Ten-Second Takeaway

A whiff of France in the heart of the historic Mysore makes for a great getaway. Besides, it doubles as an art gallery for local artistes’ creations. Plus, bread making sessions.

Art Meets Architecture

Don’t try and pretend you hit up Mysore for fun. You drive through to Ooty, Bandipur or just for a quick day trip to show it off to the out-of-country visitors. Yes, we know. But here’s a reason to go, and actually soak in the lovely town. It’s called La Villa.

la villa in mysore

Source: La Villa

Set in an old, restored bungalow {yes, with red oxide flooring and courtyard too}, it’s owned by a French couple. Really a throw back to when the simple life reigned supreme, you’ll find that the house is uncluttered and elegant. Be it the minimalist décor or the monochrome palette, it’s almost art deco here. The three rooms, all suites though different in size, feature clear lace curtains, few pieces of wrought iron and dark wood furniture, cabinets and even coat hangers from the bygone era, and soaking in the large baths will become part of your routine should you stay more than a day.

On The Walls

The courtyard is a fantastic place to unwind with a book or a good-old chat. And if you’re artsy then the in-house gallery will certainly steal your heart and time. Promoting local or yet undiscovered artistes, you’ll find all the exhibits are somehow connected to the culture of the place. Currently, Asad Keshavar’s paintings, black and white photos from Paris To Mysore and Between Mysore and Mysooru, an original project of Shoaib Chadkhan, are on display.


Call in advance and set up a bread baking session. We don’t want to generalise but being French, they really do some amazing breads {which you can sample at breakfast every morning}. So why not learn how to make it, no?

So even if you’re passing through the sleepy town, head here and you’ll change your mind. You’ll want to stay a day or two.

Where: 942, Second Main Lashmipuram, Mysore

Price: INR 5,199 upwards

Contact: +91 9535635815

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