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Choultry, or tschultri, is an Indian word used to describe a resting place for visitors where rooms and food are provided by a charitable institution at nominal rates.

Choultry is a peculiar word of origin in South India and of doubtful etymology; In Malayalam -chaawati, In Telugu and Tamil chaawadi, [tsavadi, chau, Skt. chatur, 'four,' vata, 'road', a place where four roads meet]. In Western India the form used is chowry or chowree (Dakhan. chaori). A hall, a shed, or a simple loggia, used by travellers as a resting-place, and also intended for the transaction of public business. In the old Madras Archives there is frequent mention of the "Justices of the Choultry." A building of this kind seems to have formed the early courthouse. It is widely considered to be an Anglo-Indian word which was a corrupted form of the Telugu word Chaawadi. [Wikipedia]

Turner's Choultry, named after the former Visakhapatnam Collector, Mr. Henry Gribble Turner (1881-83 and 1884-89), was built in 1892 mainly to accommodate attendants of King George Hospital patients and the merchants and travelers. The site was gifted by Maharaja Gode Narayana Gajapathi Rao and funds came from the rulers of Bobbili, Vizianagaram, Jeypore and Cheedikada. The site on which the Choultry now stands was the 'Enugula Thota' or elephant lines of the early military days. It is now owned by the Endowments Department and is one of the few heritage structures in Vizag to be in reasonably good maintenance.

What I found attractive is the perfect example of anachronism provided by the building, which, over the years, has been surrounded by the bustling city of Vizag from all sides.  

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