"I am writing you to thank you for the recent service we received and to ask for help. My family recently had the pleasure of dining at the Bungalow on the Beach property in Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu. I can honestly say that I had the best dish I have ever eating in my one year living and traveling around India. The chef, Bharthi, made us an amazing bowl o Tharagambadi Fish Curry. I am writing both the let you know of the great work your employ is doing and to request help getting the recipe. Unfortunately, my Tamil is non-existent and I was unable to ask Bharthi for the recipe. Is there anyway to have someone help me retrieve it? I would be most grateful.
Thank for preserving the history and grandeur of these wonderful properties and for the wonderful service."
Riley Walls,US Navy, New Delhi
“The building is as much an example of intelligent conservation as it is an evocation of the past, using as it does a minimum of carefully chosen vintage furniture, paintings and artefacts.”
- Outlook Traveller Getaways
“The Bungalow on the Beach is perched stunningly on the beach, with the sea just a stone’s throw away. From the fabulous first-floor balcony you get uninterrupted views of the sea and the sky and the imposing fort across the road. And total peace and quiet. Tranquebar is a tranquil place, and now the Neemrana Resort gives you a great staying option here, making for a perfect weekend break.”
- Vaishna Roy in Beach Holidays in India
“As always, this Neemrana property impressed us thoroughly. This quaint fishing village, the sprawling property surrounded by the lifting and character-filled whiff of fresh catch has been reminiscent of family getaway of yore.
The beach is unassuming yet adventurous. The temple and fort evocate of an era gone by and the people content beyond urban reason.
My wife and I are en-route to yet another property in Pondicherry but this little white house with breezy verandahs and frangipanni scented air has made a place in our hearts.
We will miss this colonial outpost and hope to return some day. With best wishes and many thanks.”
- Jai & Pallavi Sheth, Mumbai, India
“As with all magic the audience wonders – “How did they do it?” So it is with the restoration of the Tranquebar “Bungalow” and “Gate House”.
What elegant properties with so much attention to detail – the heritage tower, bolts, the awesome door hinges, the heritage sink, toilet pan, the chairs – just everything.
My only regret – that I had only half a day to spend at a place which calls for a week’s stay. And yes the food – superb.”
- Parvez Dewan, Former Chairman ITDC , New Delhi, India
“This is a terrific property, a great respite from the hustle and bustle of Southern India. It is an idyllic location in a sleepy town seemingly in a time warp. The staff here are generally friendly and helpful and the pool is in great condition. We had a wonderful stay here.”
- Peter Mc Millan, Bathurst, Australia
“We very much enjoyed our stay at the tranquil Bungalow on the Beach. The staff’s hospitality and helpfulness stood out. They went at great lengths to make our stay a real pleasure.
I also would like to write a word of praise for the kitchen staff. The menu is varied and everything we tried was very tasty. I specially recommend the Chef’s beetroot halva.
A memorable place, to be recommended for all those who want to escape from India’s hustle-bustle.”
- Isabelle, Marco, & Sofia Riggio-Bermijm, Belgium
“This Neemrana property is the piece-de-resistance of all their stunning “non- hotel” Hotels. As always the ambience, room décor, attention to detail and the exemplary staff and management are most memorable. Would love to come back.”
- Yogi Vaid with Alka, Divya, Ambar, Faridabad, Delhi, India
“A very enjoyable stay. The ideal place to stay whilst working in the area. Returning to the peace and quiet after a busy day with only the sound of the sea. With pleasant and helpful staff always on hand for your assistance. Also excellent food to enjoy every day and served with a smile. I will return.”
- Michael Simpson, Fareham Hants, United Kingdom
“Wonderful place and extremely helpful staff. The cook made special dishes on request which was much appreciated. Thank You.”
- Soumiya, Chennai, India
“A lovely place to stay- very relaxing. The rooms are thoroughly appointed, the staff is outstanding, the food is delicious. We stayed for 3 days and would have loved a longer stay. I’ve stayed at the Neemrana hotel in Pondicherry and this compares very well. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.”
- Vibha Pinglé, India
“We had a lovely time in this very cool relaxing bungalow on the beach! It was very nice to be able to come back and relax after a long day in the sun. We, a family of 6, found it just perfect!
P.S. The food was amazing at the Non-hotel hotel! xo"
- Emily, Georgia, USA
“Our second visit to Tranquebar inspired in us by reading Georgina Harding’s “Tranquebar- A season in the South”. We have enjoyed number 5 Goldsmith Street, and good to see the house so sympathetically restored, with helpful but un-intrusive staff. “The Bungalow on the Beach” by contrast is more of a Colonial/Western enclave with the exclusivity to match! Us poorer tourists prefer the integrity of the Nayaks!”
- Ella Hoir, Edinburh, Scotland
We a family of 28 came here for New Year. WOW! What a wonderful time we all had! The saltish smell of the sea! The waves dripping with foam! The Bungalow on the Beach, The Nayak House and the Hotel Tamil Nadu! Lovely!
Thanks to all the staff! Food was delicious! We’d love to come back again.
- Dr. Ravi Santosham & family, Chennai