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“Very nice and comfy stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Meda Mada Villagam Street | Thirupugalur Village, Nagapattinam, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Nagapattinam B&B and Inns
Chennai
1 review
“Very nice and comfy stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Well placed, remote but still have access to modern services. Mouth watering vegetarian food, excellent hospitality services.

Will definitely visit again. Nice village style cooked food. Easy access from the train station. Good collection of books.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bangalore
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a spectacular property overlooking the ancient Thirupugalur temple near Thiruvarur. For those who do not know, Thiruvarur is one of the most ancient Hindu temples in India. As with other places and towns of religious value to Hindus, the democratic governments of India have complete apathy to these towns and have absolutely no tourist infrastructure. This is despite millions visiting these temples every year. Mangala Heritage Home is an oasis in this infrastructure desert. It overlooks the magnificienly beautiful Thirupugalur temple and do get up early to see the run rise behind the temple Vimanam (tower).

Tastfully rennovated, this heritage house has two wings. The older wing is in the front and the newer extension in the back. As with heritage architecture, the house has a central courtyard around which there are living areas. There are four rooms with attached bathrooms and one room without bathroom facility. Each room has airconditioning with modern beds set in an artistic and vintage background. Vintage artifacts are all over the house to see and enjoy.

The manager, Arun, is a very reliable, helpful, and resourceful man. He is almost a one man army. He has two helpers who help him with the kitchen work and cleaning. Nevertheless, he delivers whatever you desire; well, almost.

The food is cooked in house and to order. They serve vegetarian meals that are very tasty. However, you need to let them know ahead of time.

Thirupugalur has a very interesting past. This is the location where the great saint ThiruNavvukuArasar (the holy one who is master of his divine tongue) attained Samadhi in the late 600s. A couple of centuries later, another saint Sundaramurthy Nayanar visited this area but did not come into the town as this is holy ground that houses the Samadhi of NavvukuArasar. At night, as he sleeps in a traveller's bungalow, an old man accidentally kicks him on the head. Sundaramurthy wakes up to chide the intruder but finds a very old man who is struggling to find his way around. He asks the old man to sleep in his place and goes to a different location. Sometime later, the old man comes there to kick him on his head again. Sundaramurthy wakes up angry and demands the meaning for hounding him in such a foul manner. At this, the old man stands straight and disappears saying "Don't you still recognize me?" Story goes that it was Shiva who appeared to bless Sundaramurthy and recognize his honoring of ThiruNavvukkuArasar.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were travelling to Vellankanni on our annual pilgrimage and since it was the a long weekend (Friday being off due to Ramadan) all decent hotels I enquired in Vellankanni were fully booked , on searching the net I found this place and decided to give it a try. It turned out to be one unique experience and we all really loved it. The place is well kept and gives you an authentic traditional home stay feel. I was travelling with my full family (Wife ,kid, parents and maid servant) and we were taken care of very well by the staff.

Pro's - 1. Authentic village home stay experience 2. Overlooks a huge temple and pond (which was dry) 3. In the middle of Tamil rural land. 4. Well kept property , modern amenities available like A/c , iron , microwave. 5. Ideal for families travelling with kids , large veranda for children to play around and big dining area. 6. Food is cooked by a local cook as was tasty and in generous proportions (breakfast is complimentary , lunch and dinner costs 300 per person for a thali meal , didn't try it but it should be good as the breakfast was simply mind-blowing 7 Caretaker Mr. Arun does a great job and is friendly and always ready to help and guide. 8. !00 % Powerback up is available 9. Hot water and kitchen available for use if required.

Con's - 1. Peak season rate of 5000+ is a bit too high 2. While the property is well maintained , the surroundings are dirty and littered 3. No cots , you need to sleep on mattresses on the ground which might be difficult for old people. 4. Middle of nowhere 5. No TV

Overall a good place to stay for a village home experience and if you want to spend time doing nothing. Will come back again..

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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new delhi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My family and I stayed at Mangala on Dec 27, 28. We were recommended this place as I wanted us to experience a village setting. We reached Mangala at 4 pm without having lunch and without a warning to Arun as we didn't find anything suitable on the way before it was too late. Arun dashed off to the market and within 30 minutes had Ms Mani whip up a fancy vegetarian lunch...probably the best lunch we had in our 10 days in Tamil Nadu. The location for Mangala is beautiful. In the middle of a small village, it opens up to the Temple with a large lake in between. The rooms are decorated very tastefully. We were the only visitors this time and we had the place to ourselves. The most important part is that the kids also loved the experience and the lack of any electronics made our time spent together very special. Do take the village walk which quickly takes you to the Paddy fields.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Lovingly restored with period furnishings, this quiet little gem overlooking the ancient Agneeshwar Temple in the heart of Tamil Nadu is absolutely worth a journey. We felt transported to a different time and place. Mr. Arun's careful attention to our every need and delicious home cooked food, made to order only made the stay more memorable. With centuries-old temples and the Danish fort of Tranquebar within driving distance from the Mangala, this is a great weekend getaway and I completely recommend a stay here for those looking to step back in time and march to a different pace.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed at the Mangala Resort for one night on May 25th, 2012. Got there pretty late after visiting the Tiruvarur temple. Had some problem finding the place, but Mr Arun, who is in charge of the property, very patiently guided us. Well worth the trouble though, as the place, rooms and the furnishings at the resort made up for the initial trouble in locating the place.

Well appointed rooms, very well furnished and in a traditional manner, Toilets also well appointed with interesting fixtures.Air conditioning was very good. One little hitch was that there are no cots, this makes it a little difficult for elderly people.The beds were laid out on a slightly elevated platform.

The entire place has been done up with a lot of attention and care.

Will definitely go back there when we plan our next trip.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

A Wonderful place !
Mangala is rich in culture, heritage & Natural beauty has added its value . I loved this place and will visit again...again...again !!!

Most important NO TELEVISION it was even more relaxing

Warm Regards
Sunitha Ghorpade

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Meda Mada Villagam Street | Thirupugalur Village, Nagapattinam, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Nagapattinam
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Nagapattinam
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Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mangala Heritage Home 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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