Star Cottage at Hampi’s Boulders, Hampi
This eco resort blends right into the landscape: boulder-shaped cottages, wholly local menus and a primitive rock pool mirror the rugged charm of the heritage town. The single-bedroom Star Cottage opens onto a roomy balcony that stands above Tungabhadra river, and makes a great spot for bird-watching (or photographing visiting otters). Treks to the nearby waterfall, bonfire nights and sunsets atop the surrounding boulders will make good the absence of a TV.
Rs 16,000 per night; Hampisboulders.com