I am 67. My wife and I would like to spend about a month of the next winter...

I am 67. My wife and I would like to spend about a month of the next winter down south. Two places that come to mind are Pondicherry and Hyderabad. Please give other options with affordable places to stay, and places in the vicinity that are worth a visit
Fishing nets in Kochi,

I am 67. My wife and I would like to spend about a month of the next winter down south. Two places that come to mind are Pondicherry and Hyderabad. Please give other options with affordable places to stay, and places in the vicinity that are worth a visit.

By: Deapak Seth
June 02 , 2014
01 Min Read

Pondicherry and Hyderabad would do nicely, indeed, the former more so if you are looking for some laidback quietude. Do look up our feature on hotels in Pondicherry (‘Pocket-friendly in Pondy’, November 2010) to pick whatever suits your taste and budget. Old-worldly Taj Mahal (from Rs 1,550; 040-24758250) in the centrally located Abids area is a good budget option in Hyderabad, and a Ginger Hotel (from Rs 2,000; gingerhotels.com) should be up and running by the time you plan your trip.

To expand your list, there is a lot of Kerala that you can explore out of Kochi; stay at the reliable BTH (from Rs 2,000; bharathotel.com) not far from the Chinese fishing nets, or the charming Walton’s Homestay (from Rs 1,500; waltonhomestay.com) in Fort Kochi. Chennai’s famous season of classical music and dance runs through December-January: you could stay here and visit Mamallapuram; Pondicherry is just three hours by road. Perfect Haven (from Rs 3,000; perfecthaven.in) has special rates for longer stays in Chennai.


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