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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   L F Road, Kanadukathan,, Kanadukathan 630103, India
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Kanadukathan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Derwood, Maryland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully restored property, tastefully done. Huge rooms, lovely furniture and all the right touches for a couple of days spent in a semi-royal past. Relaxing and beautiful pool. The food was good overall and the terrace dining at night with a view of the train going by felt romantic to us, not particularly noisy. There was friendly service, but they... More

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London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This hotel is a gem. Our welcome was exceptional even for Indian Hotels and our stay was a joy. The hotel is in the heart of Kanadukathan, a village set out on a grid road pattern lined with massive, palatial houses of the Nattukottai Chettiars These mansions are now often left vacant, dilapidated but a few have been restored. The... More

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Hobart, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our stay was so wonderful, we did not want to leave. Check-in was very smooth and very welcoming by Ramu into the most beautiful old mansion, which has been restored with style. Our room was very large, very comfortable and very clean and cool. All food that we had was beautifully prepared and delicious, there are three restaurants . The... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I am still thinking about this place 6 months after our trip to India. It was definitely the highlite of our trip. As an architect I may overvalue the accomodations, but everything was wonderfully constructed and restored. I felt a little funny having staff waiting on us as though we are royalty. But the food and pool are outstanding. The... More

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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

You MUST MUST stay at this gorgeous, intimate, eco friendly hotel where the rooms are cool, beautifully decorated and the pool is inviting.The tour of Chettinad given by the guest relations guy Ramu was one of the most interesting we had in all of India. Chettinad has an amazing history and the palatial homes we visited were quite jaw- dropping.... More

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Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

a fairly recent palace, renovated with taste, beautiful furniture in nice big rooms. A lovely garden with a swimming pool. A professional management and staff helpful and smiling. Almost Heaven. Only downside the restaurant, good but with a very limited choice while the chettinad cuisine is one of the most varied choice of India

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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Stayed in a standard (Double) Room 201 February 8 and 9th. A wonderful,relaxing experience. Note: no television, no booze. The recently renovated house and grounds are beautiful. We found the red tiled room big and a good shower in the bathroom. A warm, familial staff were ever busy cleaning or preparing for meals. CGH Earth needs to make a much... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

We had a two night stay in this charming converted Art Deco Mansion.It is wonderful, the gardens and pool area were great and the staff especially Je-Je the manager.Our room was excellent, huge with a separate bathroom Nd dressing room. Our criticism would be the food, we were very disappointed with the selection and also the execution and as there... More

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old windsor
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

After seeing the many 5 star reviews I felt confident that we would enjoy or stay here. We have travelled all over India and stayed in a variety of accommodation from the Oberoi in Calcutta, The Taj hotels, heritage hotels similar to Visalam, small hotels, guest houses and homestays. We had decided to stay at Visalam after 3 weeks travelling... More

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12 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Imagine a beautiful house in which all the charm of art deco period has remained. Luxurious by the media used for its construction: White marble from Italy, black from Belgium, glass lanterns in Belgian Val St Lambert, teak wood from Burma.....but more than that for this Chettinad mansion cleverly converted into a 7 rooms hotel, is managed by a very... More

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Address: L F Road, Kanadukathan,, Kanadukathan 630103, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kanadukathan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Visalam 3*
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Visalam ( A CGH Earth Experience) is where you would want to go to experience a unique Tamil culture. Located in Kanadukathan village in chettinad, Visalam has many a stories to tell of the heritage, culture, food and people of this interesting tamil community, the chettiars. Stay at Visalam for that journey back in time and for that warm tamil hospitality. ... more   less 
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