The Blue Room at MANTRA Pondicherry
Hosted by Kakoli
Kakoli is the host.
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

The Blue Room is a very large family room with plenty of light and air on the 1st floor of a GARDEN VILLA with a pool. It was an attached bathroom with shower & bathtub and a kitchenette with refrigerator & other gadgets. The room is Air conditioned. Breakfast is OPTIONAL and not included in the room rate. If you wish to have breakfast then please let us know by 3pm a day before. The cost is Rs.200/- per person. Swimming Pool use is also optional @Rs.200/- per hour.

The space

The Bungalow is a quiet, green haven with lots of NEEM trees around and a garden around the house.
Details about wifi etc are available in the room.
Breakfast can be provided on request on extra payment of Rs200/- per person. We need to be informed by 3 pm the day before. Breakfast consists of Toast/Butter/Jam/Cereal/Milk/Banana/Boiled eggs/Tea/Coffee. Guests can use kitchen to cook themselves if they bring in the provisions.
Swimming Pool can be used on payment of Rs.200/- per hour of use. Other details provided in the room.
Smoking is permitted outside but not inside the room.
For more details please go to the Gratitude Heritage website and scroll down to MANTRA.

Guest access

I live in another house nearby and am available on call anytime. MANTRA has live-in staff and daily cleaning service.

Interaction with guests

I live in another house nearby and am available on call anytime. MANTRA has live-in staff and daily cleaning service.

Other things to note

The House has battery back-up in case of temporary power shut-down. We do not have a generator as yet. However, the power cuts are not long and the battery supports Fan and lights.


Amenities
Breakfast
Air conditioning
Family/kid friendly

Prices
Extra people $12 CAD / night after 2 guests
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 11AM

Guests are expected NOT to smoke in the rooms and treat all objects with respect and care as if it was their own. Pets and loud parties are not allowed. Children shorter than 4.5 feet are NOT allowed in the pool.


Cancellations

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay.
From Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 05, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

9 Reviews

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Dr.Ghoshal User Profile
July 2017
Perfect place for people seeking to break the monotony of bustling city life. Amazingly planned and creatively designed place and rooms. Great swimming pool with roofing. Beach is 5 min away by walk. Staff is very friendly. Definitely will recommend it to others

Anjali User Profile
February 2017
Mantra is a peaceful and beautiful place. The lap pool is absolutely splendid:)

Cema User ProfileCema is a superhost.
December 2016
Everything was well organised and as communicated. We had a great stay and loved the house. It was spacious and clean. Had a great stay and will surely recommend the place.

Hayat User Profile
December 2016
MANTRA is a beautiful home. Even though all the rooms were booked during our stay, we hardly ever bumped into other guests as there are separate entrances and pool timings etc which worked out really well. Rameshwar who was there to greet us and help us with anything we needed was a super super care taker and lovely warm smiling man. The pool is really nice to have access to at day or night (though at night it does get a bit cold) Our group were visiting 2 other friends who lived in Pondicherry and Rameshwar was very accommodating and let our friend stay one of the nights without any extra charge which was very nice of him. We really had a lovely time and would definitely recommend it and be back soon! Thank you Kakoli, Rameshwar, Vikram, Sid and the rest of the Mantra team!

Satya User Profile
December 2016
After reading the description and checking out the images, we were pretty excited to visit this place and it is amazing, calm and pretty and very close to white town.The rooms are extremely well maintained and clean and the décor is brilliant.The blue room opens up to a small balcony. The swimming pool is well maintained and the caretaker rameshwar is very helpful. I would definitely visit this place again.

Sankha User Profile
November 2016
This is a MUST-STAY place if you know what to expect. Having read a few reviews about the 'slum like' location of MANTRA, I was concerned about it even as the great reviews about the property came up to make me curious. Hence I decided to take a chance and get my own experience. I was very convenient to book through airbnb as Kakoli replied promptly and almost immediately. She send me a pre-booking information which was very helpful. After booking she also send the post-booking information as well as route maps to get to MANTRA. I was driving my own car and was pleasantly surprised to find that MANTRA also has secure parking space. Now regarding the location, I found it totally quaint and charming and much better than many so called 'city' residential areas. There is nothing slum like about this area which has small homes of lower income group locals and also apartments for middle income groups, ashram residents and many non Tamilians who have chosen to make Pondicherry their home. It is a thriving community and I was told that if one happens to be there during a festival (like Masi Magam which is celebrated in February/March) then one can experience an unique cultural phenomena from up close. Of course if you wish to stay in a quiet place, then it is best to avoid MANTRA during festivals. Kakoli also sent us a list of Tamil festivals as there is a temple nearby and Tamil temples like to play devotional music on loudspeakers during festivals. But we have a blissful stay in a forest-like atmosphere at MANTRA (all we heard were birds and some occasional crackers) and we also walked from MANTRA to the sea front (just a few metres away) to see the fishermen take off in their boats. The house itself is really homely and clean and very comfortable. Wifi was not very fast but we did not expect a free high speed internet. Rameshwar Ji is a character in himself and we spent quite some time chatting. I am glad we decided to stay here despite some reviews which were obviously personal interpretations. The BLUE ROOM is a lovely space for a family of four. We had our own kitchenette as well and it was very large, spacious and very well ventilated. Considering the amount we paid for the whole family, it was a fabulous deal.

Shyam User Profile
November 2016
Please don't choose this place for stay. This place is situated in slum area. Not worth for your money.
Kakoli User Profile
Response from Kakoli:
It is a pity that we Indians have this high browed snobbish attitude towards the a segmet which is not affluent. Vaithikuppam is a well managed erstwhile fishing village which is getting gentrified with modern apartments coming up. It is a clean community with rows of small houses and as in Tamil village communities, a good part of their life is lived on the streets. This area is adjoining the so called "White town" and is just a few minutes walk from the Promenade and the Ashram. MANTRA is a gated house and there is absolutely no effect of the local community once inside. This area is also a photographers haven if you wish to take pictures of local living and is therefore quite popular with foreigners. Those who wish to stay at MANTRA must be willing to accept the various colors of Indian life.
November 2016

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Kakoli User Profile

I am a designer from Pondicherry. Over a period of time my friend Jyoti and I have created some beautiful spaces which we like to share with discerning guests. GRATITUDE HERITAGE and MANTRA (in Pondicherry) and SATYA JYOTI FARM(in Rajasthan) are some of the places with special ambiance and atmosphere and beauty which are also our home. In case I am not available, you will receive a reply from Sid, who helps me out when I'm not around.

Languages: Bengali, English, Hindi
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