The 400 meter long entrance driveway.Guest room 1.
Sharanya, an Idyllic villa near Pondicherry.
Sharanya, an Idyllic villa near Pondicherry.
15 guests
4 bedrooms
8 beds
4.5 baths
15 guests
4 bedrooms
8 beds
4.5 baths
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A large 4 bedroom villa constructed in the traditional Kerala style close to Pondicherry & Auroville. Surrounded by trees and greenery, this peaceful retreat is best suited for large families or groups. Relax by our lotus pond, feed the fish, read a book from our library on the hammock, get a massage or just chill. A short 15 min drive gets you to the beaches. Come back from the beach to lie down on the terrace and watch the stars come out. I am sure you won't want this stay to end.

The space

A long private driveway leads you to the 4500sq ft villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres. The villa is built in the traditional kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool through the year.
The house has 4 air conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms, a family room, a large kitchen and utility and an open terrace. The large central courtyard with its pond acts as a focal point of the villa allowing in natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is well away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence.
The bedrooms are fully furnished and can accommodate up to 15 people. The bathrooms have showers and western loos.
There is a full time caretaker and daily housekeeping is included.
Enjoy some of the organically grown fruits and vegetables from the garden with our compliments.

Guest access

Guests will have full access to all parts of the house, gardens, kitchen and laundry facilities.
Lunch / snacks/ dinner can be made available at extra cost and with prior notice.
We are pet friendly, but please do contact us before booking. A pet fee and cleaning charge is applicable.

Interaction with guests

We may be present at some times.

Other things to note

Q) Where is this Villa located ?
Answer: The villa is located approximately 6Km from Pondicherry city centre and 3Km from the Auroville visitors centre. You get a location that gives you the choice of exploring the city and coming back to peace and quiet at the end of the day to relax and unwind.

Q) What is the age policy for children?
Answer: Children under 6 stay for free.

Q) Do you allow pets?
Answer : Yes. we welcome guests with pets. However , please be aware that we have 2 dogs living on the property along with some roosters and hens. Pets are not allowed into the bedrooms. An additional pet fee of 1000/- per pet, per day is applicable, a security deposit may be required.

Q) Do you have a swimming pool?
Answer: No, the property does not have a swimming pool. However, guests can access a swimming pool next door at universal farm house by for a fee.

Q) How far is it from airport and railway station ?
Answer: The Villa is approximately 160Km ( around 2.5 hours) drive away from Chennai airport and 6 Km from both the Pondicherry Railway station and the Pondicherry bus station.

Q) Do you arrange airport pick up and transfers ?
Answer: Yes, we do arrange airport or railway pick ups. We prefer our guest to take this facility as its easier and safe for them. Also eliminates the possibility of being ripped off by cabs.
Our charges are as follows –
From / to Chennai airport - Rs.3000/- (US$ 47) for 4 people in an Air-conditioned taxi, Rs.4200/- (US$ 75) for 6 people in an airconditioned Van, Rs.7500/- (US$ 120) for up to 14 people in an Air-conditioned van. This includes all taxes, parking and 30 minutes waiting charge. * T&C apply
From/To Pondicherry train / bus station – Rs.450/- (US$ 7) for 4 people in an Air-conditioned taxi, Rs.650/- (US$ 11) for 6 people in an airconditioned Van, Rs. 1000/- (US$ 17) for up to 14 people in an Air-conditioned van. This includes all taxes, parking and 30 minutes waiting charge. * T&C apply

Q) Do you provide breakfast ?
Answer: Yes, Complimentary breakfast is provided between 9 AM and 10 AM.

Q) What about tea/coffee?
Answer: We provide complimentary morning tea / coffee and tea/ coffee is again served with breakfast.

Q) What about lunch / dinner?
Answer: a fixed Lunch / dinner can be made on request. The charges are 350/-per person per meal for vegetarian and 450/- per person per meal for non-vegetarian. Children under 6 are not charged and children between 7-12 are charged half price.

