Palais De Mahé, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
Opened to guests in January 2010, the Maison Perumal is a blend of the best of French and Indian styles in this unique corner of India.
This 19th Century traditional Tamil bungalow, combines both the local styles such as the varam (street verandah) and the thinnai (veranda around the house) along with the fluted plaster and arched windows to create a true Puducherry home. With just 10 rooms, the hotel has a very cosy feel and the staff manage the place like a home away from home.
The inner garden courtyards are lined with teak columns and the spacious rooms are filled with period pieces. All of the rooms either look out over the street or internally into the two pretty courtyards. There is lots of polished wood, warm hues and stained glass windows throughout this lovingly restored home.
Maison Perumal serves the well known Creaole cuisine and local fresh seafood, which is the typical amalgamation of French and Tamil flavors. Served on the patio and the menus change daily. Expect spicy soups, fresh fish and plenty of coconut rice, not to mention the famous south Indian dosas.
Located in the Tamil quarter of Puducherry, this little-known corner of the city has lots to offer. Just a gentle walk away from the main sights of the city such as Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the seafront Promenade, you can wander the mansions that surround the area.
Pondicherry is a city with rare mix of French and Tamil cultures. Here the popular French game of Petanque is often seen being played, along with the Gendarmes who walk the streets and the wealth of local cafes serving croissants and other French fancies.
Wander along to the French Quarter and experience the sister property of Palais de Mahé to discover the other side of the city. As a slightly larger hotel you can enjoy the speciality spa and rooftop restaurant.