an architecture inspired by Italian palaces
The main entrance verandah, called Thinnai,
was used by the men for business. We can find the Thinnai
at the entrance of all kind of Tamil houses, from the humbles to the
The Thinnai at the Saratha
Vilas is spread over large platforms on each side of the entrance door.
It is surrounded by series of black stone colonnades in a western style
and floored with marble from Italy and Belgium.
Today it is a quiet place facing the entrance garden where one can
sit, relax and enjoy the view of this refined architecture inspired by