Palais de Mahe

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India

At a Glance

  • Colonial style boutique hotel in Pondicherry's French Quarter

  • Lovely swimming pool with all rooms overlooking the inner courtyard

  • Dine at the hotel's fantastic rooftop restaurant

  • Palais de Mahe boasts elegant fixtures and fittings

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The climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations unlike northern India. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round in Tamil Nadu, but the best time to usually visit is from November until March. Please note that rainfall is common at any time of the year but the monsoon season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time.

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Insider's View

It is advisable to pre-book your table at the Mahe de Malabar Restaurant to ensure you enjoy the benefits of the sea breeze.

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The Palais de Mahe is located in the old French quarter of Pondicherry in India, just 50 metres the from seafront. It is a colonial style boutique hotel with just 18 rooms and is an elegant and charming option for those on a tour through Tamil Nadu.

The Palais de Mahe is actually a modern creation, restoring a part of the old corner of the French corner of Pondicherry with a pseudo-colonial facade and creating the magic of the era. It provides simple elegance at its best, and is in a perfect position to walk out and explore the many shops, restaurants or cafes. It is just a hop, skip and a jump to the seafront and the promenade. Pondy, as the locals call it, was the home of the French East India Company, and provides a wonderful fusion of Gallic style and Tamil gusto. It combines perfectly with a journey through Tamil Nadu, exploring the temples of Madurai or Tanjore, the remote village charm of Chettinadu or the hill country of the Western Ghats. In many ways, it is India's biggest secret.

The Palais de Mahe is run by CGH Earth, a hotel group that operate delightful hotels, offering amazing service and their hotels all carefully blend design elements from the local area with an appreciation of creature comforts. Palais de Mahe is a three-floor, 18 bedroom masterpiece. Walk in and find covered walkways and porticos overlooking a narrow, yet long swimming pool. Enter your room and you will first be impressed by its sheer size and tall beamed ceilings. The en-suite bathrooms have both bathtubs attached showers.

On the top floor you find the amazing open-air Mahe de Malabar restaurant. We suggest booking your table earlier in the day so you can feel the cooling sea breeze during dinner. Downstairs you find the Mahe Cafe, an ideal spot for afternoon tea before you wander through the streets of Pondicherry. There is also a small Ayurveda Centre offering treatments and a little library where you can find a book to read bedside the pool. In short, it is hard to believe Palais de Mahe is a modern recreation of a classic, and is testament to the thought put into the design.

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There are 18 rooms in total, all air-conditioned and overlooking the inner courtyard and pool. They feature dark-wood colonial style furniture and en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs. The rooms open out onto the inner, stone-floored open corridors that overlook the pool.


The hotel has a small coffee shop downstairs by the pool as well as the main Malabar de Mahe Restaurant upstairs. The is a bar, a library and a small spa.


Stroll around Pondicherry with your experienced guide and learn about the history behind this French colonial settlement in India, and how the French legacy is preserved. Pondicherry is full of many monuments which demonstrate the French influence in this once colonial town. It was until 1954 that it served as the capital of French territories in India.


  • Guided tour of the French Quarter

    Walk around the French Quarter with your guide and learn about this unique part of Pondicherry and how the French legacy is still preserved.

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Location & directions

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India

The Palais De Mahe is located just a block away from the seafront and the Bay of Bengal and is located in the old French Quarter of Pondicherry.

How to get there

Fly to Chennai (Madras) followed by a three hour drive. Pondicherry is easily combinable with Tanjore, Chettinad or a train journey from Madurai.

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