Maison Perumal

Location: Pondicherry

Tamil Quarter of Pondicherry

Maison Perumal is located in the Tamil Quarter of Pondicherry, a place where cultures meet and mingle giving birth to exceptional architectural and social hybrids. It is to this resurrected space that transcends time that we invite you.

From ₹10,400 per room per night


Pondicherry is a melting pot of colonial history and native heritage. Amidst its French architectural wonders, lies the Tamil quarters. Where you find Maison Perumal – a vivid homage to the Tamil heritage of the town.

At the family mansion, every day is a festival of colours. Experience the charm of history and the warmth of hospitality extended by a small team of caretakers who love to make you feel at home.


Housed in a 130-year-old Chettiar mansion, Maison Perumal captures a time when the prosperous Tamil communities thrived in Pondicherry. The structure used to house the Registrar Office, and has been meticulously restored to its original glory by INTACH. Its architectural character is deeply rooted in Tamil culture, with a whiff of French colonial influences.


The minimalistic decor of Maison Perumal’s interiors celebrate a synergy of the two cultures of the town. Multiple courtyards with wooden columns, along with the intricate doorway and ‘thinnai’ showcase the Tamil heritage. While high ceilings, tall wooden doors, arched windows, the stained-glass detailing and colonial furniture is a throwback to French influences.


Go on a culinary journey with our masterchef to the Goubert Market. A heady mix of spices, colours and noise greet you as you walk through the market. Handpick fresh produce and return to witness a live demo of local delicacies being prepared.


The gourmet Tamil cuisine is prepared with traditional recipes, using fresh local produce and features the catch of the day. Savour a culinary experience that will take your taste buds on a journey. The informal dining area too is tastefully done up, and doubles as an exhibition gallery for local artists. Get in the right spirits at our quaint, colonial-themed bar.


Pondicherry is home to a vibrant community of contemporary artists.

You can experience their work first-hand as you tour the town and come across artisans, weavers and craftsmen. The streets are lined with cafés, art galleries and boutique shops where you can shop for souvenirs to take home. At Maison Perumal, we support local artists by providing them a platform to showcase and promote their work.


The best way to explore the town is the time-tested way – on a cycle rickshaw. As part of our endeavor of supporting the local community, we arrange cycle rickshaw rides to traverse through the bylanes of Pondicherry. The rickshawallahs themselves are a treasure-trove of stories. With the wind in your hair, and immersive anecdotes for company, you will experience Pondicherry like never before. Hop on to the ride of your life.


The French and Tamil quarters of Pondicherry offer a myriad blend of cultures. Experience the vibrant coming together of east and west when you travel across town. Or discover its heritage with INTACH organised tours. A short drive away is Auroville, the universal town designed by architect Roger Anger, where citizens of the world live in harmony. Experience the tranquility of the Matrimandir and learn more about the global community as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa.

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Amenities and Services:

To be a guest in a gracious Tamil home was once an honoring experience of a very high kind. In those traditional times, a guest was perceived as a member of the household and treated indulgently. It is this special experience that we have successfully recreated at Maison Perumal. Put simply, we’re a family. And that’s how we make you feel. So welcome to a simple and relaxed way of life that echoes the elegant guest traditions of Tamil Nadu with a gentle French accent, which together make for a truly ennobling experience.

  • Check-in at 2 pm and Check-out at 11 am

  • Television

  • Hairdryer

  • Tea / Coffee Maker

  • Glass Bottled Packaged Drinking Water

  • Safe Deposit Locker

  • Hot and Cold Water

  • WiFi (Complimentary)

  • Air Conditioned Rooms

  • Laundry Service



All our rooms are of quiet elegance. Two of them are twin rooms. The rooms are air-conditioned and well decorated with antique furniture and red oxide and terracotta flooring. Every room has a TV. The large beds are comfortable and have cozy bed linen. The rooms have an attached bathroom with hot/cold water and necessary bathroom toiletries.


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