Steve Borgia Indian Heritage Museum - Part I (Kanchipuram - Tamil Nadu)

On one of my trips to Mahabalipuram, I landed up in this hotel called Indeco for lunch. I didn’t know anything about this hotel at all, but I loved the interiors here. There were a few heritage stuff here on display and the food was great. And as I prepared to leave, I saw the main entrance of the hotel (I entered directly into the restaurant first. The main entrance leads to the reception for boarding and lodging purposes). The interiors and décor there pulled me there, but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance. I saw few of the décor and came back.
After I came home, somehow I spotted the catalogue that Mom had brought home from an exhibition ‘The British Left-Behind Show’ held at Lalit Kala Academy a few months back. It was a show that featured several artifacts, furniture, day-to-day used stuff, a few machinery et all. A great co-incidence I should say, that show was an initiative of Indeco Hotel!!! I immediately made up my mind to visit the hotel again just to see the Heritage Museum set up there. The day came and I was there at the Museum, errr. I mean hotel.
Indeco hotel has its branches in Mahabalipuram, Swamimalai and Yercaud. So all the stuff displayed in the exhibition were brought from all the 3 hotels. In other words, I would be able to see only one third of the stuff that mom saw in Lalit Kala Academy. Hard luck, but still….

The furniture collection here is fabulous.

This Foldable Easy Chair is a part of the portable stuff of the English. Behind it is the Military Style Foldable Camp Cot. During the earlier times when sea voyages are the major mode of transport, furniture was allowed as a part of the personal baggage and had no tax!!!

Guess what’s above? A table with a draw? A suitcase with legs? Neither. It’s a Mahagony Wash Basin. Trust me. It is!!! This too is portable – though not foldable, its detachable!

Yet another wash basin.

That’s a wall clock of the British Era.

And this one is a piece of sculpture that shows time!!!

There were some old machinaries as well. This is a telegraph machine
… and a typewriter.

This is an Albion Printing Press. Printing equipments were initially brought to India for religious and preaching purposes. This piece is trademarked by V&J Figgins of Farrington Road, London.

That’s a Paper Cutter on the left and Oil Extractor on the right.

A Greasing pump

… and a Paint Mixer.
This post is now going long just with the pics itself. I’ll come back soon with more pics of what the Bristish left here and what I wore to Indeco Heritage Hotel.
P.S: I accept. It’s true that I couldn’t help humming the theme music of Madharasapattinam as I looked into the artifacts (It’s a Tamil Period Movie about a love story set in the British era).

Refer my earlier post to reach Mahabalipuram. Indeco hotel is located just opposite to the main parking lot of Mahabalipuram Monument. The staff of the parking lot would block your way to ask you to get into the parking lot, if you’re on your own vehicle. Please be kind enough to them and say that you’re going to the hotel and not the monument. They are after all doing their duty!!!
Contact of the hotel:
Ph no: +91 44 2498 4114 / 2499 8121


An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.


  1. Different. Your travels have become quirky off late. Like it. My home in cochin should interest you. A lot of antiques piled up.

  2. Nice account of heritage museum

  3. Hi Bushavali

    Rare collection of British Era

    thanks for sharing

    my new post: Photo Album - April 2011

  4. Wonderful museum. The collections are great.

    Check out Poetry in Stone - 3

  5. Hi Friend! One dayI'll go to Chennai... Wonderful shots you have here!!

    After the Blogger calamity last week, Blogtrotter Two is showing the last post on Amsterdam 2010... Enjoy and have a superb week ahead!!

  6. @Raj Niranjan Das,
    Quirky??!!! May be. I dunno. You've got antiques piled up at home??? May be you should do a post on it. I'd love to have a look at them!!!

    @Team G Square,
    Thanks dear.. :)

    I am glad I could share.. :)

    Thank you.. :)

    Definately. Welcome to Chennai, Welcome to India!!! :)

  7. the arm chair....dream to possess one someday

    tks for sharing


  8. @Vijay,
    Ah... Just the thought of lying on it itself relaxes me, how good would it be actually lying on it!!! Wishing your wish to come true!!! :) :) :)


Thanks for visiting...! Why not leave a comment.? And tell your friends..!!!
By commenting you accept to our GDPR Policy.