• Village and Countryside of Chettinad

    In all its history and splendor, Chettinad is a quintessential South Indian village located snugly between the cities of Madurai and Trichy. Being the ancestral city of Nattukottai Chettiars, who were a respectable community of bankers and traders, Chettinad has all the charm and rustic feel of a city that stays comfortably away from the buzzing cities of the modern South India and its unrelenting hustle bustles.Chettinad is in every way the perfect ancient village that everyone wants to spend some time visiting. It has a clearly distinguishable culture, several beautiful temples, unique mans...

  • Weaver’s Colony Karaikudi

    Chettinad is one of those rare places that attract people not for its natural beauty but for the culture, the architecture and the food that the place offers. Traditionally the home land of the Nattukottai Chettiars, Chettinad will never disappoint you; the colorful and vibrant culture, the magnificent mansions and the pot-and-pan adventure will all etch deep in your heart even after you have long bid adieu to this vibrant yet soothing hamlet in Southern Tamil Nadu.As the Chettiars were a group of people who loved art, architecture and craft, their way of life is defined through these; from t...

  • Villages of Chettinad

    Rustic mansions and dust-clad intersections are what greet tourists when they first encounter Chettinad. And, if you think Chettinad is only as good as the first impression, prepare to surprise yourself over and over again. Chettinad is the home to a once-affluent business community that lived quiet harmoniously between two buzzing cities of Tamil Nadu; Trichy and Madurai. Of course, there is much more to Chettinad and its cultural heritage than meets the eyes.Villages in Chettinad offer everything to make a visit worthwhile; from beautiful museums to the glorious mansions, elaborate carvings...

  • Food Culture of Chettinad

    Celebrated across the country, Tamil Nadu boasts of a vibrant variety of delicacies that simmer in its kitchens. Ranging from simple pappads, upmas  and pachadis to mouth-watering dosas, idlis, uthapams and spicy curries, their cuisine is unforgettable.And when you progress a little into its hinterlands and get to sample the dishes from their Chettinad region, the effect is spell-binding! The word ‘Chettinad’ refers to a social caste that specializes in the preparation of food, thus making Chettiars excellent master chefs. The Chettinad region comprises of 76 villages and 2 towns in the...

  • Legacy of Athangudi Tiles

    Athangudi is a small rustic village located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu state. It has a population of about 2,000 people and is famous for its tiles, woodwork and Chettinad food. Most of the families living here are involved in this trade which is famous for their use of eco-friendly materials and minimal use of resources and energy.These ethnic hand-made floor tiles are durable and follow traditional floral or geometrical patterns. Though methods of tile production have become mechanized, these special tiles are still following the age-old tradition of being hand-made in simple c...

  • Places to Visit around Karaikudi

    Karaikudi is a town in Sivagangai district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is the bastion of the old Chettinad culture that includes spectacular mansions and a magnificent lifestyle. The Chettiar community made their money in trading with other south-eastern countries and later went into the banking and finance sector; in fact, they are known as the founders of the modern banking system in India and were essential to the economy of South India in their own time during the 19nth and 20th centuries. Though the community was very vast and powerful in its heydays, it’s currently only l...

  • Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Statue

    Born on 30th October 1908 in Pasumpon in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, he was named as Ukkirapandi Muthuramalinga Thevar. He was an enlightened spirit who was a nationalist at heart and a revered political and spiritual leader. Interestingly, he was born and died on the same day at the age of 55 years. His childhood was full of upheavals as his mother died before the age of one and his father remarried many times; this lead to his being brought up by his maternal grandmother. He was unable to complete his education due to various prevailing factors and he started delving into po...

  • Heritage Tourism in India

    India is famous the world over for its rich heritage and ancient culture. The country’s cultural diversity and glorious history attracts millions of tourists each year to visit its numerous heritage sites scattered throughout its lands. India’s rich heritage is amply magnified by the numerous monuments, temples, forts and palaces that bear testimony to a glorious bygone era. The most popular heritage site that every person knows about is of course the Taj Mahal and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This huge monument is entirely made of white marble with exquisitely designed inlay...

  • Heritage Sites in Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu is one of the four Dravidian states of southern India with a known continuous cultural history of at least 4,000 years. This magnificent peninsular state is home to some of the country’s most remarkable temple architecture and a marvelous living tradition of music, dance and various art forms. Tamil Nadu is also famed for its historical temple towns, scenic hill stations, numerous waterfalls, national wildlife parks and a lip-smacking cuisine. In fact, a perfect holiday getaway!This southern state is home to a number of heritage sites that are mainly composed of intricately desig...

  • Cultural Destinations in India

    Karaikudi is a town in Sivagangai district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is the bastion of the old Chettinad culture that includes spectacular mansions and a magnificent lifestyle. The Chettiar community made their money in trading with other south-eastern countries and later went into the banking and finance sector; in fact, they are known as the founders of the modern banking system in India and were essential to the economy of South India in their own time during the 19nth and 20th centuries. Though the community was very vast and powerful in its heydays, it’s currently only l...