Tamil Nadu's budget accommodation ranges from plain ashram guesthouses and beachside shacks to bland-but-tolerably-clean city/town hotels. Recommendable midrange hotels are generally clean but characterless. The state's top hotels are the majestic colonial-era Western Ghats hill-station residences of Kodaikanal, Ooty and Coonoor; the palatial mansions of Chettinadu in the south; and the converted French-influenced townhouses of Puducherry. Some destinations are best visited as day trips from others with higher-quality accommodation.