COLOURS OF CULTURE

Maison Perumal

Maison Perumal

Pondicherry
, Tamil Nadu
, India

Housed in a 130-year-old Chettiar mansion, Maison Perumal captures a time when the prosperous Tamil communities thrived in Pondicherry. The structure used to house the Registrar Office, and has been meticulously restored to its original glory by INTACH. Its architectural character is deeply rooted in Tamil culture, with a whiff of French colonial influences.

At the family mansion, every day is a festival of colours. Experience the charm of history and the warmth of hospitality extended by a small team of caretakers who love to make you feel at home.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Heritage

Destination

Pondicherry is a melting pot of colonial history and native heritage. Amidst its French architectural wonders, lies the Tamil quarters. Where you find Maison Perumal – a vivid homage to the Tamil heritage of the town.

The French and Tamil quarters of Pondicherry offer a myriad blend of cultures. Experience the vibrant coming together of east and west when you travel across town.

Pondicherry is home to a vibrant community of contemporary artists. You can experience their work first-hand as you tour the town and come across artisans, weavers and craftsmen. The streets are lined with cafés, art galleries and boutique shops where you can shop for souvenirs to take home.

Accommodation

The minimalist decor of Maison Perumal’s interiors celebrate a synergy of the two cultures of the town. Multiple courtyards with wooden columns, along with the intricate doorway and ‘thinnai’ showcases Tamil heritage. While high ceilings, tall wooden doors, arched windows,the stained-glass detailing and colonial furniture is a throwback to French influences.

Dining

he gourmet Tamil cuisine is prepared with traditional recipes, using fresh local produce and features the catch of the day. Savour a culinary experience that will take your taste buds on a journey. The informal dining area too is tastefully done up, and doubles as an exhibition gallery for local artists. Get in the right spirits at the quaint, colonial-themed bar.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)