Budget Holiday in South India in Serviced Apartments

Published: 03rd December 2010
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South India has some of the best tourist destinations in India, ranging from world heritage sites, shimmering beaches, wild life parks, ancient monuments, temples renowned for their sculptures, hill stations to holistic healing centers.

If you are a planning a long vacation somewhere in India and are looking for budget hotels, you should consider serviced apartments instead. Many long stay apartments are better than the cheap hotels you might be considering. They have fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, well furnished working and living rooms, air conditioning, cable TV in each bedroom, Wi-Fi internet, laundry service, and housekeeping that you would expect in a hotel. If some apartments lacks anything, it will usually be add-on facilities like room service, swimming pool and gym, though some luxury Serviced Apartments do have even these frills.

Room tariffs in Serviced Apartments in India for stays longer than a week are 30% to 40% cheaper than hotel with similar amenities. The second major notable savings results from the absence of restaurant bills, room service charges and bar bills. Guests can cook for themselves, which means that you pay supermarket prices for food instead of marked up restaurant prices. Most offer meals, with complimentary breakfast, so if you wish, you do not have to cook. For a family on vacation, costs saved on eating out for every meal are substantial. Beverages like coffee, juice or beer consumed costs far less than it would in a restaurant.

Alcove service apartments offers luxurious and economical service apartments in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and a resort in Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka. You can plan an extended vacation to the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and stay at Alcove service apartments as a gateway to touring this fascinating region. You may an apartment for a family or serviced rooms.

Top Tourist Destinations in South India

Must-sees in Tamil Nadu

The ancient temples of Tamil Nadu are famous for their towering Gopurams and are the finest examples of Dravidian architecture. The temple towns of Madurai, Trichy, Kanchipuram, Tanjore, Palani, Tiruvallur and Mahabalipuram are amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the state. The 16th century Meenakshi Temple of Madurai with its 1,000 pillar Mandapam, and Brahadeeswara Temple of Tanjore, a UNESCOs World Heritage Site are not to be missed.

Mahabalipuram Shore Temple has glorious sculptures & stone chariot set in a beach near Chennai.

Kodaikanal is a hill station ( 2135 meters altitude) in the Western Ghats. Otacamund (Ooty) at an altitude of 7,349 feet is the most popular hill station in South India.

Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of peninsular India and the confluence of three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, has Swami Vivekananda Memorial, the Gandhi Mandapam (where the urn carrying Gandhiji's ashes were kept before immersion in the Tri-seas) and Kanyakumari Temple, in which the Goddess is wearing an dazzling diamond on her nose that can be seen from the sea. The state has some of the finest beaches of India, including the Marina Beach- the second longest beach in the world, Elliots Beach, the Covelong Beach and Kanyakumari Beach. Wildlife sanctuaries like Madumalai and Annamalai are situated in the Western Ghats

Tourist Attractions in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, the capital city is a major tourist attraction. The city of Nizams is famous for its rich historical past, art & craft, jewellery, culture, poetry and architecture. Hyderabad has many tourist attractions like Charminar, Golconda Fort, Falaknuma Palace, Mecca Masjid, Hussain Sagar Lake, Venkateswara temple (Birla Mandir) and Qutub Shahi tombs.

Tirumala Tirupati Temple is the most visited temple of India and second most visited shrine in the world after Vatican. Located on the seventh peak of the Tirupati Hills in Chittoor district, Tirupati Temple is also the richest temple of the World. Visakhapatnam, is a port city with a natural harbour and clean picturesque beaches. Andhra Pradesh has at over 100 Buddhist sites, including Nagarjunakonda, which has the largest and the oldest stupa in the world. Amravati is has 2000 years old ruins , and stupa or the Maha Chaitya, where the sacred relics of the Buddha are preserved.

Tourist Attractions in Karnataka

Bangalore or Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka is the Silicon valley of India. Some of the popular tourist destinations of Bengaluru are the Bannerghatta National Park, The Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace, ISKCON Temple and The Bangalore Palace.

Mysore is around 130 kms from Bangalore. One can cover the major attractions by a conduted day tour from Bangalore. Mysore Palace or the Mysore Maharaja Palace is one of the largest palaces in the country, and epicenter of Dasarah festival. Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of Chamundi hill ( 3,489 ft. high); Brindavan Gardens, Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery, St Philomena's Church , Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatna, Srirangapatnam Fort, Srirangapatna are all in and around Mysore.

Karnataka is the home to 25 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 National Parks, of which Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park and the Nagarhole National Park are the most popular.

The popular beaches that dot the coastline of Karnataka are Murudeshwara, Karwar, Gokarna, Someshwara, Maravanthe, Ullal, Panambur and Om Beach. India's longest single-tiered waterfall is Jog falls (810ft ) in Shimoga

You can visit famous temples of the South Canara region like the Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna and the Mukudeshwara Temple in Mukudeshwara , Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Sri Manjunatha Temple at Dharmasthala, Sri Subramanya Temple at Kukke and Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri. Sringeri has the first maţha or monastery established by Adi Shankaracharya, theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century C.E. It is located on the banks of the river Tunga. The Jain temples of Shravanabelagola, Mudabidri and Karkala are important pilgrimage centers; 1000 year old monolithic statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali , 57 feet high, is located on the Vindyagiri hill in Shravanabelagola.

Kannada dynasties like Kadambas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagaras, built great monuments to Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism. at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi, Banavasi, Belur, Halebidu, Shravanabelagola, and others. Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur, has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia. The ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi and Pattadakal are UNESCO World heritage sites.

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