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Stay at delightful hotels in South India

Some of the best known hotels of India are placed in Southern parts. If you are planning for a trip to south India any time soon, you can avail the best staying places in cities and states like Bangalore, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Kovalam, Poovar, Munnar etc. It is imperative to say that all these places are well known tourist destinations and they boasts of some of the best options when it comes to charming and luxurious hotels, beach resorts, and even the home stays. There are three stars and five stars hotels and also budget accommodations available.

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South India is one of the best holiday destinations in the country and thus billions of people visit the several tourist destinations in south India. Most travelers like exploring the various tourist attractions that are already popular. No matter what your plans are regarding the holiday trip that you are planning at south India, you would need a proper accommodation to spend the night over.
All the hotels and the home stays in south India are well designed and follow the traditional welcoming of the guests. It is of course a very commendable gesture. When you make yourself comfortable at such a good hotel, you can also spend some time in tasting the different flavors of the south Indian cuisines. The room facilities and the amenities provided at these hotels are also of the best quality.
For instance, if you are planning to visit Bangalore, you must be aware that it is the IT hub of the country. The city boasts of some of the most elegant hotels in town. You can make your choice known from the five stars or the three stars hotels or even the luxury hotels. All of them are designed uniquely and the amenities provided by them are extremely impressive.
Chennai on the other hand is quite a reasonable place. The hotels here are available at fair prices and are quite affordable too. The city also has some of the best business hotels in case you are planning to hold a business meeting or conference while on a trip to Chennai. Some of the amenities that you can look for at the various Chennai hotels include the car parking, the swimming pools, laundry services, online room booking, health clubs, medical facilities, yoga gardens, conference halls and many such other facilities.

Top five holiday destination in South India

If you are planning for a South India Trip, you cannot juts miss out on the Golden Triangle tour. The southern part of India is and has always been a delight for every travel enthusiast simply because of several options that it provides. Whether you are planning a honeymoon travel or want to make a family outing, there is no better choice than the south India tourist places.
The golden triangle tour is referred to the three most famous places of southern India, namely the Mahabalipuram, Chennai and Kanchipuram. Enjoy the unity among diversity when you explore the various religions, culture, tradition and also the rituals of these places. Take pleasure in visiting the amazing structures of temples, and also other historical monuments.Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail
Chennai, also known as the “gateway of South India”, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Explore the stunning beaches and the waterfalls, the mountains and the rivers with your family. You can also visit the different monuments and temples like Tirupati, Meenaxi etc.
Kanchipuram is known for its kanjivaram sarees apart from the several temples and other shrines. You can also participate in various rituals that happen at various temples here in Kanchipuram.
The final stop in this golden triangle tour is the Mahabalipuram. It is located on the coast of Coromandal. The scenic beauty of Mahabalipuram is worth mentioning and so are the unique sculptures and motifs on the temples.
Apart from the golden triangle, you can also visit some other equally popular travel destinations like Cochin, which is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It is also the gateway towards the exhilarating backwaters of Kerala. You can stay at the houseboats and enjoy the serenity of the nature in solitude. It is needless to say that Kerala backwaters are one of the most unique experiences that you can have in your entire lifetime.
You can also visit the Periyar National Park if you are fond of nature and wildlife. The park also has a lake within by the name of Periyar, hence the name of the park. There are several rare species and other jungle activities that you can see and participate in while on a trip to Periyar National Park.
The southern part of India is a treasure trove for travel enthusiasts and attracts tourists in droves from all over the world. Once you visit the place, you would want to go back there again and again.

Experience the charm of Munnar

Munnar is the new travel destination for many people in the recent times simply because of the pristine and exotic natural beauty that it has to offer. The charm of Munnar lies in its unexplored scenic beauty and also the amazingly wholesome climate. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats in Idukki district of Kerala and at a height of 6000 feet above the sea level. It is known for its extensive plantation of cardamom and tea.
The term or the name of Munnar is derived from the words Moonu and Aaru, meaning three and river respectively. Of course the three rivers here are referred to the confluence of the rivers Kundaly, Madhurapuzha and Nallathanni. Munnar has a colonial past and was originally developed as a plantation town by the British resident John Daniel Munro.
Munnar is ideal place for visit if you are planning your honeymoon, or if you are an adventure freak, it is also a great choice if you are a nature and wildlife lover. With scenic valleys and virgin forests, sprawling acres of tea and cardamom plantation and the waterfalls, you would just love to be a part of Munnar during the holiday trip. Munnar is fast growing to become one of the most popular tourist places of India.

