Kodai ( as few lovingly call it) or Kodaikanal is situated at a height of 7200 ft above sea level, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place present’s a awesome combination of water bodies and altitudes in the form of lake’s and mid-range mountains which makes it a perfect place to visit on or off a budget.
Apart from breath taking landscapes the place offers a slew of adventure activities , treks and trips to high altitudes. If you are a keen observer you could get lucky and be a part of the frequent get-together’s of like minded folk and experience the zen you love!
The local stay is accessible at reasonable price ranges from (INR 800- INR-2200/-) per night which includes break fast at most places. Home stays is the way to stay for a close cultural encounter and lip smacking local cuisine. Kodai always welcomes you a warm hug.
Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala . Munnar is situated at around 1,600 mts (5,200 ft) above MSL ( Mean Sea level) in the western range of mountains. Munnar also has one of the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m.
The lush green tea gardens on the valleys with nicely drawn slithering roads will take your breath away. Tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Visit Eravikulam National Park to catch a glimpse of rare flora and fauna including birds and butterflies. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018.
Goa is the paradise for budget travellers. Apart from outstanding beaches, cheap booze and excellent night life, there are many off beat things to experience. Explore them next time you are in Goa if you haven’t already
Ponda Butterfly Conservatory
Visit the conservatory and observe the colourful wings flutter. Feed the beautiful butterflies with fruits and observe them collecting nectar.
Spice plantation and elephant
The aroma of Savoi and Sahakar plantation coupled with playtime with the mighty elephants is sure to make your trip memorable. They say Elephants have the most affectionate eyes in the animal kingdom. Let us know
Crab trap fun
Enjoy catching crabs with ‘Kobblem’ traps in the backwaters of Goa with the locals.
Mandovi Sunset cruise
Organized by Goa Tourism Development Corporation, this is a river cruise that can be explored night and day everyday
Stay in the beach huts for Rs. 500 per night, ride bikes at Rs. 250 and enjoy the spread of seafood platter at Rs. 150.
If you are interested in pampering yourself, Ecohunters have a good collection of luxury villas and bungalows in Goa. Take a look at them.
Bhakti Kutir -Exclusive Beach Retreat
Darjeeling is a town in the state of West Bengal. It is located in the lesser Himalaya at an elevation of 6,700 ft or (2,042.2 m). It is noted for its tea, the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Needless to mention, Darjeeling is considered as the ‘Queen of hills’ - walking down the hills through the tea estates and absorbing the serene beauty of the panoramic views will make your day.
Relish the finest quality tea with a variety of dishes such as momo, thukpa, churpee while soaking the picture postcard views. The tiger hill sunrise along with the magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga ranges are breathtaking.
The fauna found in Darjeeling includes several species of ducks, teals,plovers and gulls that pass Darjeeling while migrating to and from Tibet.Small mammals found in the region include civets, mongooses and badgers. There is a conservation center for Red Pandas opened at Darjeeling Zoo in 2014, as a part of a captive breeding program.Wildlife in the district is protected by the wildlife wing of the West Bengal Forest Department.
Lonavla and Khandala
Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are twin hill stations 622 metres (2,041 ft) above sea level, in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. The hill stations sprawl over an approximate area of 38 square kms (15 sq mi).
The name Lonavla refers to the many caves like Karla Caves , Bhaja and Bedsa caves that are close to Lonavla. A trip to Lonavla and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and also the two fortresses, Lohgad and Visapur .Another place of interest is the Tungi fort, near the village of Karjat and was known for its natural strength.
Also explore the Andharban trek which begins from village Pimpri, passses through dense forests, valleys and waterfalls and ends in Bhira. The trek is 13 kms (approx) and starts at a altitude of 2300 ft.
The entire trip for 3 days can be completed after reaching Mumbai within a budget of INR 3000/- (approx) per person.
McLeodganj and Dharamsala (Little Lhasa)
It has an average elevation of 2,082 mts (6,831 feet). It is situated on the Dhauladhar Range ,whose highest peak, “Hanuman Ka Tibba”, at about 5,639 mts (18,500 feet), lies just behind it.
The ideal time span to spend here is 3 days. The hill station is also considered as ‘Mini Tibet’as it houses a large Tibetan population along side many temples , monasteries and other spiritual places of historical heritage. This is also the seat of Dalai Lama and has been frequented by many popular individuals from the all over the world.
Pack your backpacks and enjoy a mesmerizing trek in the valleys of the Triund. Stay is affordable at INR 200 to 700/- per night.
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Discover the rich culture, history and architecture of the Indian civilisation on this trip to one of the less-visited (a pity) parts of India.