Kariappa House
Kariappa House, Pillayar Koil Street, Vaithikuppam, Puducherry, India
Kariappa House

In the tradition of old sprawling joint family homes, Kariappa House also has different apartments and buildings that flow into one another. It is a cluster of interconnected houses in a half acre land, interspersed with tropical gardens and courtyards and a covered swimming pool.

We spent 5 years restoring and re-creating all the houses in a mix of traditional and contemporary styles which resonated with us and used natural material like wood and stone and lime. The interiors have been furnished with antique furniture, rich Indian textiles, locally made pieces of ceramic and art.

Two of the structures are restored Tamil Houses, the main house is re-created in a typical Franco-tamil style and the more contemporary 1970s addition has been modified into a bungalow which is called MANTRA.

Luscious tropical gardens, water bodies, courtyards and a lap pool create fluid space around the houses, giving sufficient privacy to each.

The family does not live here full time and hence most of the houses/rooms are now unoccupied. Some areas are retained as private quarters.


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We love old Franco-tamil architecture and both our homes in Pondicherry are true representations of same.

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Reviews and Location
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

An oasis of peace and good taste in a beautiful and nicely decorated colonial house
by lorellac321 on 02/23/2023

The house is just wonderful. Not only the nice architecture and fine decoration, but also the well maintained garden and patio and the unique covered swimming pool. Staff is extremely friendly and...

Best year of my life!
by whendidIfillthis on 02/16/2023

I lived in kariappa house for ten months (June 2021-March 2022). It was the best year of my adult life until now. Ramji and Kakoli became family and I got a healthy mix of both socialising and rest...

A feeling of being at home
by AnneliekeLaninga on 02/16/2023

Kariappa House has a very personal touch in the way it is managed. The team made me feel at home. Daily "kaise ho" greetings by Ramji brought a smile on my face. I enjoyed staying in the old...

Nearest Airport : Pondicherry Airport (6km, 20 mins). More common is Chennai Intl Airport (MAA) 150km approx 3 hours.
Nearest Railway Station : Puducherry Railway Station (3km, 15mins)

Cancellation Policy:
  • More than 45 days from Check-In: 0% Penalty, Full Refund*
  • All Refunds listed below exclude any transaction charges or taxes already paid on the transaction as those are irrecoverable by us.
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