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.
by AshishKhandelia on 04/09/2022
We stayed here in a studio apartment. Once you are inside the home compound, its a different place, serene with an old world charm. If you are looking for place to wind-down and enjoy Pondicherry...
by shrtyagi on 04/02/2022
I can only try to describe it in proper words. But to be exact: it felt like..no it IS home, a beautiful home where you wake up to such peaceful mornings trying to find what bird is making that...
by Discover18592208133 on 03/31/2022
There are no words who can explain the true uniqueness and awesomeness of Kariappa house at every level. 1. The house. It’s unique. It wraps itself around you and if you are of the right type for...