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  • The Trades of Chettinad

    Back in the day, the Chettiars were primarily traders of salt, silk and precious stones transported by sea to the South East Asian countries. They later became prominent in banking and money lending. With the growth of British colonial rule in south East Asia, many Chettiars emigrated from India to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Burma and Malaya (now Malaysia and Singapore). Their success overseas enabled them to fund palatial family mansions back home. The grandeur of the Chettiar settlements built from the 1850s to the 1940s is a testimony to their rich lifestyle. The community that conceptualized...

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  • The Chettinad Cuisine – A Glimpse

    A major attraction to the historic land of Chettinad is its distinctive cuisine. Popular for the complexity of flavors and aroma, the Chettinad cuisine has a culinary tradition unlike any other. The interesting history of the Chettiar community is reflected in its unique cuisine. Having originated from the coastal region, Chettiars used seafood to create most of their authentic dishes such as eral masala (prawn), nandu masala (crab), meen kuzhambu (fish curry), and sura puttu (scrambled shark).When the community moved inland and settled in the comparatively dry and arid Chettinad, the cuisin...

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  • A quick look in to Chettinad

    A nexus of 73 villages and 2 towns spread over 1,550 km2 in the districts of Sivagangai and Pudukottai comprises the land of Chettinad, with its capital in Karaikudi. Claiming to have originated from the ancient kingdom of Chola that existed between the 10th to 12th centuries, the Chettiars, or Nagarathars were primarily Seafarers, well known for their trading expeditions overseas. Having lost their land and belongings in a tidal wave, they decided to move inland and are said to have been invited by a Pandyan king to help prosper his kingdom. A centrally located temple and the land of Chettin...

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