Heritage Madurai

Madurai | Superior

Well placed for exploring Madurai, the Heritage Madurai is a stylish and characterful hotel with a fascinating architectural backstory.

Many of the original buildings were designed and built in the 1970s by famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa as the Madurai Club, using local materials sourced from within 20 miles of the site – honey-toned granite; pillars and slabs salvaged from disused buildings – and set within sprawling grounds. 30 years on, the property came up for sale and has now been lovingly restored and sympathetically extended to become a beautiful 72-room hotel.

Guest rooms are spacious and simply decorated, with terracotta tiled or wooden flooring, fresh white bed linen and pops of colour from bright fabrics and cushions. The Geoffrey Bawa rooms are the best example of the architect’s style, known as tropical modernism, while the luxury villas - each with its own plunge pool - feature wooden panelling, exposed beams and handsome pillars that add lots of character.

The restaurant is spacious and opens onto the garden, serving Indian and western buffet style meals. It’s decorated with a mural of the huge 200-year-old banyan tree that grows just outside. The hotel’s bar channels the colonial club culture of former British Madurai, with one section within the original 1970s clubhouse building. There is also a spa and gym, and a large swimming pool, designed to look like a typical South Indian temple tank.

We Say

An oasis in the bustling city, this hotel has a distinct architectural style and spacious grounds.


11, Melakkal Main Road, Kochadai, Madurai

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  • Your Accommodation
    • 72 rooms & villas
    • Superior room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • The Banyan restaurant
    • Swig & Tee bar
    • Coffee shop
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Olympic-sized swimming pool
    • Jasmine spa
    • Gym

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