Mangala Heritage Retreat is a simple, traditional home in the small town of Thirupugalur, situated on the outskirts of Nagapattinam District, rich in agricultural beauty, green waves of grain, tamarind-lined roads and cool, dark temple tanks.

Ranvir Shah, who runs the Prakriti Foundation in Chennai, stumbled upon the place when looking for a house that could accommodate scholars and others exploring the magnificent Thyagarajaswamy Temple in Thiruvarur. Once he bought, he was clear as to what it would become – a place where travelers could experience Tamil village life.

Mangala has had the benefit of impeccable design inputs from cultural heavyweight, Shanta Guhan and architect, Benny Kuriakose, famous for his work at Dakshinachitra.