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The Bangala

Devakottai Road Senjai, Karaikudi, Karaikudi Taluk 630001 India
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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.
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SunnyandBuster wrote a review 23 Feb
Seattle, Washington781 contributions220 helpful votes
This is a family run hotel which was a family residence for many years before being converted to a hotel. We had a total of three rooms, and they were all together with a beautiful, shared verandah. It was lovely to sit out on the verandah and listen to the birds and read and have tea. A very pleasant experience. The rooms where well appointed and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. They even provided a tube of Odomos cream to repel the inevitable mosquitos though we didn't see a lot of them. The most impressive part of our experience there was the Chettinad cuisine and the marvelous and attentive dining staff. The team in the dining room was thoughtful, attentive and well coordinated as they brought out the various dishes. One member of our party has an unusual and serious food allergy and the head man in the dining room was outstanding in his attention to this detail. The food was delicious and worth a stop even if you aren't staying the night.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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C G Raghu wrote a review Jan 2024
Kochi (Cochin), India12 contributions19 helpful votes
Check in (21 11 2023) was fairly hassle free and we were allowed an early Check in. The erstwhile guesthouse of a traditional Chettiar family, the MSMM group, has been thoroughly refurbished maintaining the traditional ambience and feel. The exotic hotel has an excellent outdoor pool and unique rooms with the traditional feel, well maintained, very clean and with all the necessary modern facilities. Check out (23 11 2023) was extremely quick and smooth, with friendly, helpful staff. The manager Mr Yakub George was also very friendly and professional, ensuring an efficient work flow Exquisite, homely Chettinad cuisine served traditionally on banana leaves(lunch) and plates(breakfast and dinner). Delectable non vegetarian as well as vegetarian cuisine. Outstanding service in the dining area where Muthu and Sukumar deserve special mention for their excellence. Thank you, all staff @The Bangala
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jasmine S wrote a review Jan 2024
Sydney, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic stay, unique hotel, excellent service and helpful staff, big lovely rooms, and delicious food. We loved lounging by the pool. We stayed for one night to break up the drive from Thanjavur to Madurai, to visit the chettinadu mansions, and to experience chettinadu cuisine. Definitely stay here!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tommy G. wrote a review Dec 2023
Brooklyn, New York10 contributions5 helpful votes
We had such a unique and amazing experience at the Bangala! There is no better place to truly feel steeped in the heritage of Chettinad and all of the things that make this part of Tamil Nadu and India so special. Our cooking class experience was out of this world - we worked with the chefs to learn how to make several Chettiar specialties, and they did such a great job of explaining all the nuances to us. Afterwards, we got to enjoy our cooking as well as even more dishes at a banana leaf lunch. Would highly recommend to anyone who is curious about this special regional cuisine and would like to learn from the best!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Arthi Ramesh wrote a review Dec 2023
Chennai (Madras), India5 contributions
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I didn’t know the room we would be allotted would be on the first floor, with only stairways. My 78 yo mom found this difficult. They couldn’t allot us a triple occupancy on the ground floor. They gave us two rooms instead. Somehow the reason they gave us was not justified.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ashok A wrote a review Dec 2023
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I had 2 BIG problems during my stay at the Bangala, which is why I would never return and I would never recommend to anyone else 1) Terrible Service from George the Manager and Staff The service is very impersonal and hierarchal. It is very clear that they do not treat all customers the same. If you are a "VIP" or a "foreigner", you are given preferential treatment in the form of better rooms, better seating at the restaurant, faster service, and more polite customer care. If you are a normal local Indian, you are barely acknowledged. However, interestingly, they are still happy to charge both the same price. And this all starts with the manager, George. He is rude, unhelpful, biased, and money-oriented. When I arrived with my family, he didn't even acknowledge us. He didn't say hello, he didn't smile at us - we were just ignored. However, about 15 minutes after, a French group came into the hotel, and he immediately jumped out of his seat to greet them with a huge smile, escort them into the hotel, seat them at the restaurant, and make sure they had everything they needed. I saw this happening more than 5 times during my 2 day stay at the hotel 2) They Loaded My Suitcase (with extremely valuable items) Into the Wrong Car! When I was checking out, multiple service men asked if they could take my suitcase. I clearly said "No", as I like to hold on to my luggage myself (I only had one suitcase) as a form of comfort / safety. I was repeatedly asked to hand my luggage over. After the 8th person asked me, I reluctantly relented. When I get to my car, I don't see the suitcase inside. I find out that the serviceman put my suitcase in some other random car which was just about to leave! I literally sprinted to stop the car and get my suitcase out! This was a huge error, because I was traveling for a wedding, so I had expensive jewelry in my suitcase. When I asked George how this could happen, I didn't even get an apology. He just stared blankly at me and mumbled something.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Rohan M wrote a review Dec 2023
Bengaluru, India19 contributions3 helpful votes
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I selected Karaikudi as a transit to Rameswaram and I thought it will be a sleepy town with some decent stay options. Sleep town it was, but The Bangala was a surprise, like an oasis in a desert. The experience was fantastic with warm hospitality, beautiful property, food, and overall, showing the character of the place in Chettinad region. It was a very relaxing stay and will definitely want to be back to The Bangala.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Uli P wrote a review Nov 2023
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After a busy day of sightseeing it’s a wonderful place to relax. Spacious room, beautiful pool area and garden, very good food in the restaurant. Friendly staff that makes you feel at home and enjoy your stay.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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mallikajamy wrote a review Oct 2023
India43 contributions8 helpful votes
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My second visit to Chettinad and will surely visit again especially for the cuisine. After a night travel from Bengaluru we all woke up like bobble heads admiring the place we will stay for the next 2 nights. Happy faces, warm welcome and straight to the garden for our morning dose of fresh brewed filter coffee....Heaven. A small round of introduction and straight to our rooms and what can I say so spacious and well decorated with painting , handicrafts and the famous attangudi tiles. The Bangala is known for its food and has been nominated for many awards and has won a few too. You have to experience it , as food is served on a banana leaf with small portions of dishes served one after the other. My favourite was the crab curry and a mango dish more like a jam or pickle, you have to taste it. What can we do at The Bangala? A morning dip in the swimming pool, a cup of tea or coffee in the garden, pick up a book from the Library and head to the veranda to enjoy the morning sun. Story telling by Annapurna ma'am also known as Achi to the youngest. (Library books once taken should be returned. They also have a beautiful collection of coffee table books on Chettinad history, culture). If you looking for pure relaxation of body and mind then The Bangala is the place to be.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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anandvb2005 wrote a review Aug 2023
Bengaluru, India9 contributions1 helpful vote
I had booked a room at the Bangala from 8-10 August on 9th July but due to other commitments had to cancel the plan on 20th July. The cancellation policy clearly states that ‘cancellation is free 7 days prior to arrival’. But the management deducted 5% of the total amount. Did not receive a reply when I wrote to them. Highly unethical. Wouldn’t recommend or visit this place in the future.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bangala
Which popular attractions are close to The Bangala?
Nearby attractions include Shri Sai Paani Baba Temple (2.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bangala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Bangala?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bangala?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bangala?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bangala, Fusion Bistro, and Hotel Annapoorna.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bangala?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Bangala?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bangala?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chettinad (12.9 km) and Chettiar Mansion (11.7 km).
Is The Bangala accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.