Guesthouse in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)

This charming rustic-chic guesthouse sits in a gloriously rural setting 6km west of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Elegant, unfussy rooms are sprinkled with terracotta-horse statuettes, sparkly cushions, recycled wood-carved doors and custom-made furniture. Terrace swing-chairs overlook a sea of palms. Rates include bicycles and transfers. The knowledgable owners also offer a thatched-roof homestay room just southwest of the temple's outermost wall.

Homecooked meals with local villagers can be arranged (₹300).