• 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...

  • Chettinad-Style Interior Decoration

    The Chettinad region comprises of 74 villages located close to Trichy in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. While the flavorsome cuisine of the Chettinad region is famous all over the country, the Chettinad style of architecture and interior decoration is spellbinding as well.The landowning Nattukottai Chettiars who lived here in the last century were merchants who traveled far and wide in search of commerce. With the wealth they earned, they bought things of great beauty and used them in the huge mansions that they built back home. These mansions were built on a luxurious scale from anywhere ...

  • Kundrakudi Murugan Temple

    The Chettinad region located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu is dotted with numerous awe-inspiring temples that could interest connoisseurs of history, culture and architecture of yore. The Kundrakudi Murugan temple (also known as Shanmughanathar temple) is one such fine example built during the 8th century under the Pandyan Empire. This ancient temple is a typical representation of fine Dravidian architecture and has a grand five-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway) that rises to a majestic 16.5m height. It is encrusted with numerous intricately carved sculptures that tell their own interest...

  • Chettiar Clan Temples

    Located within the heart of the southern state of Tamil Nadu is the famous Chettinad region which falls within the Sivagangai and Pudukottai districts. True to the tradition of Tamil Nadu being known as the land of temples;, the Nagarathar (also known as Chettiars) community who lived here were ardent Vishnu worshipers. They built many temples including 9 major clan temples. Each of the more than 93 settlements and more that existed here earlier, each was associated with a clan temple.Every temple had its own set of rules and with religious activities being a mainstay of the people, the temple...

  • Then Tirupati Ariyakudi Perumal Kovil

    The southern state of Tamil Nadu is known as the land of temples and the Chettinad region located in its heartland is no less. There are numerous famous temples here with the then Tirupati Ariyakudi Perumal Kovil being one of the outstanding ones. This 500 year-old-temple is located in Ariyakudi and is the biggest Vishnu temple in the Chettinad region which includes the Sivaganaga and Pudukottai districts. The temple is also believed to be one of the earthly homes of Lord Balaji. The presiding deity here is Lord Venkatachalapathi (also known as Thiruvenkatamudaiyaan) and has been brought fro...