Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : Adults: INR 385
Children: INR 220
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Built back in the 1800s, the Château de Labourdonnais is a grand Creole mansion which was once owned by Christian Wiehe and his family, but has long since been renovated and is now in use as a heritage tourism spot. Built entirely out of teak and sporting a dual-collonaded gallery, the Château de Labourdonnais gives off a distinct neoclassical vibe, and the exterior, as well as the interiors of the mansion, give off a distinctly Victorian feel.
Despite the renovation and the refurbished interiors, the building still retains every bit of its antique feel. Guided tours of the building start with visits to the different rooms of the house (all the vintage furniture has still been preserved) and move on to the old orchards and lush green gardens where you can take a walk amongst the well-maintained exotic trees and shrubs.
The gardens are home to quite a few giant tortoises. The tour ends with a visit to the adjacent distillery, where you can learn about the history and various techniques of production of agricultural rum. You can choose to sample the rum from the tasting bar, or if you don’t want to drink, then you can also choose to taste the locally-produced juices, jams, jellies, and sorbets.
The Château de Labourdonnais is home to a boutique and souvenir shop as well, from where you can buy locally crafted handicrafts and products to take back home for your family and friends.
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