Places to travel on a shoestring budget


In today’s running life, traveling is like a Panacea, which freshens you up. We all crave to travel around without putting a dent in our wallets. In today’s inflation period, traveling for many people is heavy on their budget. Budget fit travel is not an illusion. So here are a list of few pocket-friendly destinations that are going to be a blessing to your bank accounts, as well as visual treat to your eyes. So pack your bags and get ready to have the trip of your life.

The term Kodaikanal itself translates to the “gift of the forests”. Donning a cool and pleasant climate all year round, Kodaikanal is all about verdant valleys, forest-covered hills, and serene lakes and waterfalls.
Often referred to as the Princess of Hill stations, Kodaikanal presents a beautiful blend of natural sceneries and culture. Owing to its rich flora and fauna, Kodaikanal serves as an excellent getaway from the monotony of city life.


Famous tourist attractions
-Green Valley View
-Kodai Lake
-Thalaiyar Falls (Rat tail falls)
-Bryant Park
-Silver Cascade Falls
-Shembaganur Museum of National History
-Kodai chocolate Factory

Best spots for Shopping
Danish Display – Ethnic rosewood and sandalwood wood craft, perfumed candles and natural aromatherapy oils. The place sells exquisite jute, brass, bronze and terracotta decorative products and funky fashion jewellery.
Where- Anna Salai

Kodai Chocolate factory- The place has the most delectable & mouth-watering collection of chocolates. The place also sells herbal oils, coffee and tea.
Where- Law’s Ghat Road

Potter’s head- Locally made beautifully handcrafted pottery products.
Where- PT Road

Shalimar weaves- You can buy original silk and wool shawls, scarves, stoles and even pure pashmina.
Where- Anna Salai
Local dishes
-Milagu Pongal
-Meen Kuzhambu
-Arisi Thengai Payasam

Blossoming bougainvilleas, crumbling cathedrals on leafy boulevards and 18th-century colonial buildings colour the former French colony of Pondy, which sits on the Bay of Bengal. Pondicherry being a love child of French and Indian Cultures, never ceases to amuse you with its unique style.


Famous tourist attractions
-Promenade Beach
-Sri Aurobindo Ashram
-Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
-Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Best spots for shopping
Casablanca- An ideal mix of mini-mall and boutique, it offers the best things to buy in Pondicherry. It also boasts of an incredible pottery collection! It is the best shopping mall in Pondicherry.
Where- 165, Mission St, Heritage Town, Puducherry.

Cluny Embroidery Centre- dainty embroidery items like table cloths and shawls.
Where- No 46, Romain Rolland Street, White Town, Puducherry.

Serenity Beach Bazaar- is a village style bazaar and has handicrafts sourced locally and from Auroville. Other than shopping, its numerous food stalls make it a complete outing!

Nehru Street- Here, you can find local handmade products like pottery and clothing as well as daily consumer goods.
Where- Jawahar Lal Nehru Street, Pondicherry.
Local dishes
-Kadugu Yerra
-Coq Au Vin (French chicken dish)
-Bouillabaisse (Traditional fish stew)

Want to kiss the stress away? Then head straight to the beautiful hill station of Lonavala. It is a part of the Sahyadri hills and offers a panoramic view of the alluring greenery all around it. It is surrounded by very dense forests, picturesque waterfalls, and dams. Lonavala has something for everyone – a bit of history, romantic spots and adventure sports for adrenaline junkies. Dreamy, scenic and mesmerizing are the perfect words to describe the beautiful hill station of Lonavala.


Famous tourist attractions
-Lohagad Fort
-Bushi Dam
-Lonavala Lake
-Rajmachi Fort
-Karla Caves
-Bhimashankar Trek

Best spots for shopping
Lonavala Bazaar- The market is full of tiny shops selling attractive, colourful trinkets, gorgeously-made wooden figurines and various products made of cane.
Where- Siddharth Nagar, Lonavala

Maganlal Chikki- There is a huge variety of ingredients these chikkis are available in, including dry fruits, coconut, cashew crush, etc

Where- Old Mumbai-Pune Road, Varsoli, Near Wax Museum, Gawliwada, Rao Colony, Lonavala – 410401.

This is it, the end of India. There’s a sense of accomplishment on making it to the tip of the subcontinent’s ‘V’, past the final dramatic flourish of the Western Ghats and the green fields, glinting rice paddies and slow-looping wind turbines of India’s deep south. Kanyakumari can feel surreal; at certain times of year you’ll see the sun set and the moon rise over three seas (Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean) simultaneously.


Famous tourist attractions
-Padmanabhapuram Palace
-Vivekananda Memorial
-Light house

Best spots for shopping
Noor Shopping Centre- People of all age groups can shop for their essentials here. The old and the young can choose from a wide range of products. Shop for clothes, accessories, gadgets and several kinds of stuff here.
Where- Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu 629702.

Srikanya Handicrafts- The elaborately designed handicrafts are a hit among the tourists. There are varieties of artifacts available here.
Where- 1/14-L (Opp Siva Temple), Sannathi St, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu 629702.
Local dishes
-Kothu (Minced Parotta)
-Aval (Beaten Rice)
-Pazha Bajji
-Nungu Sarbath (Palm fruit juice)

To feel the touch of nature, Ooty is a right spot for the lover of nature. It sparkles with fresh vegetation and sceneries. It is “queen of all hill station”. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters. It attracts the tourist by its charming flowers. Lofty mountains, dense forest, acres and acres of tea estates are green feast for the eyes of the tourist.


Famous tourist attractions
-Ooty lake
-Emerald lake
-Ooty Botanical Gardens
-Ooty Toy train

Best spots for shopping
Lower Bazaar Road- Toda Jewelry, Toda Shawls, Crockery, Cookware.
Where- Near Ooty Lake

Tibetan Market- From shawls, pullovers and cardigans to gloves, jackets and hoodies, the place has a wide range of woolen clothes on offer and that too at reasonable pricing.
Where- Vannarapettai, Ooty
Local dishes
-Chicken Chettinad and Kozhi Varutharachathu
-Coconut Burfy

By Vuha Kunapareddy

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