ,
Bandipur National Park

The Serai Bandipur Bandipur South India 7

Built seamlessly into the lush surrounding forests, The Serai Bandipur is the perfect setting for nature lovers and those are...

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The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Kishkinda Camp ,

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The first truly mobile luxury camp in India, ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp’ offers the opportunity to experience a variety of...

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Tranquil ,
Sultans Battery

Tranquil Sultans Battery South India 1

This secluded plantation hideaway on the Kuppamundi Coffee Estate in the Western Ghats is a gem of a place, surrounded...

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Trident Chennai ,

Trident Chennai Chennai South India

The Trident Chennai hotel is just 10 minutes from airport making it ideal for late night and early morning arrivals...

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Villa Shanti ,

Villa Shanti Pondicherry South India 5

Located on Suffren Street in the old French town and hidden behind a discreet façade, Villa Shanti is home to...

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Visalam ,

Visalam Chettinad South India 12

Visalam is an elegant 70-year-old Chettiar Mansion which has been carefully converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of...

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Wildernest Nature Resort ,

Wildernest Pool Goa

One of Goa’s finest nature resorts, Wildernest offers a unique contrast to the golden stretches of coastline in the area....

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Windermere Estate ,

Windermere Estate Munnar South India 2

Windermere Estate is a charming 15 bedroom property perched on a hilltop, surrounded by a working cardamom estate. The 360...

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Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa ,

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Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, built on the ramparts of a 16th century Portuguese fort, is the first luxury...

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