OT Wedding Wednesday: Offbeat Places In India To Host Your Special Day

Each location promises a truly unforgettable and extraordinary wedding experience
The backwaters of Kerala in KumarakomShutterstock

Are you looking for a truly special wedding destination that emanates a sense of uniqueness? Immerse yourself in the enchanting experience of a distinctive destination wedding at several captivating locations in India. These include the sun-kissed vineyards of Maharashtra, a historically significant UNESCO World Heritage temple town with intricate architectural marvels, and a serene lake nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Meghalaya, where you can exchange vows surrounded by nature's beauty.

Along The Backwaters In Kerala

The famed Kerala backwaters could be a striking backdrop for a wedding. And Kumarakom is a place that truly has it all - from backwaters and houseboats to abundant forests. This captivating region, nestled in Kuttanad, is an archipelago dotted along the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake, providing a charming and picturesque setting to explore.

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Discover Coconut Lagoon's secluded and intimate paradise, where rustic elegance meets luxury. Accessible via a private jetty, this unique retreat features villas and bungalows built using local, reclaimed elements. Host grand events for up to 200 guests on the lakefront or smaller gatherings by the poolside. Treat your guests to memorable activities such as canoeing and birdwatching.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Have you thought about hosting your destination wedding in the heritage city of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh? Imagine having your wedding at a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 950 AD. This historically rich location showcases the grandeur of ancient Indian architecture and cultural heritage. The backdrop of exquisite temples adorned with intricately carved depictions of love, life, and spirituality would make for a unique and memorable experience.

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Experience the breathtaking views of the Western Group of Temples from The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho. The luxury 5-star hotel offers 47 rooms and suites, along with more than 2,400 square feet of event spaces. More details here.

A Coastal Town Near Mumbai

A beach sunset Gayatri Priyadarshini/Wiki Commons

Nestled on the idyllic Konkan coast of Maharashtra, the coastal town of Alibaug allures visitors with its tranquil beaches, ancient forts, charming villas, and scenic vistas. Often dubbed as "mini-Goa" for its sandy shores and soothing ocean winds, Alibaug is a captivating destination to consider for your wedding, offering a delightful fusion of natural beauty and cultural heritage along the shores of the Arabian Sea.

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Nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings of Alibaug, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa offers 25,000 sqft of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces. Just a short drive from bustling Mumbai, this tranquil oasis offers a bespoke package designed by expert planners to ensure your special day is nothing short of magical. You can also elevate your experience with a pre-wedding photo shoot to capture memories in a breathtaking setting. More details here.

A Tranquil Lake In Meghalaya

 Umiam Lake
The tranquil lake is close to Shillong Benoy/Wiki Commons

Located in the enchanting Northeastern region of India, Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is often referred to as the "Scotland of the East." Envision a wedding ceremony set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Umiam Lake near Shillong, enveloped by verdant hills and vibrant orchids. The unique blend of natural beauty and tranquility makes it a perfect locale for an idyllic wedding. The serenity of the lake will enchant you, while the encompassing hills offer a breathtaking panoramic vista.

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Have your wedding at Ri Kynjai, which translates to 'Serenity by the Lake' in Khasi. Book country-style cottages with traditional Khasi-inspired decor. You can also undergo traditional Khasi spa treatments before the wedding.

A Vineyard In Nashik

Sula vineyards in Nashik
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Vineyards provide a delightful sensory experience, allowing visitors to enjoy fine wines amidst beautiful landscapes. Wine tourism in India has been gaining popularity in recent years, with scenic vineyards becoming popular getaways for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The vineyards in Nashik, Maharashtra, offer wine-tasting tours paired with delectable food, attracting visitors from all corners of the country.

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Sula Vineyard in Maharashtra's Nashik is the largest vineyard in India and is often referred to as 'The Napa Valley of India'. This vast space can be transformed into a stunning wedding venue which transitions from daytime to evening celebrations, offering a breathtaking backdrop for your special day. Picture exchanging vows in a magnificent theatre, with hills on one side and vineyards on the other, capturing an exquisite sunset, all while enjoying high-quality wines. More details here.

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