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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you wish to experience the charm of living in a chettinad style house in a village setting - this is a great way to do it Arun the manager is very knowledgeable and helpful. The staff great. The home cooked meals fabulous. There is a temple nearby within walking distance. You need a vehicle if you want to travel...

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Hyderabad, India
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a one of its kind experience for me. Set off in a small village near Nagapattinam, this is an old house refurbished to meet the needs & comforts of an urban traveller, while retaining the essential structure & feel in a pristine form. The facilities a very comfortable. The staff is more than accommodative and friendly. The place...

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Duding independence day weekend last week, we decided to do a pilgrimage tour of Tamilnadu. We just winged it from Chennai at the last minute but were lucky enough to get reservations at this heritage home. Its an absolutely wonderful property set in a picturesque location; the homestay faces a beautiful historic temple surrounded by a massive pond and the...

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Chennai (Madras), India
Reviewed 24 June 2016

We stayed 2 nights in peak summer....a welcome place to stay at..bright and yet so homely. The staff there are most accommodating and good (vegetarian) was to die for...cooked so fresh, the taste of the Veges would pop in your mouth. I was most eager to kidnap the cooks ( joke ) . The connectivity issue is bad but that...

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Chennai (Madras), India
Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

Visited the Mangala Heritage Home with my family early September. Really impressed with the ambience and the staff. We wanted to have a couple days of rest and relaxation. This is a great place for that. And the food, while vegetarian was amazing. But the best part is the care taker, Arun. He was always around, kept my 6 year...

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 July 2015

Our family of five stayed for two nights in this superbly-constructed, designed and maintained property. I list below what I thought were the pros and cons associated with this property. Pros: 1. Construction and Maintenance - Absolutely fantastic, and especially great for the city dwellers that have dreamt of enjoying a true village experience. The house reminds one of the...

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Reviewed 11 March 2015

A wonderfully restored heritage home. This lovely place has been painstakingly rejuvenated with the old world charm that the entire neighbourhood reeks of. We had fresh and delicious Tamil lunch here and carried on for an adda session for several hours afterwards. The place just called for it. Warm and cozy it demands that you let all your worries and...

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Bengaluru, India
Reviewed 30 August 2014

This is an ideal place to experience a typical Thiruvarur region experience. Homely food and wonderful care taken by the staff. Plan for a 2nights of more visit. Lots of place to see and relax. It is relaxing and rejuvenating. Sivasankaran & Santhi

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Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Very good place where warm welcome and hospitality are certain, with a beautiful authenticity... We CAN enjoy the central place with a cup of tea and sweets ... I want to hâve this kind if design in my future house! Thanks for all.

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New Delhi, India
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Went here with a set of friends recently. Place is ideal for travelers in and around tanjore , tranquebar or karaikal. Also, falls on the way (small detour) if u are headed all the way south to kanyakumari from chennai. Good place to halt for the night in that case. What it offers: Its set in a village of 800...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Mangala Rural Retreat is a simple, traditional home in the small town of Tirupugalur, situated on the outskirts of Nagapattinam District, rich in agricultural beauty, green waves of grain, tamarind-lined roads and cool, dark temple tanks.Ranvir Shah, who runs the Prakriti Foundation in Chennai, stumbled upon the place when looking for a house that could accommodate scholars and others exploring the magnificent Thyagarajaswamy Temple in Thiruvarur. Once he bought, he was clear as to what it would become - a place where travelers could experience Tamil village life.Mangala has had the benefit of impeccable design inputs from cultural heavyweight, Shanta Guhan and architect, Benny Kuriakose, famous for his work at Dakshinachitra. The home has 5 a/c rooms - 4 en suite doubles and 1 without attached bath. The bedrooms are well equipped, inviting and meet the high expectations of the discerning traveler. The rooms painted in the fearless, yet serene colours of the countryside. The floors are of red oxide, stone and terracotta tiles. The bathrooms have hand-beaten brass washbins crafted in Pune and locally sourced brass taps and pipes and is equipped with all the modern amenities.The courtyards are painted in the colours of the sun and the sky and are embellished with glossy, tapered wooden pillars.The common dining area is situated to one side of the larger courtyard. Home style, vegetarian food is traditionally served on the banana leaf.Arun manages the home and provides the meals. He lives just three doors away and is always on call. ... more   less 

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Address: Meda Mada Villagam Street | Thirupugalur Village, Nagapattinam 609001, India (Formerly Mangala Heritage Home)
Region: India > Tamil Nadu > Nagapattinam
Price Range: $80 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“All are good”
 of 5 bubbles utt17, 24 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The first half is the quintessential 100 yr old structure. The 2nd half is recently built. Ask for the older half for the true experience. Both have 2 rooms each I think.”
 of 5 bubbles Nachikul, 17 Aug 2014 | Read review
“The rooms in the front part of the house might be less noisy than the ones behind, especially when you are traveling during festive times.”
 of 5 bubbles Visvapriya, 18 May 2014 | Read review
“Ask for rooms with ensuite bathrooms.”
 of 5 bubbles madrascheck2, 16 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Choose the older room to experience heritage.”
 of 5 bubbles Kaataan, 11 Oct 2013 | Read review
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