Q) Is there a power back up ?
Answer: Yes there is a battery back up for 1 light and 1 fan in each room. The battery generally lasts up to 3 hours depending on usage.

Q) Is the kitchen fully equipped ?
Answer: Yes, the kitchen is fully equipped with Gas, microwave, toaster, kettle and all utensils needed. Groceries are available at the market, a 5 minute drive away. Guests will have to get their own groceries in case they wish to cook a meal. Guests will also have to ensure that the gas is turned off when not in use and are responsible for their safety. Basic spices are available in the kitchen. Should you need to use the groceries stocked in the kitchen, please contact the owners ; a charge is applicable. The kitchen is for self catering only, outside cooks will not be allowed to use the kitchen. Guests will have to clean up after use.

Q) Are there any markets/restaurants close by ?
Answer: The Villa is around 1.5 Km from a market that has many shops and stalls selling groceries, fruits, vegetables etc. Many restaurants and fast food joints are within a 10 minute drive away. There is Pizza delivery available to the villa.

Q) Is there wifi facility ?
Answer: Yes, Wifi Internet is available. However, we do experience internet outages at some times due to factors beyond our control. We suggest that you carry an internet access device if connectivity is imperative for you.

Q) Is there a clothes washing facility ?
Answer: Yes we can get your clothes washed for Rs 20 per piece. The clothes are delivered the following day. We have an iron for your use, please ask the housekeeper for the iron.

Q) Do you refill the stock like toilet roll, tissue paper etc ?
Answer: Yes, if you run out of any of these let us know and we will get it refilled.

Q) what are the best means of transport available from the Villa ?
Answer: All taxi/auto can be ordered over the phone from the villa. 2 wheeler motorcycles and scooters can be hired from Pondicherry city for the duration of your stay. Alternatively, we can arrange to have rented scooters / bikes ready for you when you reach the villa. The rates are Rs.250/- for automatic scooters and 400/- for motorbikes per day, unlimited mileage, excludes fuel. Id required. Additional security deposit may be required.
Public buses stop by request at the toll gate, a 15 minute walk from the villa. The buses will take you into Pondicherry city.

Q) Is there space to park the cars?
Answer: Yes there is a lot of space to accommodate and park your cars. We also have a small room for your drivers to rest and spend the night.

Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet

Extra people £15 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit £117
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price £58 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 king bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds, 5 floor mattresses

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 1PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 11AM

Bachelor and stag parties are not allowed.

As required by law, all guests above 18 must present a copy of valid govt ID at check in.

All rooms and the entire house is a strict non smoking area. Smoking in the villa/bedrooms/bathrooms may cause your deposit to be withheld.

Guests are responsible for their personal belongings.

Please do not consume any food or drink in the bedrooms.

we request that all electrical appliances including air conditioners, fans, lights, taps and showers be turned off when not in use.

please avoid music or tv sound spilling outside the house, especially after 9PM.

The books and board games are there for your leisure. Should you feel the need to borrow a book or game when you leave, please exchange it for one from your collection.

Always use torches at night when outside.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) and other pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card

1 night minimum stay

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Jaiganesh User Profile
August 2017
We had a great time at Sharanya. The place is really serene and is every bit as good as the pics posted. It was a very relaxing stay for our family and we only wish that it could have been longer. From the time we booked, we got clear communications from Shiv. He was always available to answer any of our questions. There were fresh towels for each bedroom and the place was really clean. We had some issues with the caretaker Eashwar. He was a little rude and imposed some arbitary rules (rules that weren't part of Shiv's communications to us). He lost his copy of the housekey and hadn't communicated this to Shiv. He asked us to leave back, our copy of the house keys when we went out. When we came back, it wasn't kept back in the same place and he didn't answer when both us and Shiv called him. After standing outside for 10-15mins, we finally managed to wake him up. We communicated all this to Shiv, once we were back and he has assured us that he will look into this and ensure that other guests don't face the same issue. He was insistent that he wants the guests to feel right at home and that he was sorry that we faced this issue. All in all, we still consider the stay here to be really pleasant and wouldn't hesitate to come back, the next time we are in Pondicherry.

