The Bangala

This delightful little heritage hotel sits in the heart of the town of Karaikudi, in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu.


The Bangala is a charming little hotel, famous for its exceptional cuisine and historic, family history. 

The Bangala has 21 simple but charming rooms scattered all around a rambling building which is made up of various wings and annexes. The rooms centre around a central garden, looked upon by an open sided dining room which offers up unbelievably delicious and world famous Chettinad cuisine. The garden then leads through to a very pretty swimming pool in a walled garden which, in turn, leads into a lovely, peaceful, leafy vegetable garden which is a treat to stroll through seeing all the produce that one is about to consume growing in gloriously organic surroundings.

There are airy verandahs and winding corridors and spacious roof tops and the ‘club atmosphere’ of old still permeates the premises. It’s wonderful to be able to walk out into the bustling market square without having to get in a car, and to explore the fabulous antique shops and fascinating architecture of the area.

The Bangala is run as a household and a home, rather than as a formal hotel. A guest immediately feels welcome and involved in their ambition to reveal the region’s secrets to you and it is a treat to stay here.


Karaikudi is a small town in the Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu. It is the ideal stopover between Trichy or Tanjore and Madurai.


  • Dip your toes or take a full plunge at the swimming pool in the garden area.
  • Surrender yourself at the Spa and step out a new you.
  • Gymnasium
  • Step into the kitchen for a quick cooking demo or schedule an elaborate culinary demo.
  • Visit the local markets and old mansions

Why we like it

A totally authentic, "old school" experience.

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