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Nature lovers also make a visit to Munnar because of the Neelakurinji which is a flower that blooms once in every 12 years. It is thus imperative to say that the “kurinji season” is a worth seeing sight in munnar when the valleys and the hills get covered with the blooms of Neelakurinji. Being an ideal place to chill and relax, munnar is your destination if you wish to unwind and soak in the natural views of the place.
If you are into adventure sports, you can also opt for the soft trekking and the mountain trekking. There are also many wild life sanctuaries in Munnar that are worth a visit like the Thattekad, Eravikulam and Chinnar wild life sanctuaries. You can also visit the tea museum to learn all about the processes involved with the lea leaves brewing.
Munnar is also famous for its spices and tea shopping. Apart from tea and cardamom, you can also shop for lemon grass, eucalyptus oil and the citridora and even the strawberries at relatively cheaper prices.
Thus if you are planning for a south India travel, make sure you have Munnar in your itinerary.

Feel the bliss: visit south India temples

Summer times are knocking the doors and it is time to start making plans about the next holiday trip. Planning a trip to the southern parts of India can be a great experience with spiritual destinations like Pondicherry, Tirupathi, Kanchipuram,Tanjore, Chidambaram, Trichy, Trivandrum, Madurai, and Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu is the best place to visit if you are looking for that spiritual bliss in the form of travel. The temples in the state are the true specimens of magnificence and elegance.
There are several temples in different parts of south India but some places are more popular and significant than the others like the Nataraja Temple and the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. The city of Tanjore, also known as Tanjavur boasts of some famous temples like the Meenakshi temple which dates back to more than 4000 years and has excellent architectural brilliance. and the Brihadeswara temple. The Brihadeswara temple is in fact also recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is more than 1000 years old and represents the might of the Chola dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

There are also many other places to check out in Tanjore like the Gandhi Museum, Great Tank and the King Tirumala’s Palace.
Trichy on the other hand is one of the most visited locations in south India tourist places. The major reason behind the popularity of this place is the strategic location of the city next to the Cauvery River. The rock fort temple is one of the major attractions of Madurai. On its way, you can also stop at the Vinayaka temple and the Thayumanaswamy temple. When you are in Madurai, do not miss a visit to the Ramanatha Swamy temple.
Rameswaram is a small island in the coast of Tamil Nadu and is connected to the mainland of India by the longest bridge. Tirupati has the masterpiece of Dravidian Architectural style in the temple of Lord Venkateswara. It attracts tourists from all parts of the world and it is also one of the wealthiest temples in India.
If you are the spiritual kind as a person, you can always go for the exotic locales of the south India trip. Some of the must visit temples in the southern parts of India include the kala Kshetra in Mylapore and the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirupathi. When you are at Kanchipuram, you should drop by the Sri Kamakshi Temple.

Top Hotels in Bangalore

The Hotel industry is booming on a speedy rate in India today. States like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka etc are offering luxurious as well as affordable hotels which are in a way creating competition among the hotel groups and owners and proving beneficial to the customers.

Here is a list of ace hotels providing hospitality and service at its best. The first one on my countdown list is ‘E-inn’ renamed as ‘Sai Vishram Hotel’, a 5 star business hotel, located in the bustling Electronics City, which is known as a technology hub. There are 252 rooms and suites in the hotel, which are equipped with luxurious amenities. Mini fridge, Wi-Fi internet and tea/coffee maker are provided in these rooms and suites making the experience bigger and better. If happen you visit it do not miss to savour English Tea with mouth-watering pastries at the lobby lounge.

Moving on to the next hotel, ‘The Paul Bangalore Hotel’, 40 kilometres away from the Bangalore International Airport and just around the corner from Embassy Golf Links Business Park, the home to several of the main IT hubs of the city. It provides facilities like swimming pool with steam, sauna and Jacuzzi, kids’ swimming pool, sun beds, amenities for the physically challenged. It also provides Gymnasium and health club, travel desk, and taxi services. If you visit it, don’t go without having food in 24-hour Sidewalk Cafe and bar.

Another 5 star hotel, ‘Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield’, provides services like Travel Desk, Babysitting Service, Valet Parking etc. It also delivers a round the clock room service and efficient house-keeping ensuring relaxed and comfort stay. Room delights include mini bar, tea/coffee maker, television with satellite connection and direct dial telephone. An executive writing desk and high speed wireless internet access is available in all rooms. Visit the pastry shop which serves some luscious confectionaries baked by connoisseurs.

Bangalore is blessed with development especially in the Hotel & restaurant sector. In order to rejuvenate yourself you need to visit ‘Palm Meadows Club’ which renders services like massage centre, yoga meditation centre and yoga classes as well. The guests also find games room, 24 hour room service and parking facility also. At hotel the guests can request for taxi service, babysitting service and guide service. Hotel offers chargeable facilities like conference hall, business centre, internet facility, and railway station transfer and snack/fruit basket. Washrooms of the hotel have shower area, hot/cold running water and bathroom toiletries. It is a 5 star hotel giving excellent facilities in terms of luxury and hospitality.

