• Famous Chettinad Dishes

    The Chettinad community is tucked away in a corner of Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu and is famous for its taste buds-tickling cuisine as well as its amazing heritage homes. The Nagarthar Chettiars of Chettinad travelled far and wide over the south-east Asian countries and their traditional cuisine has picked up elements from these countries and fused them most amazingly with their own. Every dish offered by the Chettinad cuisine is vivacious, vibrant and vivid in all its flavours. The cuisine is celebrated across the country with every dish being a masterpiece in its own right. Generally ...

  • Reasons to Visit Mahabalipuram

    For travel enthusiasts, Mahabalipuram makes the ideal destination as there is something here to interest every kind of tourist. The best part of this temple town is that it is relatively untouched by the vulgarity of commercialization and still retains its pure cultural heritage. The town is located about 60km away from the bustling city of Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal and makes an ideal weekend getaway for residents of the capital city. Mahabalipuram is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and is well connected by a network of roads as well as by rail. The serene ambience, anci...

  • Brahadambal Temple

    Pudukkottai district is home to many ancient monuments, many of which are temples of unbelievable beauty. The Brahadambal temple is one such gem and is located in Thirukokarnam, a small town that is about 5km away from Pudukkottai city in Tamil Nadu. This temple is known by various other names including Kokarneswarar, Gokarneswarar and Thirugokarnam temple.The uniqueness of this rock-cut temple lies in its being one of the oldest temples in south India dating back to the 7th century AD. It is believed to have been built by the Pallava dynasty King Mahendravarma 1 and is still functional today...

  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple

    The Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple, also known as the Brihadeeswarar temple is considered among the largest temples in the country and is a fine example of Dravidian architecture during the Chola era. It is located in Gangaikonda Cholapuram in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The temple is believed to have been built in 1035 AD by King Rajendra Chola 1, son of King Raja Raja Chola who built the original, much larger Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and he is worshipped here in the form of a lingam which is 18 feet wide and 13 feet...

  • Thirumayam Fort in Pudukkottai District

    In ancient days, it was a common practice to build forts to protect ones’ territories and subjects from invasions. Such a fort exists in the town of Thirumayam, situated along the Pudukkottai-Karaikudi highway just a short distance away from the city of Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu. Pudukkottai is famous for its historical temples, Sittannavasal paintings and ancient monuments. The Thirumayam Fort is believed to have been built in 1687 AD by the Raja of Ramnad, Sethupathy Vijaya Ragunatha Thevar. He later handed over the fort to his brother-in-law, Ragunatha Raya Tondaiman. The fort has an in...

  • Sittannavasal Paintings in Pudukkottai

    The Sittannavasal cave is a rock-cut temple or monastery that’s also known as Arivar Koil. It is part of a 2nd century complex of Jain temples located in the Sittannavasal village of Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the word Sittannavasal literally translates to ‘abode of the great saints’. The temple is famous in India for its magnificent mural paintings dating back to the 7th century. These paintings are considered to be among the best paintings of medieval era India and are second only to the paintings in the Ajanta Caves and Bagh Caves. The Sittanavasal village can be ...

  • History of the Nattukottai Nagarathar Community

    Also known as the Nattukottai Chettiars, the Nattukottai Nagarathars are believed to have settled in Kaviripoom Pattinam, also known as Poombugar, a coastal city during the 2nd century AD of the Chola Empire. They were basically traders with great business acumen and dealt with gems, silks, pearls, spices and salt. Early records show that this community travelled to Colombo in 1805, to Penang, Singapore in 1824, to Moulmein in Burma in 1852 and to Mandalay in Myanmar in 1885. Some of the other countries visited include Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and established money...

  • History of Pudukkottai

    Pudukkottai district was carved out of Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur districts and forms one of the smaller districts of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It has an area of 4,661 sq km and a coastline of about 39km. The region has a traumatic history as it was the site of many wars waged by kingdoms of the past that ruined its economy and brought misery to the inhabitants. Interestingly the villages here have ancient foundations and are strongly believed to have been home to prehistoric mankind. This is by virtue of the unearthing of numerous artefacts and a large number of burial sites in th...

  • Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

    Ekambareswarar temple is one of the five Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Kanchipuram in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The five Shiva temples represent a primordial natural element – water, ether, fire, wind – with the Ekambareswarar temple representing earth. This vast temple is famous for its huge ‘Gopuram’ which dominates the skyline of the temple town of Kanchipuram. This town is among the seven most important pilgrimage centres in India and attracts numerous tourists. The temple gains further significance as it’s historically among the most ancie...

  • The Story behind the Chettinad Wooden Pillars

    Gone are the days when the Nattukottai Chettiars of the famous Chettinad region lived like royalty in their huge mansion-like homes with numerous luxurious rooms, opulently carved teak front doors and pillars, and walls that gleamed like silk even in the dim light. The homes boasted of highly embellished multiple central courtyards and décor that was collected from various countries and bespoke the owner’s wealth.This banking and trading community has been in existence for more than two thousand years now. Earlier they lived along the coast, but after being insulted by one of the Chola dy...