• The Traditional Utensils of Chettinad

    The cuisine of Chettinad has established itself as a worthy opponent to be reckoned with among the various other dishes of India. The old rustic charm of the Chettinad region and its multitude of palatial mansions are not the only reasons why the rich Chettiars of the state of Tamil Nadu became so famous; their aromatic cuisine is something worth trying out at least once in your lifetime, and once you have tried it out, you will only want more! It’s believed that the cuisine is made special by the fact that they use freshly roasted and stone-ground spices for each meal prepared by the ‘ac...

  • The Antique Shops of Chettinad

    The town of Karaikudi is located in the hinterland of Tamil Nadu and is a three-hour ride from either Madurai or Trichy where the nearest airports are located. This town along with its surrounding dwellings makes up the Chettinad region. The Chettiars are a trading community that was initially located along the eastern port city of Poompuhar where they traded in salt with the Chola kings till the 13nth century. They then migrated inland but the reason isn’t clear; some have postulated that the relocation was due to persecution while others claim it was due to a tsunami that destroyed the po...

  • Paavakka Maanga Kulambu Recipe

    The cuisines found in the vast country India are dependent on the culture and religion of each region. The cuisines are also dependent on the unique locally available cooking ingredients. Take the southern part of India for example, you are bound to find coconuts added in most of their dishes as these can be found growing abundantly here. Of course, there is always the aspect of outside influence bearing in on the local cuisine; this influence could be due the colonial era or to the effect of ancient trading partners who influenced the taste buds of our earlier food connoisseurs. Of course wit...

  • The Temples of Karaikudi

    Karaikudi is a quaint heritage town in the Chettinad area of the Sivaganga district of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is famous for its magnificent limestone mansions and derives its name from the thorny ‘karai’ plant that grows there; it was established in the nineteenth century and the oldest structure existing there today is the Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman temple. Karaikudi is the bastion of the famous Chettinad culture, its mouth-watering cuisine and the captivating magnificent mansions with their gleaming egg white and lime painted walls. The community here is mainly business-orie...

  • The Gods of Chettinad

    If one were to describe Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India, it would be aptly called the land of endless number of awe-inspiring temples with such amazing history attached to each one of them. Even as the numbers of Gods in Hindu mythology are numerous, so are the numbers of temples dedicated to them. Some gods have numerous forms and go by multiple names; others have amazing vehicles or mounts like the tiger for Durga, peacock for Laxmi and the bull for Shiva.We live in a universe that is awfully vast and deeply humbling when we truly realize what it represents. So are the amazing gods in...

  • The Chettinad Climate

    The Chettinad Climate Chettinad is a region in the heart of Tamil Nadu inhabited by about 11,000 Chettiars, spread out over two sleepy towns and 73 villages. The population was much higher in the earlier century, but due to migration to Chennai as well as other regions of south-east Asia, the population has come down. Chettinad is famous for its cuisine as well as its rich cultural heritage and outstanding architectural designs. The Chettiars were mainly merchants who traveled round quite a bit due to their profession, and the richer they were, the bigger the mansions they built back home...

  • Delicious Sura Puttu!

    The traditional dishes of Chettinad leave an indelible mark on the mind which cannot be overcome by any other cuisine in India. The secret lies in the spices being used; they are always freshly roasted and ground for each dish making them so aromatic and tasty! Chettinad is a small town about 85 km from Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. At least once in a lifetime, you must make it to Chettinad and try out their original cuisine. Getting there is easy; set up camp in one of the numerous hotels in either Trichy, which is 75km from Chettinad, or in Madurai, tour the numerous delightful temple...

  • Chettinad cuisine – Kara Kuzhambu

    The Chettinad way of life revolves around really spicy and fragrant foods that arouse the senses like no other cuisine can! This quaint little town is located about 85km away from the temple city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. It’s easily accessible by both road and rail while the nearest airports are in Madurai and Trichy. A spicy tamarind dish, Kara Kuzhambu is an everyday lunch dish in Tamil Nadu that is served as an accompaniment to steaming rice. This recipe can be easily adapted to the vegetables available at home or even to non-veg sometimes! With the hurry-burry modern lifestyle of nuc...

  • Kundrakudi Murugan Temple- stuff of legends!

    Madurai is known as the temple town of Tamil Nadu; it’s the place to visit for those who are history and ancient culture buffs. The ancient sculptures, beautiful architecture as well as the entrancing legends that go along with the temple history are a great way of learning about civilization as well as the oldest religion of the world – Hinduism. The Kundrakudi Murugan temple, also known as the Shanmughanathar temple, sits atop a hill in the village of Kundrakudi near the city of Madurai, India. The easiest way to access it is by road after reaching Madurai either by road, rail or air. ...

  • The Chettinad way of Life

    Chettinad is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, about 85km away from the famed temple town of Madurai. A trip to this rural destination reveals the heritage mansion homes of the Chettiars who were shrewd business men that traded in almost everything ranging from common salt to gems with countries like Burma, Singapore and Malaysia. Much of their incomes went into building grand mansions that were built during the 19nth and 20th century. However, by the mid-twentieth century, most of the Chettiars moved to the capital Chennai for better prospects and left their intricately designed man...