A brief guide about what to look for in hotels

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India has an almost endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments and places to explore. From the ancient ruins, fascinating religious structures, exotic cities and diverse landscape there is an endless collection of tourist attractions in India that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor. India is the world’s seventh-largest country stretching from the high mountains of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, and from the sacred Ganges to the sands of the Thar desert. Its more than one billion inhabitants are divided into two thousand ethnic groups and speak over 200 different languages.

The Taj Mahal in Agra is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1632 and 1653 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. Called “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity” it is one of the masterpieces of Mughal architecture, and one of the great tourist attractions in India. The Harmandir Sahib, better known as the Golden Temple is the main tourist attraction in Amritsar, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. The Kerala backwaters are a chain of lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast in the Kerala state. The Kerala backwaters are home to many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds and animals such as otters and turtles. The Virupaksha Temple in the city of Hampi started out as a small shrine and grew into a large complex under the Vijayanagara rulers. Kanha National Park is among the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia and one of best places to catch a glimpse of a tiger in India. Located in Rajasthan’s remote westernmost corner close to the border with Pakistan, Jaisalmer is the quintessential desert town. The yellow sandstone walls of the “Golden City” rise from the Thar desert like a scene from the Arabian Nights while the Jaisalmer Fort crowns the city. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, Varanasi is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Lake Palace in Lake Pichola in the city of Udaipur was built as a royal summer palace in the 18th century. Today it is a luxury 5 Star hotel, operating under the “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces”. Palolem is the most southerly of Goa’s developed beaches and also one of the most beautiful. It is a natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides, resulting in a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed. The Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the 2th century BC. The magnificent Ajanta caves were abandoned around 650 AD and forgotten until 1819, when a British hunting party stumbled upon them.

Hotels in Kumarakom

Kumarakom lake resort

Postal Address: Kumarakom North Post – Kottayam 686566, Kerala, India

Email: klresort@vsnl.com

Lush and serene, the breath-taking experience of the Kerala backwaters offered at the Kumarakom lake resort is unparalleled.
Located by the banks of the pristine Lake Vembanad, the complex sprawls across over 25 acres of land.
The rooms offered are mostly cottages, with their simple and aesthetic design based on the manas, the traditional homesteads of Kerala.
A home away from home, the resort presents tasteful luxury blended with the rich heritage of Kerala.

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Residences at the Resort

 

Categories of accommodation provided:

• Presidential Suites with Private Pool
• Heritage Lake View Villas with Private Pool
• Heritage villas with private pool
• Meandering Pool Villas
• Luxury Pavilion Rooms
• Houseboats

 

Other facilities offered:

 

• Conference room with a seating capacity of upto 85 people, with state of the
art communication and teleconferencing systems installed
• The infinity swimming pool, which is also a part of the lake, with a jacuzzi
• Fitness centre, with trained instructors
• Business Centre
• Concierge
• Wifi

 

The resort can arrange for package tours of the lake and it’s vicinity, and also organizes cruises in the tranquil backwaters, sunset cruise, water sports, speedboat tours and banana boat rides.
Bird sanctuary visits, sightseeing trip to Kottayam, cycling, village walks, guided fishing activities, are some of the activities that can be experienced around the resort. The Resort also regularly conducts evening concerts showcasing traditional Keralian dance, drama and music.

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The Ayurmana

It’s ayurvedic spa centre, the Ayurmana, offers a variety of therapeutic, relaxation and recreational packages. It also houses yoga halls and meditation centers.

 

Gastronome Corner!

Besides, the resort has a diverse plethora of dining options.

The Thattukada

The resort also has it’s vintage tea shop, the Thattukada. Noted for it’s pleasant and inviting ambience, the tea house offers a wide range of local snacks and brews to chose from.

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The Ettukettu in it’s full glory

 

Ettukettu, the multi-cuisine, 115-seat restaurant is the grand pride of the Kumarakom Lake Resort. A princely eight-sided mansion with two central courtyards, the Ettukettu bespeaks of the grandeur of Kerala’s regal architecture. Commissioned by the King Marthanda Varma, the original establishment  was dismantled and relocated in all its glory at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

The reigning specialty at the restaurant is ethnic Keralian cuisine with a slew of aromatic spices, lending the cuisine it’s very own flavour. It dishes out a variety of delicate, exotic preparations exclusive to the region, such as the rare Syrian Christian Duck Roast.

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The Vembanad Seafood bar

 

The Vembanad Seafood Bar offers the perfect rustic ambience to suit the typical Kerala seafood cuisine, as one basks in the view of a glorious sunset. The menu includes anything and everything in seafood, with a dedicated chef in constant attendance.

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The Pool Pavilion

 

A pavilion set right on the banks of the lake by the infinity pool, the Pool Pavilion at Kumarakom Lake Resort offers the rare and exclusive opportunity to experience the brilliance of nature in peaceful seclusion with it’s limited tables. Reserve and enjoy a memorable evening of exquisite dining under caring attendance.