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Le Colonial, Fort Cochin

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Fort Cochin doesn’t have a grand hotel in the tradition of the Grand Tour of the East, but it does have a quaint little gem of a boutique heritage hotel by way of Le Colonial. Nominally managed by the Neemrana … Continue reading

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Mattancherry, Cochin

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Mattancherry is Cochin’s ancient trade and commercial hub. Since before the Europeans arrived, this has been a place trading vessels would come to for spices. And certainly it has remained the bustling commercial centre of Cochin through the colonial period … Continue reading

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Le Quartier Français, Pondichéry

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We begin our tour of Pondicherry in the Ville Blanche, or White Town. This is the town the French built, and it as Gallic and Mediterranean as it can be, thousands of miles away from Marseille. Most of the buildings … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-4: Pondicherry (Puducherry)… Ville française

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Pondicherry was established in 1674, when La Compagnie française des Indes orientales, otherwise known as the French East India Company acquired a plot of land on the Coromandel Coast from the Sultan of Bijapur. As trading settlements went, Pondicherry was a … Continue reading

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The Connemara Hotel, Madras

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The Connemara Hotel was the grande dame of the Madras hospitality scene. Its earliest incarnation was a private residence bought in 1815 by one of the foremost merchants of the city at the time, Mr John Binny. The road on which … Continue reading

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Old Madras III – Santhome, Mylapore and St Thomas Mount

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In 52 A.D., so it is said, St Thomas – one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ – landed at the Malabar Coast (the South-west Coast) of India, and travelled across the sub-continent to the ancient (and magnificent) port … Continue reading

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Old Madras II – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road and the Marina

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This second part of our leisurely wander through Old Madras (today’s Chennai), takes us down three major thoroughfares in the city – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road (and the suburb of Egmore), and South Beach Road along the Marina. These … Continue reading

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