if you are returning to Cochin after the trip then i would suggest to stay at kalpetta
thanks bro.. any hotels ?
My suggestion is better you try at Vythiri.One hotel is there but no need to reach vythiri and not vythiri village,its slightly expensive.Dude unfortunately i forgot the name of the hotel. After the ghats hardly 3 to 5kms.It's on the left side of the road and quite economical,you may feel like ooty.
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Look at Lakkidi Village Resort. Suits your budget. Note that Dec is peak time.
Kalpetta would be the center point to cover all sight seeing places. Or else plan each day in different location.
If the budget mentioned is for 8 pax for 2 night stay, you will need to go for budget hotels/lodges. There are some which even offer dormitory accommodation.