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The Bangala

Devakottai Road | Senjai, Karaikudi, India
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Karaikudi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saussy Concord, Massachusetts
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Concord, Massachusetts
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mansion is lovely with an open-air restaurant, a well-tended garden, and a great swimming pool. I am not a "sunner," so it was with great excitement that I found poolside chaise in the shade. Of course, there are places in the sun too. It's the shade that's difficult to find. The room was spacious and clean. The shower was... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I stayed two nights here during a week trip across Tamil Nadu. The rooms were clean and neat but the real treat was the staff. We were immediately treated like an honored family guest and that feeling continued until we left. I recommend taking advantage of the staffs knowledge of the area. We hired a half day... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My friend and I spent two nights at The Bangala.It has been so far the most wondeful hotel experience of our two week Southern India tour.The food is out of this world.lots of old world charm and the staff is excellent...friendly and helpful.The manageress could not have been nicer to us always asking how everything was.I would recommend this place... More

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Booked in advance and we were not dissapointed. The main house, grounds,swimming pool and restaurant were a delight. Our room was characterful and well appointed on the first floor. Noise early in the morning from the mosque was disturbing. We wondered why ear plugs were provided! The food in the restaurant was superb and all that we expected. However we... More

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Surrey, UK
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51 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We spent two nights at the Bangla in January 2014 as part of a 30 day tour of South India. Although it is a characterful hotel, it suffers from noise, particularly from the street and nearby mosque where the electronically amplified call to prayers starts around 05.25. Many of the other hotels in the area appear to suffer from similar... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Tasteful and elegant - the Bangala is everything it promises to be. The staff is well trained and perhaps their lack of English skills may seem abrupt to non Indians. But they are pleasant, respectful, and efficient. Our room in the old wing was a bit noisy in the morning - but we were prepared to forgive them that as... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Feted by the New York Times The Bangala is justly popular with American, French and British tourists. It is in Karaikudi, a small Chettinad town, and is celebrated for its authentic Chettinad cuisine. The owner, Ms Meenakshi, is a Chettinad Elizabeth David. Unusually for an Indian hotel, The Bangala is managed by a family of women under the rather imperious... More

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Pune, India
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20 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights, were welcomed and looked after like returning prodigal grandchildren by Mrs. Meyappan (the owner) and her managress Mrs. George! A beautiful property, with good parking, easy check in and out...the room we had was old world charm personified, just what you would look for in chettinad! Standards of cleanliness, guest care and ambience were... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

The city of Karaikudi is a little off the beaten path but however far off it is, a stay at the Bangala is well worth the detour. The food is sensational, the service couldn't be better and the rooms are wonderful. Lots of outlets, lots of light, quiet AC--or fans, if you prefer. It has the feel of a family-run... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Arriving at The Bangala Hotel is like being received by family members you haven't seen in a while. Warm, kind and attentive to the needs of travelers the staff couldn't have been more inviting and helpful. Mrs. Menakshi Meyappan oversees every detail of the operations with the able assistance of her long time staff. Her chef who has been with... More

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Also Known As:
The Bangala Hotel
The Bangala Hotel Karaikudi
Bangala Hotel Karaikudi
Address: Devakottai Road | Senjai, Karaikudi, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Karaikudi
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Karaikudi
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bangala is a heritage hotel in Karaikudi, the heart of Chettinad. Now in its 12th year, it is renowned for its local cuisine and warm hospitality. All rooms are air conditioned and with attached bathrooms. Amenities include a swimming pool, gym, massage center , library, cycling, etc. Chettinad is a small area accessible from Madurai, Trichy, Tanjore and Rameswaram. It is the homeland of a Nattukottai Chettiar community, a community that made huge fortunes in south east Asia during colonial rule. These fortunes were used to build amazing mansions over the past 200 years, that evolved in style and scale, and needs to be seen to be appreciated. It is a little known destination but should not be missed. ... more   less 
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