Pondicherry accommodation - Maison Perumal

Maison Perumal

The Tamil Quarter in Pondicherry is frequently overlooked but Maison Perumal is reason enough to spend some time here.

There is little to suggest that Maison Perumal isn’t still the home of someone with considerable wealth and even more good taste but it took over a year to restore the building and transform it into a small hotel that celebrates its Franco-Tamil heritage. There are 10 guest rooms situated around a fragrant courtyard, its floor an old world polished red oxide and stained glass windows send colours dancing over the white washed walls. The rooms themselves are simple but stylish, fairly small and uncluttered but with attention to detail and the usual hint to the CGHEarth group’s commitment to eco-tourism. In the ensuite shower room (no bath) the traditional neem soap is handmade at nearby Auroville, shampoo is contained in beautiful old ceramic pickle jars and slippers are presented in bags made from newspaper.

A limited choice of dishes are served in the courtyard and garden but you can be sure that everything came fresh from the market or the sea the same day - the kitchen is in the same old-world style and there is no freezer. If you fancy something different to eat, like many of Pondicherry’s attractions, there are other restaurants within walking distance.

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