The Citrus Room-MANTRA, Pondicherry
The Citrus Room-MANTRA, Pondicherry

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

This is a lovely room for a single person on the ground floor at MANTRA. It opens onto a private deck overlooking the garden. A pull out bed can sleep an extra person. It has an attached bathroom. Guest can use common kitchen. 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
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Private room


Extra people: ₹558 / night after the first guest
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The space

The Bungalow is a quiet, green haven with lots of NEEM trees around and a garden around the house.
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.

The neighborhood

The Bungalow is located in Vaithikuppam which is the gentrified fishing village adjoining the French precinct. This locality is a photographer's haven and one can see and experience the real India in the clean lanes of Vaithikuppam. The area is along the sea coast but there are no swimming beaches here. For more details go to the website link to Vaithikuppam.

Getting around

Parking is available inside the gated compound of the Bungalow. However, the only public transport nearby would be the three wheeler auto rickshaws. The good thing is that the House is a short 10min walk from the main Boulevard from where one can get other public transport. Best option would be to hire bicycles or two wheelers during your stay.

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.

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)

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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

7 Reviews

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Jailaxmi User Profile
May 2016
Home stay personified with such caring staff...... And the place is very well done up......with beautiful pool....... It is way better that regular place around in pondy..... All things are taken care of very well I was very well attended by the staff...
Kakoli User Profile
Response from Kakoli:
Thank you Jailaxmi. You were an exemplary guest and we hope to get more guests like you. Thanks for reviewing.
May 2016

Dorodi User Profile
April 2016
I stayed at the Citrus room in Mantra for two weeks. The house/villa is like a hidden, tranquil treasure in the middle of the neighbourhood. My stay was very comfortable. The staff -Rameshwar, Krishna and Reka were very helpful - always asking if I needed anything. I met Kakoli and Jyoti towards the end of my stay. They are very warm people and I really enjoyed our conversations. Kakoli also very kindly let me have my five year niece over a few times. The little one is a fan of the place! The house itself is very tastefully done. There is a swimming pool (which I didn't use) but I did spend a lot of time poolside. There is a nice living and dining space that you can use as well as the kitchen. I did not have breakfast there, but it is available. It's a 15-20 minute walk to Heritage Town and the promenade, but I preferred the autos (tuk tuks). You could also rent a bike or a scooter. I would very highly recommend this place.

Guy User Profile
March 2016
I had a great time in Pondicherry, thanks in large part to the wonderful hosts and nice accommodations. The location is away from the noise, but very close to get an auto rickshaw, and within walking distance to the Promenade if you don't mind a bit of exercise. I didn't use the pool, but it is really nice. I highly recommend the Mantra guesthouse for anyone visiting the area.

Emma Louise User Profile
November 2015
Mantra is a hidden sanctuary. I l was in need of some relaxation and security when I searched Airbnb for a rest stop in Pondicherry. Kakoli messaged me straight away and her and Jodi welcomed me to this serene house nestled among neem trees. I stayed for a week in the Citrus room. The room was clean and had a western en suite attached. My room was cleaned daily by the most helpful girls that came and prepared breakfast. There were extremely sweet and did everything the could to make me feel comfortable. The house has been designed with style without loosing its homeliness...and then there's the swimming pool. Taking a swim in there really does make you feel like you're in paradise! For me, the thing that attracted me most was the 24hr watchman. I felt secure and safe 100% of the time. Navni was also there when ever I needed to speak with someone. As a woman travelling alone this really did make a difference to my stay in India. Kakoli is a beautiful person and she made me feel very welcome. I hope one day to return to Mantra and continue my travels of South West India.

Garima User Profile
October 2015
The experience was absolutely wonderful! My husband and I made a last minute decision to travel to Pondicherry from Bangalore, on a weekend that apparently was extremely busy. Clearly, we were finding it very difficult to find anything there, but absolutely lucky of us, Kakoli responded promptly to our request and booked us. We found out later that this place usually gets booked about two months in advance, and we somehow got lucky as someone cancelled last minute! Kakoli was also very organised and informative. As soon as we booked, she shared very detailed information of the place, numbers to call, clear rules, and also local recommendations that came in very handy :) She called regularly to check on our whereabouts as we were travelling by car. Rameshwarji, the caretaker, was also extremely helpful and kind. He is hardworking, and has maintained the garden very well! But the biggest surprise, and as it turns out also my highlight of the trip, was the pool! It's absolutely lovely and perfect for laps, for up to two people! You don't get such clean and private pools in the best of hotels! All in all - Highly recommended! I'm certain I'm going to book this well in advance next time I'm headed to Pondicherry, and more than that I'm certain I'm going to go stay at Mantra!

Roshan User Profile
October 2015
Mantra is a really clean and nice place to stay if you are looking for a stay in Pondicherry. The place is really peaceful and calm. You will be guaranteed a homely feeling. The caretaker Rameshwar is a very nice guy.

Dishant User Profile
August 2015
Beautiful, spacious clean house surrounded with greenery. Swimming pool is the best place for the evening. Caretaker Rameshawar was an outstanding guy. He is not only super helpful and very interactive. Its a shoe free house (you are not allowed to take shoes in the house and take them off), which is good.
Kakoli User Profile
Response from Kakoli:
Thanks Dishant. Although I did mention about the extra for breakfast & pool in the detailed description, I realised it was not visible at first look. Have made the necessary changes. Hope to meet you sometime...
August 2015

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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.

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