Maison Perumal is set in the Tamil Quarter of Pondicherry, a district not often visited by tourists. It is a wonderfully restored house, offering guests the chance to experience life in an authentic noble Tamil noble home.
The restoration of the building took over eighteen months and involved many local craftsmen. The house retains original features such as stone walls and woodwork and has combined these with modern touches like air conditioning, making for a comfortable stay. There are 10 guest rooms, all simply but authentically recreated.
Lunches are a traditional blend of Tamil and Kerala cuisines bringing out the differences in flavours from these neighbouring states. Dinners are more contemporary with an emphasis on presenting fresh sea catch. There is also a separate cocktail lounge.
During the day guests can explore Pondicherry - walk though the narrow alleyways of the French Quarter and see how they compare with the Tamil. Time would be well spent at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its associated facilities and also by taking a trip to utopian Auroville and the Matri Mandir. In the evenings and early mornings guests can stroll along the seafront promenade. It's fairly convenient and probably a good idea to hire a bicycle while in Pondicherry.
Open: Maison Perumal is open all year.
Location: Maison Perumal is located on Pondicherryâ€™s Tamil Quarter. Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry) is in the state of Tamil Nadu and is about 140kms from Chennai, the nearest airport, and 300kms from Bangalore. The hotel is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants, beach and market.
Rooms: There are 10 rooms (8 doubles and 2 twin rooms). 6 rooms are on the first floor and 4 are on the second. All are air conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms stocked with toiletries. Amenities include â€˜phone, TV and Wi-Fi internet access.
Activities: Explore Pondicherry on foot or by bike, take a heritage walk in the Tamil Quarter, French Quarter or Ashram area, visit the beach and promenade, take a boat trip to see dolphins, go shopping, go horse riding in nearby Auroville. At the hotel guests can relax in the landscaped gardens.
Facilities: Maison Perumalâ€™s restaurant offers local and international dishes with a strong French influence. Meals are served in the courtyard dining area or in the gardens. The hotel has a small bar. There are verandas and 2 outdoor courtyards.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
"A great building, a lovely room and very warm staff - felt more like a homestay than a hotel. However, like the other cgh hotels, food is expensive."