Ananda Ranga Pillai House
Ananda Ranga Pillai House
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kowie55
By kowie55
For history buffs only!
5.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2019
Ananda Rangam Pillai was an influential official in the court of the French Governor-General, Dupleix. He maintained a journal for 25 years, which gives us a good insight into life if those times; his diary is a major source of data for historians. Seen from this perspective it is a terrific 250+ year old monument. I must warn you that my rating of this biased: I gave a high rating, because it reminds me of all the local history I read. Now, if you don’t care for local history/ subaltern history, this place would be a disappointment. The house is situated in a narrow street (Ranga Poulle street ) in a crowded market. It is best to park your car somewhere in the eastern end of the street and walk the rest of the distance. Otherwise, driving and parking can turn out to be a challenge. The façade of the house is very nondescript, so unless you look carefully, you can miss the Mansion. (although it is quite large inside) Despite the historic interest, the house is not a government or publicly managed site. It is private property managed by Pillai’s descendants (9th & 10th generation). There is no official timing for visiting the place, so you need to phone the family and fix an appointment to visit. Otherwise, you will find it locked and return disappointed. We did not fix an appointment --- out of ignorance --- but due to sheer good luck, contacted a family member at the site. And she was gracious to take us around. The house is in traditional Dravidian style architecture. Interestingly, the ground floor is in pure Dravidian style, but the 1st floor has elements of French architecture. The public are allowed access to only some parts of the house, but it still takes you back in time. The whole walk around would not last beyond 15 minutes; but the walk down the street may take another 15 minutes! Yet talking to a member of an illustrious family of a bygone era is an interesting experience! If you’re a history buff, if you are interested in the French period of Indian history, then……GO FOR IT!

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kowie55
Chennai (Madras), India646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Ananda Rangam Pillai was an influential official in the court of the French Governor-General, Dupleix. He maintained a journal for 25 years, which gives us a good insight into life if those times; his diary is a major source of data for historians. Seen from this perspective it is a terrific 250+ year old monument.
I must warn you that my rating of this biased: I gave a high rating, because it reminds me of all the local history I read. Now, if you don’t care for local history/ subaltern history, this place would be a disappointment.
The house is situated in a narrow street (Ranga Poulle street ) in a crowded market. It is best to park your car somewhere in the eastern end of the street and walk the rest of the distance. Otherwise, driving and parking can turn out to be a challenge. The façade of the house is very nondescript, so unless you look carefully, you can miss the Mansion. (although it is quite large inside)
Despite the historic interest, the house is not a government or publicly managed site. It is private property managed by Pillai’s descendants (9th & 10th generation). There is no official timing for visiting the place, so you need to phone the family and fix an appointment to visit. Otherwise, you will find it locked and return disappointed. We did not fix an appointment --- out of ignorance --- but due to sheer good luck, contacted a family member at the site. And she was gracious to take us around.
The house is in traditional Dravidian style architecture. Interestingly, the ground floor is in pure Dravidian style, but the 1st floor has elements of French architecture. The public are allowed access to only some parts of the house, but it still takes you back in time. The whole walk around would not last beyond 15 minutes; but the walk down the street may take another 15 minutes! Yet talking to a member of an illustrious family of a bygone era is an interesting experience!
If you’re a history buff, if you are interested in the French period of Indian history, then……GO FOR IT!
Written 19 July 2019
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Trip25491956809
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
The Union Territory of Puducherry lists this as a place of tourist interest and if I am not mistaken, it was restored some years ago using public funds. And yet, the descendants of Ananda Ranga Pillai do not allow you to see the place. It is perpetually out of bounds, its access is horrible and there is no literature or display board on the great man at the site. Why cannot this family charge a good fee for entry if it is indeed a place of historic interest? They could use the money to run it as a museum. On the other hand they just choose to unfriendly. Avoid the place is my advice.
Written 11 November 2018
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Jeremy L
London, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
I was very glad we tracked this place down - a block East of MG road. The only house in Pondicherry to have survived British attack in 1761- and worth a quick visit.
Note it's still lived in by the same family as way back - it's not really open to the public but if someone is home they might let you in to look around the ground floor. We were very lucky to be shown around by the daughter of the house - very kind. Many thanks!
Written 18 March 2018
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Traveller G
Chennai District, India6,276 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Ananda Ranga Pillai House

