Guesthouse in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

A wonderfully tranquil 19th-century house (no shoes, no TVs, no children), sun-yellow Gratitude has been delightfully restored. Nine individually styled rooms sprawl across two floors around a tropically shaded courtyard; a couple of them could use another dose of refurbishment, so look at a few if you can. There's a roof terrace for yoga and massages. Breakfast is delicious.