South India offers an eclectic mix of experiences for the traveller and these have been made more memorable as fantastic resorts open up across the region.
PEACEFUL AND SCENIC, the Vidyanagar township in Karnataka is the perfect get away for a quiet weekend. The towering chimneys of the JSW steel factories stand like hills in the background, but surprisingly the air is fresh and the township is cooler than the historical destinations around. The brand new Hyatt property is presently the only Hyatt Place property in the country and is perfect for travellers seeking comfort after a hot and hectic day of exploring the ruins. After a drive through Vidyanagar from the noisy Toranagallu, the charming feel of the hotel contributes to the feeling of tranquillity. The hotel has a 115 highly comfortable rooms that have complimentary WiFi throughout. They come equipped with a refrigerator, a coffee maker and a 40 inch flat-panel LED TV. The plush bed is inviting after a rigorous day spent under the scorching sun, exploring the beautiful sites at Hampi. Seven rooms come with their own personal plunge pools. There is also a good swimming pool in the complex as well as a large meeting hall ideal for weddings, exhibitions and conferences. The Market, which has salads, sandwiches and a variety of bottled beverages is one of the special features the hotel offers. At present, the Gallery, which is open 24x7, takes care of the needs of the guests. The chefs also customise the meal as per your preference. The hotel provides free hot breakfast for its guests. Whether it’s the succulent chicken tikka, a cool mocktail or the delicious fish and chips, the food will not disappoint. It is an ideal place for leisure travellers with the world’s largest open air museum and an UNESCO world heritage site at Hampi just 27 km away and several other destinations like Badami, Aihole and Pattadakkal located in the region. Although the hotel does not have concierge services, the dedicated staff is friendly and more than happy to assist in preparing an itinerary to ensure you get your fill of the rich history of Hampi. Guests can also visit Kaladham, a 3D museum on Hampi opposite the hotel. WHAT: An upscale hotel near the Hampi ruins WHERE: Vidyanagar Township, Toranagallu Contact: Tel: (08395) 661234; www.hampi. place.hyatt.com