• Soorakudi

    Soorakudi is a sleepy village nestled in the Sakkottai Block of Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu. It is a part of the Chettinad region and rich in its history and culture. The historical name of Soorakudi was Desikanathapuram and was named after the main deity resident in the Soorakudi temple. The current name is based on the ‘Soorai’ scrub which grows in abundance in this region. This scrub is believed to have strong medicinal values too. The Soorakudi temple forms part of the 9 Shiva temples that are managed by the Nagarathar Chettiars of the Chettinad region. Each clan belongs to one o...

  • Vairavanpatti

    Vairavanpatti is a quaint little town located in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. It is home to the Vairavanswamy temple which is the third-largest Shiva temple run by the Nagarathar Chettiars of this famous Chettinad region. It is one of the 9 Shiva temples of the Nagarathars. They are devout Shiva worshippers and most of the daily activities revolve around their temples. This ancient temple is said to have been in existence since the 8th century and was earlier under the care of the Pandya kings. In the 14th century, they handed over its care to the Nagarathar Chettiars. It was initia...

  • Chettinad Palace

    Chettinad is a region located in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. It once consisted of 94 vibrant villages, but that number has now dwindled down to 75. The Nattukottai Chettiars who lived in this region belonged to a business and banking community; they generated their wealth by trading with the south-eastern nations. With the wealth they amassed, they built massive mansions. They brought back materials of great beauty and included them in the building of their palatial homes. It would be no surprise to find exquisitely carved Burmese teak pillars lining the inner courtyards or stained...

  • Pillaiyarpatti Temple

      The Pillaiyarpatti temple is located in the township of Pillaiyarpatti and is also known as Karpaka Vinayakar temple. Unknown to many, it’s one of the oldest rock-cut cave temples in Tamil Nadu. Located between Pudukottai and Karaikkudi towns in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu, the town is named after Ganesha – with ‘Pillayar’ meaning Ganesha in Tamil. The word ‘Vinayakar’ here also means ‘incomparable leader’. He is also known as the Lord of wisdom. He is believed to have fulfilled the prayers of his devotee, the ‘Karpakam’ tree, hence he is known as Karpaka ...

  • Local Crafts of Chettinad – Kandaangi Saree

    Chettinad is a famous region located in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. The Nattukottai Chettiars of this region were wealthy businessmen and traders who traveled to the south and south-east Asia in their quest for commerce. Before that, this prosperous community was involved in salt and spices trade, an aspect that is reflected in their fragrant cuisine. With the wealth they amassed, they built opulent mansions with exotic materials brought in from various foreign countries. These palatial homes have even received UNESCO nomination as homes of historical and cultural value. The Chett...

  • Famous Personalities from Pudukkottai

    Pudukkottai is a quaint town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is brimming with history that goes way back to the prehistoric times when the early man had settled here. The area was also the stronghold of various empires including the Early Pandyas, the Thondaimans as well as the British Raj. Puddukkottai is rich with culture and heritage and home to a number of monuments that makes it a veritable paradise for tourists and history buffs alike. Aside from this, Puddukkottai has also produced a number of luminaries who have brought further fame to this town. Here are a few of the f...

  • Government Museum in Pudukkottai

    Pudukkottai is a scenic town located on the banks of the Vallaru River in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. It has a history going back to the pre-historic days when the ancient man was believed to have had a settlement here. The region also has a culturally-rich heritage as it was ruled at different times by ancient dynasties including the Early Pandyas, the Thondaimans as well as the British. This large town is a haven for tourists and history buffs alike as it is richly endowed with many places of significance. There are a number of ancient palaces, fortresses, and tanks built by th...

  • Karpaka Vinayakar Temple

    The Karpaka Vinayakar temple is a work of great beauty. It’s an ancient rock-cut temple offering a bas relief of Lord Ganesha in an excavated cave located in the town of Pillayarpatti in Tamil Nadu. This is one of the oldest cave temples in Tamil Nadu and the word ‘pillayar’ in Tamil refers to Lord Ganesha. Pillayarpatti is located between the towns of Pudukkottai and Karaikkudi of the Chettinad region. The nearest airport to this temple is in nearby Trichy while there is direct access to these towns through rail and roads. Lord Vinayaga (Ganesha) is the lord of wisdom and fulfills the ...

  • Vairavan Kovil Temple

    The Nagarathar Chettiars of the Chettinad region were once a very rich and prosperous clan of merchants who have been into trading with the far shores of south-east Asian countries since as far back as 8th century CE. With the wealth acquired, they built opulent mansions and eventually became powerful money-lenders.Earlier, there were 96 settlements of these Chettiars with each village having its own temple for worship; now, only 74 of these villages remain. Karaikudi is the main town for this community and there is a beautiful temple located nearby. The temple is known as Vairavan Kovil. It...

  • Hill Temples in Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu is famous for its temples with many going back to ancient times. This southern state is also a favorite pilgrimage spot for Hindus from all over. Not only will you find huge temples with spectacular sculptures and carvings, but you will also find awe-inspiring carved cave temples, with many being built on top of hills. One wonders why they were built in such remote out-of-the-way areas…. It could be because only the very devout would make the effort to climb up high to offer worship or it could be that meditation and prayers are more sincere when offered in the quiet hills away f...