====VERY DIFFICULT TO LOCATE====

Although we tried our best, we could not locate the house. But here are some information we got:

This is a personal / private property! The descendants of Ananda Ranga Pillai (who worked with Dupleix - Governor general of Pondicherry and whose DIARY could provide lot of details in 18th century). This ancient (huge) mansion is one of the oldest buildings, surviving in Pondi and still maintained well, it seems!

Said to be built in the year 1735, this building has a ground floor with typical Tamil style with a spacious courtyard with wooden pillars (Chettinad style carvings on Burmese Teak). The first floor is kept at personal level & visitors are not allowed. The terrace is said to have certain exhibits!

Even photography is not allowed, inside!

Looks like, it is worth for a person in the research field – not a Tourists’ place!

Location NOT CLEAR! But, A street with Ranga Pillai name is near M G Road; also, a review refers to Old Native Quarters – but not traceable!
Written 23 February 2018
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Eric G
Yerevan, Armenia113 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Very difficult to find this place because almost no one has heard about it. Then when you finally find it, it is closed. No opening hours and days are posted anywhere. No telephone number either. It doesn't have a website. The Office of Tourism told me that it was closed because it was a Sunday and that I should return the following day. But it was closed again on Monday. I think this place should be taken off the list here.
Written 30 January 2018
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vmtrek_travel
Igatpuri, India2,031 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Very difficult to locate as Google map directions were total out of sync.

With the help of locals and auto drivers could get the correct direction and reach the location.

Just a view from outside as the site was closed. Waste of time.
Written 9 November 2017
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Nishant K
Mumbai, India49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This ancient mansion is owned by Ananda's descendants and they are gracious enough to allow curious visitors in. The family member who received us even gave a brief history of the house and the man himself. The house is quite well kept despite it's age, the ground floor has beautiful Chettinad style carvings on Burmese Teak while the first floor is out of bounds for visitors. Keeping aside ancient forts or temples this is one of the few places with a living history and the whole thrill lies in being at such a place. Follow the instructions laid out in one of the TripAdvisor posts on how to get in; this is a place which is most certainly not on the usual Pondicherry visit trail.
Written 10 September 2017
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MARGDARSHI
Mumbai, India1,355 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Ananda Ranga Pillai house is located on a street named after him in the old `Native` quarters.This mansion is one of the oldest surviving buildings here.He was working with Dupleix Governor general of Pondicherry in the 18th century. He meticulously maintained a dairy of the events of his times which serves as a storehouse of lots of information on the 18th century goings on.

The mansion is built with a mixture of Tamil & French architectural styles.It was supposed to be a lavishly furnished stylish house but now a days it has fallen on bad times.Special permission is required to make an entry inside.
Written 17 May 2017
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Debapriya p
Kolkata (Calcutta), India304 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
its not a remarkable place to visit,house like a common one..instead of its history.if you love it then it will good one for you otherwise not.
Written 16 April 2017
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Rahul Kandoi
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Located right opposite the Grand Bazaar on Ranga Pillai Street, Ananda Ranga Pillai House is one of the oldest buildings in the town. A must-visit attraction, this house belongs to Ananda Ranga Pillai- a courtier of Joseph Francois Dupleix (former French governor of Pondicherry).

Built in the year 1735, this building flaunts a flawless blend of Asian and European architecture styles. The building's ground floor, featuring a spacious courtyard with wooden pillars, resembles a typical Tamil house. On the building's first floor, there is a terrace that exhibits European Gothic design.
Written 3 January 2017
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