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  • Things to do in Chettinad

    Chettinad is that rustic region in Tamil Nadu that has a unique history dating back to the nineteenth century. Currently comprising of 73 villages and 2 towns located over an area of 1,550 sq km in the Sivaganga district of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Though a visit would leave you a little speechless at the sight of sleepy, dusty streets and crumbling mansions interspersed with green patches of rice farms, a closer look inside yields an entirely different scenario with an amazing collection of items from numerous other countries; these would include countries as diverse as Italy, Fran...

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  • Popular temples in Tamil Nadu

    It would be wrong to call the southern state of Tamil Nadu as the cradle of Hinduism, but at first glance, with the numerous temples located at every street corner, that is the impression one gets! It’s no wonder then that Tamil Nadu is known as the ‘Land of temples’ with over 33,000 ancient temples dating back to 800 to 3,500 years old found scattered through the state. And not only that, some of the largest temples are also found here, making Tamil Nadu a major pilgrimage spot for Hindus. These temples have stood testimony to the culture and heritage of its people with historical rec...

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  • History of the Nattukottai Chettiars

    Many historical myths, legends, folklores and events have been lost in the Indian history due to improper recordings, thereby creating confusions and doubts. However, as far the Nattukottai Chettiars or the Nattukottai Nagarathars are concerned, there is still enough evidence available to trace back their history to the times of the Chola rule in the second century AD, in present-day Tamil Nadu. Among the Chettiars of Chettinad, the Nattukottai Chettiars are considered to be of the elite class. They are a community well-known for their cultural heritage and philanthropy. Aside from building ...

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  • Chettiar Mansions of Tamil Nadu

    The Chettiars refers to the ancient Nattukottai Chettiars of the state of Tamil Nadu who formed a formidably rich community during the nineteenth century and their mansions stand testimony to their wealth even today. The Chettinad region where they were settled comprised of 96 settlements, out of which only 73 villages and two towns exist today, covering an area of roughly 1,550 sq km. The Chettiars made their money primarily as international traders and later on from banking and finance. They were the pioneers of modern banking system in India and were at the peak of their economic power du...

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  • The History of Chettinad Architecture

    The architecture of a region is directly linked to the culture of its people as well as the climatic conditions and natural resources. The Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu covers an area of about 1,550 sq km that is semi-arid in nature and home to about 74 villages that currently comprise the diminishing Chettiar community. Life in this community is very laid back and relaxed. In fact, you might even be forgiven for thinking you have landed in a deserted town! The area is an amazing mix of beautifully renovated mansions standing majestically next to crumbling ones; narrow dusty streets bordere...

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