• Keezhadi Excavation Site

    The Keezhadi village in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu has been witnessing a deluge of curious tourists wanting to be a part of ancient history. The Archeological Society of India has been involved in explorative excavations at 293 sites along the Vaigai River’s banks since 2013. Over 5,300 artifacts have been unearthed pointing to an ancient civilization during the Sangam era that flourished along the river’s banks between 6th BCE and 1st century CE. Some of the recovered artifacts include plain and decorated earthen pots of different sizes, inscribed ceramic shells, bones of agricultu...

  • Traditional Sweets of Tamil Nadu

    When it comes to food from Tamil Nadu, it’s the hot dosas and idlis with lip-smacking sambhars that come to mind. However there is so much more to the cuisine including the savory pongals, mutton parottas and Chettinad chicken preparations, the earthy curries rich with curry leaves and coconut milk and of course, the unforgettable sweets. The decadent desserts of Tamil Nadu are unique and wholesome. Most are healthy preparations that don’t use too much sugar and include healthy proteins like chickpeas and green gram. Here’s a look at some of the yummy traditional sweets of Tamil Nadu. Pa...

  • Athangudi Mansion

    Located around 70km from Trichy in Tamil Nadu, is the Chettinad region comprising of a cluster 76 villages and towns. The largest of these is Karaikudi which is a major educational and tourism hub today. The village of Athangudi is nearby, with around 2,000 inhabitants. This village is famous for its unmatched hand-made Athangudi tiles which have become a trademark of the village. Most of the families here are involved in the production of these durable and eco-friendly tiles made in traditional ornate patterns. Another feature for which Athangudi, and indeed the rest of Chettinad region is ...

  • Tamil Poet Kambar

    The southern state of Tamil Nadu is steeped in culture and religion with Hinduism being the predominant religion here. The state is covered with an unending array of temples dedicated to numerous deities, with many of the temples holding historical and mythological significance. It is also where the medieval Tamil poet Kambar lived around CE 1180-1250. Popularly known by other names including Kamban, he is said to have authored the Ramavataram, the Tamil version of the Ramayana. It was first recited by Kambar in the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple on Srirangam Island in Trichy. During his...

  • 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...

  • An award of excellence

    Kudos to us! Booking.com 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 Booking.com for this prestigious accreditation.

  • 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 ...

  • Chettinad House Designs

    Towards the central region of the southern state of Tamil Nadu lies the culturally-rich Chettinad region. Though Chettinad is well-known for its wonderful cuisine that leaves an awesome bouquet of flavors behind in your memory, there is still a lot more to Chettinad than this.The Nattukottai Chettiars that lived in this region were wealthy traders who travelled throughout south-east Asia during the 18th century in search of commerce. They were connoisseurs of art and brought back articles of great beauty from their journeys. With the wealth they earned, they built massive homes that were lit...

  • Mahaperiyava Miracles

    Kanchipuram is an ancient city located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Kanchi, it is well-known for its temples and is a famous Hindu pilgrimage area. It is also where the great sage Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal served as the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.Fondly known as Mahaperiyava or as the sage of Kanchi, he was considered as a ‘walking god’ by his millions of followers. This was because he had performed countless miracles to provide relief to his devotees who came to him from far and near. According to his devotees, he had ‘...

  • Kamban Mani Mandapam

    The medieval Mahakavi Kamban is one of the few people honored to have a monument named after them. He was a famous Tamil poet who lived circa 1180-1250 AD in Tamil Nadu. Though belonging to a high caste family of priests, he grew up in a wealthy farmer’s home. Being a learned scholar of ancient languages such as Sanskrit and Tamil, Kamban gained fame after writing the Tamil version of the Ramayana epic. Known as the ‘Kamba Ramayana’, it is believed to be one of the greatest epics in the Tamil language, having more than 10,000 poetic songs and is composed of 45,000 lines. He has made a f...