I rented a studio apartment for a month in north goa over christmas and new year on the mapusa calangate rd. The land lady was lovely and helpful (though only basic english) and the location perfect as i was in a very good place to explore north goa and only a bus ride from the beach! The month cost me 15,000 or around 500 a day.
Im really wanting to do something similar in south india but am unsure of a nice (varied) place and also of the usual cost of renting as my house was to big for me (2 double beds) and was over the peak season!
any advice would be most welcome matt