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  • Athangudi Tiles Design

    In the heart of the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu lies the Chettinad region. It is famous for many things including its lip-smacking cuisine and amazing hospitality. Another reason why the Chettinad region is famous is for its magnificent Athangudi tiles.These are intricately patterned tiles that are hand-made and constitute a cottage industry in the quaint village of Athangudi, close to the town of Karaikudi. These tiles are a heritage of Chettinad and come in a variety of attractive colors and patterns. The designs that we see even today are from a bygone era with minimal modernization. T...

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  • An award of excellence

    Kudos to us! has once again honored Chidambara Vilas with the Traveller Review Award for 2020. The award was based on guest experiences and consistently impressive reviews. Awards are a ratification of our relentless commitment to delivering amazing heritage experiences to the guests staying with us. We express our most sincere gratitude to for this prestigious accreditation.

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  • Ariyakudi Temple History

    The Chettinad region in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu holds a unique place in history. The Nattukottai Chettiars who had been living here were for many centuries wealthy traders and devout Shiva worshipers. There are 9 important temples here and the Chettiar community of 75 villages is divided into 9 clans, with each clan worshiping at a temple. One of these temples is located in Ariyakudi, just 4 km away from the Chettinad city of Karaikudi. The temple is known as ‘Venkatamudayan Perumal temple’ or ‘Then Tirupati temple’ and is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This 500 year old ...

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