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THE BUNGALA

The Bangala, the Tamil pronunciation of "The Bungalow" is a quaint Heritage Hotel, located on the outskirts of Karaikudi in a property that was built up over the last 75 years. Now is its nineth year as a Heritage Hotel, it is the favourite of visitors to Chettinad and is gaining fame for its genuine home cooked Chettinad Food.

WHAT THE BANGALA OFFERS FOR OVERNIGHT VISITORS: Twelve comfortable, air-conditioned double bedrooms, with attached bathrooms. The tariff is for room with full board.

FOR THOSE PASSING THROUGH: Tour groups and visitors passing through Karaikudi could use The Bangala for lunches and freshening up on prior booking.

FOR EVERYBODY: Being a small family run establishment "The Bangala" offers warm hospitality, home-cooked Chettinad cuisine, the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

WHY VISIT CHETTINAD / KARAIKUDI

Karaikudi and 74 other villages comprise Chettinad, the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars. The Chettiars were a prosperous banking community who ventured overseas to do business in Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their legacies are the fascinating houses of Chettinad they built. These are houses have to be seen to be believed and this would justify a trip to Chettinad.

Just being discovered by the world, Chettinad is a rural area certain to surprise even the most discerning visitors. Apart from the houses, Karaikudi offers extensive antique shopping, weekly shandy [village market], a number of temples, visits to Craftsmen working with wood and metal, silversmiths and goldsmiths, attractive Textiles and most important the exciting Chettinad Cuisine.

Sadly this legacy is fast disappearing. Unable to maintain these houses, the houses are rapidly crumbling and are being plundered for their antique contents. We hope the development of Tourism will be an incentive for preserving this unique legacy.

Karaikudi
Proximity to Airports
Domestic : Tiruchirapalli - 90 kms(2 hours by road)
              : Madurai - 90kms (2 hours by road)
International : Chennai International Airport
Train : Overnight trains
connect Chennai with Karaikudi
Road : Chennai - 400 kms (8 hours)

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

Spend two or three nights at The Bangala and explore the Chettinad region at a leisurely pace.

Karaikudi is an ideal stopover between Thanjavur / Tiruchirapalli and Madurai. After lunch tour the houses, take in a little shopping and head out in the early evening to Madurai.

With The Bangala as a base, make day trips to Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, and Rameswaram.



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