Fathima User Profile
June 2017
We traveled here with our entire family of 10+ people with kids+adults. It was an amazing experience. The house is built beautifully and contains all amenities one could ask for in an upscale house. Perfect getaway with family!

Krishnan User Profile
June 2017
We were looking for a few days of quiet downtime since each one of our family (with 2 teenage boys) has busy lives of their own. After zeroing on in Pondicherry, we searched in AirBnB and found this sprawling property which looked like a combination of comfort, eco-friendly and yet which promised to cater to modern cravings like AC. Host Shiv Charan was very prompt in giving us all the details, including directions and other helpful suggestions, so were not at all apprehensive. (This was the first time were used AirBnB for a homestay :-) When we reached the property we were astounded to see the sprawling natural beauty of the garden surrounding the property. We were greeted by a beautiful fish pond the moment we entered the place. Typical old world charm of the bunglow, with high ceilings, open to sky center, and old furniture was a treat to behold. Unfortunately, we chose a time when both the host and the regular caretaker was out of town. However Mr. Kishore Charan, Shiv's dad more than made up by smooth arrangements for stay and food when we needed it. We loved the frequent "CHAI PE CHARCHA" sessions we had with him!! The rooms had AC, which was a relief since it was baking weather during 1 - 4 June TIME. They were clean and comfortable. And with 2 teenage boys, presence of Wi-Fi was a BIG PLUS !!. The verandah overlooked the vast garden full of fruit trees, veggie patches and a meandering brook overlooking which I could enjoy my morning coffee with Mr. Sharan :-) Another plus point was the close proximity to Auroville. By the same token, the minus point was that the town was far (relative) from the property. We hired a cab for the entire 4 days, which was very smooth. Thanks to Mr. Kishore Sharan for a very good time that we had. It looked as if we were visiting friends.

Prem User Profile
May 2017
Nice place to stay. Good traditional ambiance and well maintained.

Rakesh User Profile
May 2017
Thank you so much for everything Shiv & his dad (Mr. Kishore). My family had an awesome time and we loved the house. It is a beautiful home and it was a great place to relax. We loved the attention to detail on the house and the garden is outstanding. The stream is definitely the highlight of your garden and the cooks prepare some amazing food. Very kind and helpful people. This is a perfect AirBnb experience. We'd love to be back.

Karthik User Profile
May 2017
The entrance to the property is nothing short of magical. It instantly takes you to a calm serene space that we all so desperately need with our fast paced lives. The house was impeccably clean starting with the kitchen to the bedrooms and the rest rooms. They delivered on everything promised in terms of basic amenities. The house itself has a personality of its own with each room telling its own story. Its the perfect space for large families or a big group of friends. There's so much to do from the board games and books they have stocked to the cycles and outdoor games available. If you want to relax and contemplate life, then the hammock in the garden is the go to spot. The dogs in the property are extremely friendly and will happily accompany you on a walk around the garden. We loved every minute of our stay here and were so sad to say good bye. Definitely a house to come back to!

Kunal User Profile
April 2017
Sharanya is a perfect place if you are in Pondy on a vacation with family or friends...!! The place is spacious, well maintained, very clean and surrounded by greenery. You will have a great time relaxing. And the caretaker...Ishwarkaka...always on his foot for the service and help...!! Overall it was a wonderful experience being at Sharanya :)

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Shiv User ProfileShiv is a superhost.

Professional photographer, scuba diver, tech geek. I share my love of travel with my family and together we love to see and sample different places.
I love to discover local eateries and try and learn at one local dish from the place I am visiting.
As the Spanish saying goes " Mi casa es tu casa" - my home is your home. Welcome to Sharanya, Auroville.

Languages: English, Hindi
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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