Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad showcases the rich art and cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu. A Tour to Chettinad will be an extremely enriching experience for the tourist as the place is full with rich cultural heritage, exotic food and remarkable specimens of Dravidian architecture. Chettinad is well known for its mansions, temples and culinary delicacies.
Chettinad is a wonderful small town which has the remnants of its glorious past. Chettinad is famous for its houses and buildings. Chettinad is the homeland of Natukottai Chettiar also known as the Nagarathars. The Chettiars who are the residents of Chettinad are considered to be the pioneers of banking. Legends say that the Pandyan King of 13th century invited the people of Chettinad to stay here in the. They were a big business community which gave the city the name of Chettinad.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to take a tour to Chettinad is from October to March. Summers are really hot in Chettinad so it should be avoided during that time.
How to Reach
BY AIR -Madurai Airport is 90 km away.
BY RAIL -Karaikudi Railway Station.
Take a tour to Chettinad and smell the age old remnants which history has left behind in Chettinad.
- Chettinad Mansions: The most important tourist attractions of Chettinad are its mansions. The elaborately decorated, intricate design and unique feature of the Chettinad mansions makes them a class apart.
- Chettinad Palace: Built in accordance with Chettinad style of architecture, the Chettinad Palace was constructed for the royal Alagappa Chettiar in 1912. Stained glass, teak, tiles, granite and wrought iron work truly makes the Chettinad Palace a work of art.
Chettinad Temples: There are a number of temples in Chettinad:
- Vairavan Kovil Temple
- Karpaga Vinayakar temple
- Kundrakudi Murugan temple
- Kottaiyur Sivan temple
Besides this the Chettinad artwork, sarees and Athangudi Tiles from Chettinad are also famous.