The Bangala Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Unique in culture and architecture, Chettinad offers a wonderful contrast to the temple towns of Tamil Nadu. In the quaint town of Karaikudi located in the heart of this historical region you will find the charming well established Bangala hotel. This welcoming heritage hotel is family owned and has been running for almost 100 years. The hotel has been lovingly restored and extended over time and is the perfect place to stay when looking for an authentic Chettinad experience.

The property has 25 rooms divided across the property, all of which have their own charm and character with no two exactly the same. Each has been carefully decorated, with teak and antique furniture along with a selection of fabrics and old family photographs. There is ample space around the hotel where guests can enjoy a good book in the gardens, or relax by the swimming pool. There is also a small gym on-site and yoga classes and massages can be arranged on request.

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The property has 25 rooms divided across the property, all of which have their own charm and character with no two exactly the same. Each has been carefully decorated, with teak and antique furniture along with a selection of fabrics and old family photographs. There is ample space around the hotel where guests can enjoy a good book in the gardens, or relax by the swimming pool. There is also a small gym on-site and yoga classes and massages can be arranged on request.

The Bangala is famous in the region and throughout India for having some of the best authentic home-cooked food. It truly is the ultimate destination for those wanting to experience true Chettinad cuisine, with the kitchen serving up dishes that have been passed down the family for generations. The food is usually served on a large banana leaf without cutlery which is often the way that meals are still served in homes across the state. The lavish spread can be catered to each guest’s preferences, with succulent meat dishes such as mutton fry and black peppered chicken as well as a vast array of vegetarian options (non-guests are also welcome to pop by for a set lunch). For the foodies, the chefs at the hotel can also conduct private Chettinad cuisine masterclasses and afternoon cooking demonstrations.

With it’s friendly charm and traditional hospitality, The Bangala is an excellent choice for couples and families alike when exploring the Chettinad region.

The Bengala hotel serves such beautiful Chettinad dishes that it made it onto our top 12 restaurants in India.

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