Ten-Second Takeaway

Hidden in the heart of Malleswaram {a two-minute walk away from CTR} is Villa Pottipati, a heritage villa that offers a perfect opportunity for a luxurious staycation right here in the city.

Bungalow With A View

The driveway to Villa Pottipati is crowded with beautiful old trees. From Jacaranda and stately Gulmohar to Jackfruit and Avocado, you will find the foliage as pretty as the charming little swimming pool hidden away from view by a canopy of trees. The villa, which one belonged to the Reddys, a wealthy family of landowners from Andhra Pradesh, who migrated to Bangalore from their village Pottipati, is now under the aegis of the Neemrana Group of Hotels.

As you enter through a verandah scattered with planters’ chairs, you are guided into a beautiful lounge with an open skylight. Ornate pillars, intricate woodwork, plenty of sepia-toned family photographs and huge mirrors that provide a perfect opportunity for a selfie, greet you. The lounge leads into seven rooms {each one done up as differently from the other as the saree names each of them have}.

Saree State Of Affairs


Take your pick from rooms such as the Anekal {Karnataka}, Kalamkari {Andhra Pradesh}, Kanchipuram {Tamil Nadu}, Pochampally {Telangana}, Venkatgiri {Andhra Pradesh}, Rajadurga {Andhra Pradesh}, Kota Masuria {Mysore} and the Gadwal {Telangana} suite {our favourite: comes with a little duplex arrangement, complete with a spiral staircase that leads up to a little alcove with seating for two}. Each of the rooms are done up beautifully with teak four-poster beds, antique wardrobes, writing desks and even blinds made out of sarees.

Don’t forget to explore upstairs where you will come upon a beautiful gramophone and a rather stately Bombay Fornicator {no don’t get ideas, it’s just a vintage chair, still to be found in many colonial clubs, with extended arms and a reclining back, named so by the British}.

Malleswaram Magic

Though only breakfast is part of the deal here, the hotel does provide a limited menu or lunch and dinner {they do a mean prawn curry}, which you can tuck into at their dining arrangement {patio chairs and tables} outside in the garden area. Meals here are expensive, so we suggest you hop, skip and jump to CTR to have their awesome dosas and other tiffin items. While you are staying here, don’t forget to do a temple run to Malleswaram’s famous shrines, its many colourful vegetable and flower markets, or visit the area for its interesting take on street art. For other interesting things to do in Malleswaram, don’t forget to check our hood guide here. And if our idea of a staycation at Villa Pottipati appeals to you, then you need to work your way through our list of other staycations.

Photos: Neemrana Hotels