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Thirupugalur | Tamil Nadu

Maximum occupancy 12 guests |
Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4

  • Individual rooms can be booked

  • Pet friendly

  • Breakfast & dinner included

  • High speed Wi-Fi

  • 100% Power back up

  • Daily housekeeping & full-time cook

  • Transportation services

  • Curated tours of the region

  • Dedicated concierge service

  • Luxurious amenities

  • Utilities included

From Rs 6,500 - 8,500  per night per room





Experience the secret heart of Tamil Nadu at Mangala, a small, beautifully restored 4-bedroom village home in the hamlet of Thirupugalur, 2 hours east of Tanjore.

Buoyed by bold colours and contextual elements, the four bedrooms provide intimate spaces to retreat within. Outside, the two courtyards and the wide running thinnai (front verandah) allow you to commune as individual travellers or as a family group. Mangala can be booked on an individual room basis or as a whole house for small groups. 





Mangala is a 100-year-old Brahmin house that formed part of the fabric of the communities who lived in the immediate vicinity of the stunning Agneeswara Temple. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has a unique U-shaped moat-like tank that wraps itself around it. The layout of the streets and houses follows the classical tradition with an inner & outer square grid.

The original owners built their house on the inner grid in a prime location on the western side of the tank. With nothing but a water body separating the temple from the house, the first rays of the sun were blessed by the god of fire, before bathing the house and its occupants in its warmth and light.

Over the decades, the house changed hands. It had been abandoned for a long time and had run to utter neglect. In 2008, with the help of conservation architect Benny Kuriakose, the design inputs of Shanta Guhan and the skill of the local workforce the home was restored over a period of two years.

It initially opened in 2016 as a rural retreat welcoming travellers from around the world to experience the region with its great traditions in art, craft, and music. Today, after an extensive renovation, it reopens its doors to welcome travellers once again.




  • Sleeps 12 guests including adults & children

  • Four Bedrooms with ensuite baths

  • 2 Standard Rooms - king bed

  • 2 Superior Rooms - king bed

  • Standard rooms have thinnais for extra guests

  • Superior rooms have an extra single bed

  • Front thinnai (verandah) with floor seating & fans

  • Front courtyard with swing-seating

  • AC indoor lounge adjacent to first courtyard

  • Second courtyard with open space

  • Dining area & lounge


  • Daily housekeeping services

  • Two meals included comprising daily breakfast plus dinner. Lunch offered at an extra charge

  • All meals are authentic local cuisine of the region

  • All meals are vegetarian. Eggs to order

  • We have daily set menus for all meals which are advised in advance

  • Complimentary tea & coffee service throughout your stay

  • High quality bed & bath linen

  • Luxury bath amenities by Inara (Forest Essentials)

  • Individual air-conditioners in all rooms

  • Broadband Wi-Fi throughout the house

  • 100% power back up with voltage stabilisation

  • Laundry service at an extra charge with 24 hours  turnaround. Iron & Ironing Board available

  • Bicycles and self-guided trail maps

  • Guided walks, cycling tours, local experiences & day trips offered at extra charge

  • Transportation services

  • LUX Concierge services



  • Visit the Agneeswarar Temple located across from Mangala, with its unique Vaastu tradition.

  • The highlight of Mangala - a guided tour of the Devasiriya Mandapam at the Thyagaraja Temple. See the stunning Muckunda ceiling murals restored by INTACH with the support of the Prakriti Foundation. Witness daily evening rituals at the Thyagaraja Temple in Thiruvarur and listen to some of the world’s most unique musical instruments being played.

  • Take a guided village walk in the afternoon in the environs of Mangala.

  • Use Mangala’s bicycles and explore the quiet countryside around Thirupugalur on your own. Guided bicycle rides on request.

  • Meet the craftsmen behind the magnificent temple chariots (Vahanas) that are an intimate part of all temple festivals.

  • For the deeply spiritual or curious, immerse yourself into the important temples at Mannargudi, Sikkil, Thirunallar, and Keevalur.

  • Take the half day trip to Kumbakonam to explore the UNESCO Site of Darasuram. Learn all about degree coffee, get comatose on banana leaf lunches, and wander through the bronze makers workshops in Swamimalai.

  • Make a half-day exploration of Tranquebar, the former Danish colony on the Bay of Bengal.

  • Visit the 15th century Nagore Dargah that welcomes all faiths. Witness evening Sufi concerts. Equally close is Velankanni, one of India’s most important Christian sites in India.

  • For birders, you can spend the day at the Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Do a full day tour of the Brihadeeswara Temple and other sites in Tanjore.



  • Thiruvarur, Karaikal, Nagore: 40 mins

  • Tranquebar, Sikkil: 45 mins

  • Kumbakonam, Velankanni: 60 mins

  • Mannargudi: 90 mins

  • Thanjavur, Point Calimere: 2 hrs

  • Tranquebar, Sikkil: 45 mins

  • Kumbakonam, Velankanni: 60 mins

  • Mannargudi: 90 mins

  • Thanjavur, Point Calimere: 2 hrs

  • Chettinad: 3.5 hrs

  • Pondicherry: 4 hrs

  • Madurai: 5 hrs

  • Tiruchirappalli Airport & Station: 3 hrs

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