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Southern India Hotels

South India offers an eclectic wealth of hotel experiences due to incredible diversity of the terrain. From the Spice plantations and hill retreats of the Western Ghats to the beach retreats, river cruises and Auyeda spas of Kerala, the wildlife lodges in Kabini, and the unique French influences of Pondicherry and the temple towns of Tamil Nadu

Hyderabad could be considered as an alternative entry point to the South and as such would allow one to experience one of the southern most points of the Mugal Empire. Once the richest state in India, Hyderabad has many Palaces and amongst them the most impressive and recently refurbished Taj Falak Numa Palace - Palace in the Sky.

At the Southern Edge of the Western Ghats are the coffee and spice plantations of Coorg and the impressive Vivanta by Taj with its individual contemporary cottages filled with light, emeresing you in the unique rain forest surrounding. One of the main wildlife reserves Kabini, in the southern reaches of Karnataka has several safari retreats such as The Bison and Orange County where you can watch the many indigenous species such as heards of wild Elephants literally pass by your doorstep.

Kolkata, the centerpiece of the British Raj offers some wonderful hotels including the Taj Bengal and colonial grand dame, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.

Onto Tamil Nadu where there is a wide range of accommodation from the French mansions of Pondicherry like the elegant Palais de Mahe and The Hotel De L'Orient to the individual merchant houses of Chettinad - Visalam & Bangala, famed for its indigenous fiery cuisine.

Probably the most well known state of the south Kerala is home to many beautiful beach resorts and yoga retreats. Malabar Escapes has several stylish boutique properties offering a range of intimate hotels with a colonial feel and a fashionable finish. Purity is a great choice for a few days of relaxing with an excellent spa and great waterfront location. CGH Earth Hotels have many charming rural properties in their portfolio that encompass the rustic Keralan hospitality with several hotels in ideal locations in the Colonial capital of Cochin and scattered along the beaches and backwaters throughout. Both Marari Beach Resort and Coconut lagoon are firm favorites.

Unique to Kerala it is well worth an afternoon or evening spent on board one of the rice boats that glide through the lattice of canals. Or spend 3 days on Luxury Oberoi Motor Vessel Cruiser with 8 well-appointed cabins. To the northern reaches of Kerala there are several new beach retreats such as The Neeleswar Hermitage with its large expanse of untouched golden beach and spa and Vivanta by Taj Bekal with its extensive spa. Kerala is home to many Ayurvedic spas which can easily be combined into a larger India tour. Both Surya Samudra and Soomatherema offer great spa packages to allow you to return home fully relaxed and revitalized.

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