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15 of the best hotel swimming pools in South India

5th Mar

There’s nothing like cooling off in a shimmering, inviting swimming pool after a busy day exploring or sightseeing in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu or Goa, or starting the day with an invigorating few lengths if you're feeling more energetic.  

We’ve crawled our directory of favourite hotels for the best pools to suit everyone whether you want to dunk, paddle, splash, swim or just take in the amazing scenery.

Best pool for: Relaxing

Cardamom County, Periyar, Kerala

After a long day of exploring Kerala, this swimming pool at the Cardamom County nature retreat is the perfect place to relax. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding scenery and breathe in the sumptuous scents from the spice plantations as you unwind and let your cares drift away.

Cadamom County Pool



Best pool for: Swimming

Radisson Blu Temple Bay, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

If you want to be a little more active on your break and get a few lengths in, then the Radisson Blue Temple Bay is a great choice, with its large 27,000 square foot swimming pool meandering through the resort. There’s also an infinity pool for relaxing and taking in the beautiful waterfront views.

Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel pool



Best pool for: Taking the plunge

Heritage Madurai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Cool off after a hot day and reinvigorate your circulation with a dunk in a plunge pool on your own private sun deck in a luxury villa. The beautiful Heritage Madurai hotel is also home to the magnificent Temple Pool, which will make you feel immersed in history.  

Heritage Madurai swimming pool



Best pool for: Luxury

The Leela, Kovalam, Kerala

A popular resort for weddings and honeymoons, the Leela resort and spa is the perfect place to be pampered on your tour. Set on top of a cliff, the infinity pool is a highlight, giving you an amazing view of the Arabian Sea, especially at sunset whether you take a dip or enjoy a poolside meal.

The Leela, infinity pool



Best pool for: Something spectacular

Vythiri Villa and Tree House Resort, Wayanad, Kerala

Set amongst the leafy foliage of the rainforest The Kerala Vythiri Resort is a truly special place. The outdoor pool lets you be at one with nature, but the honeymoon pool is really magical – you can look down onto it through the glass floor of the villa, almost like you’re sleeping on water.

Vythiri Honeymoon pool



Best pool for: Sunset swimming

Kerala Niraamaya Retreat Kovalam, Kerala

Set on a cliff top, this amazing accommodation offers spectacular views over the Arabian Sea. The infinity pool at the Kerala Niraamaya Retreat is fringed with palm trees and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset, as you gaze out to sea at the end of your day.

Niraamaya Retreat swimming pool 



Best pool for: Architecture

Palais De Mahe,  Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry is synonymous with its vibrant yellow colonial buildings, and this theme continues at the Palais De Mahe hotel, with bright hues and gorgeous archways surrounding the courtyard swimming pool. If you’re feeling energetic, the long rectangular shape is ideal for swimming lengths.

Palais de Mahe pool



Best pool for: Romance

Greenwoods Resort, Periyar, Kerala

Whether you’re looking to go on honeymoon, or celebrate a birthday or anniversary with your true love, then Greenwoods is the place. The secluded villas each have their own plunge pool, ideal to idly dangle your legs in while raising a toast with a glass of something sparkly.  

Greenwoods resort romantic honeymoon pool


Best pool for: Poolside dining

Heritage Resort, Hampi, Karnataka

Not only does the Heritage Resort in Hampi have a fantastic pool to swim in, you can also dine next to it, sampling the menu made up of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the on-site organic farm. End the evening with a post-meal swim (if you’re not too full).

Heritage Resort swimming pool for poolside dining


Best pool for: Families

Crowne Plaza, Cochin, Kerala

If you’re travelling with children to South India, the Crowne Plaza in Cochin is a great choice of accommodation, offering children’s activities and babysitting services. Younger travellers will be happy making a splash in the two outdoor pools, one of which is a designated children’s pool.

Crowne Plaza Cochin swimming pool


Best pool for: Swimming in the shade

The Serai Kabini, Karnataka

If you’re looking to swim outdoors but with a little shelter from the sun, then this glorious pool at The Serai Kabini, Karnataka with overhanging palm trees is ideal. We recommend putting your feet up on a lounger of an evening and watching the candlelight reflecting on the glistening water.

Serai Kabini


Best pool for: Rooftop glamour

Fragrant Nature Cochin, Kerala

Be on top of the world (or the building at least) in the amazing rooftop pool at the boutique Fragrant Nature Cochin. Experience the city at a distance from the crowds and be wowed by spectacular views before peacefully floating along under blue skies.

Fragrant Nature, Cochin


Best pool for: Getting back to nature

Wayanad Wild, Wayanad, Kerala

If you’re looking to get away from it all, then the Wayanad Wild is the place to really hide away and unwind. Situated in the rainforests of Lakkidi, the pool surrounded by the wilderness is a truly breathtaking spot, that evoke a tinge of sadness when visit the local swim baths back home.

Wayanad Wild swimming pool


Best pool for: Lakeside views

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

The tranquil, large pool at Kumarakom Lake Resort will make you feel as if you’re swimming on the adjoining sparkling lake. His Royal Highness Prince Charles spent his 65th birthday here with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and we’re sure they couldn’t resist a regal dip!

Kumarakom Lake Resort swimming pool


Best pool for: Lazy lagoon life

Coconut Creek Resort, Goa

Cast your cares away in the cool waters of the gorgeous lagoon-shaped pool at the Coconut Creek Resort, Goa. Fringed by swaying palm trees, this oasis of calm is the perfect spot to soak up the sun on a luxurious lounger whilst sipping a cool drink from the poolside bar.

Goa Coconut Creek swimming pool


Fancy taking a dip in any of these picture-perfect pools? Contact our travel experts today!