The Bangala, which means bungalow in Tamil, sits on the outskirts of Karaikudi in Chettinad. The 24-room heritage hotel dates back to the 1930s; it was the local club for a wealthy Chettinad family and even today it’s brimming with character. The rooms are simple but comfortably furnished; think traditional Athangudi floor tiles, antique colonial furniture, and carved wooden beds. Some rooms are located in the main old building whereas the slightly larger rooms are in the new extended block, which has been decorated using reclaimed materials and local tiles There are plenty of nooks, verandas and beautiful gardens to relax in, as well as a wonderful crisp pool and a beautiful lounge. What makes this property so special is the authentic Chettiar hospitality and excellent home-cooked cuisine; it’s even possible to enjoy a cookery lesson run by the experienced chefs. This is the perfect place to experience the true Chettinad way of life and its location is ideal for those wanting to explore the area.