Are you looking for an April break before summer hits peak and rates go up? Whether it is a getaway to Nandi Hills Bangalore or shacking up in one of the economic Masinagudi resorts, there will always be a destination to suit your budget. The 3 basic areas to cover when planning a low-cost trip are accommodation, food and activities.

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The 3 Areas of Budget Travel
Hostels and ashrams, if available are some examples of cheap lodging. Ashrams are free, but you need to do your research beforehand.  In some places, many temples and gurdwaras offer free quality food, a chance for you to have some unique cultural experiences along with saving on a meal. When it comes to activities, experience local culture and explore the streets and markets. Spend more time on public heritage spots and places of scenery.
Top Destinations

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Gokarna is one of the best places to travel if you are on a budget. Cheap accommodations are freely available before the monsoons. Shacks are very common and comfortable too, offering privacy and a rustic experience along with low rates. A trek across the hill from Ohm Beach to the other smaller beaches is recommended, or you can sit back and read a book at the seaside. Eat local and include a lot of fruit in your diet. Gokarna town is also an important spiritual centre, and there is a lot of heritage to explore on your own.

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The verdant hills of Coorg are another great destination if you are looking for a budget trip with no compromise on fun. Many homestays have sprung up in the district, and you can set up base in Madikeri, the town with most options. Choose local cuisine to reduce unnecessary expenditure on food. Why pay more for a pandi curry in a touristy cafe when you can get a better experience for less at a local Coorgi joint? Enjoy your shot of pepper rasam before your Old Monk, and walk around the town admiring the distinctive architecture of the houses, complete with shingles and all.

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The cool climes of Kodaikanal make it a weekend favourite. The charming hill town is a good budget destination, and there are many interesting sights and activities which all can partake in. Dormitories are available in the town, and the best activities include nature treks and scenic walks near the Kodaikanal Lake. Food is not expensive in Kodi if you explore local options. There is a fair amount of Tibetan stalls in the town which offer wholesome, hearty meals on a budget.

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Hillside meadows and the magnificent Nilgiri peaks welcome you at Ooty. There are many dorms where tourists can find a bed from as low as 75 rupees per night, and this town is also full of smaller budget homestays and guesthouses. Home to many local eateries, the Charing Cross and Commercial Road areas are the best places to grab a cheap meal. Ooty is so scenic that you can spend hours doing nothing but wandering around town and soaking in the mountain air. A visit to the Botanical Gardens and a Doddabetta Peak trek are recommended.
More Options

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There are many Bandipur resorts that offer good deals before the peak of summer. Kannur is another region that is picking up as a good budget destination, and you can enjoy a nice getaway at a resort in Masinagudi. A cheap April getaway is just what you need to kick off a new financial year and prepare for a scorching season. Strategize it well, and you will not miss out on any fun.