• Immerse yourself in local life
  • Savour the tasty regional cuisine
  • See temples and visit markets
  • Enjoy a game of pallanguli
  • Go for a ride in a bullock cart

Open: Visalam is open all year.

Location: Visalam is in Karaikudi, part of Chettinad in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is Madurai, 90kms and a 2-hour drive away.

Rooms: The hotel has 15 rooms. All are spacious, have mod cons such as air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms combined with period furniture and locally made textiles.

Activities: The hotel offers culinary courses, sari and dhoti weaving lessons and art workshops. Staff can arrange excursions to local temples, markets, workshops and antique shops. Bullock cart rides are a popular way to explore the area. There are regular cultural evenings including music and dance. Help staff create artworks on the tiled floor using coloured rice powder known as rangoli, or make flower garlands called Poomalai. Staff can also introduce you to Pallanguli, a traditional board game.

Facilities: There is a choice of venues: the formal dining hall, the open-sided grill restaurant and cafe. There is a large outdoor swimming pool.

Dining: The main dining hall serves local Chettiar cuisine and international fare, the grill restaurant specialises in Tandoor and barbecued dishes, and the poolside café serves a range of drinks and snacks.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though there are no specific facilities or activities for children.

Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

An outstanding hotel in every way. Well trained, knowledgeable staff and lovely food served in a beautiful setting. We would thoroughly recommend a stay here to any one.

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