Pondicherry, India

A place like home

In the heart of Pondicherry’s Tamil Quarter, Maison Perumal is an 18th century home which exudes a legacy that reflects the French colonial aura within the seaside town. Built by a member of one of the prosperous Tamil communities, it has been restored to its former glory with a ‘less-is-more’ philosophy incorporating minimalistic interiors and with attention to detail & reflecting its special heritage.

As a boutique property & member of the CGH earth experience hotels, it has just ten rooms, all air-conditioned and decorated with antique furniture, red oxide and terracotta flooring. Balconies & the courtyard at the property feature stained glass and the familiar white plaster of local houses creates a distinct identity.

Pondicherry boasts a fabulous range of restaurants and cafes and the hotel too offers exquisite dining with locally grown produce incorporating their pledge to foster the unique culinary preparations of the different regions where CGH is located.

Pondicherry is defined by its French and Tamil quarters, separated by a canal, which are distinctly different but equally fascinating. The best way to explore is on foot or by hiring a rickshaw, travelling down manicured avenues and past restored mansions,  stopping at spiritual sites, markets and art galleries.

Enjoy a stay at Maison Perumal—where to be a guest in a gracious Tamil home was traditionally considered an honorary experience of the very high kind.

You will love

  • Feel like at home
  • Tamil heritage
  • Simplicity & elegance
  • Exploring by rickshaw


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