Fantastic place. Absolutely dirt cheap for a westerner. You really can live like a king and the locals are very glad to see you. Great place.
All the better mountains are a fair bit North of there though. There is really good bouldering at Hampi, that's about a day's travelling to the west.
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible. This I did."
--T E Lawrence.