• Chettinad – A Paradise of South Indian Artefacts

    Temples and heritage buildings are certainly part of the itinerary of any Chettinad traveller. Ever wondered what other things make the region special? There is a bewildering array of art and craft forms in the district of Tamil Nadu for the curious eye to see. The Chettiars were and still are people with unique cultural interests that are reflected in their art and architecture. The people of Chettinad have migrated abroad and brought in valuable insights into how the various arts can be developed. Their art is symbolic of this cultural exchange. The assortment of artefacts from the Nagara...

  • Restoring lost splendour – The Hindu’s coverage on Chidambara Vilas winning NDTV heritage architecture award

    Architect T.M. Cyriac, whose firm recently won an award for heritage architecture design, talks about restoration of property and the importance of academic debate on architecture Converting a 110-year-old palatial home into a heritage hotel is not an enviable task, but it is one architect T.M. Cyriac and his team pulled off. And their efforts were rewarded when Cyriac’s firm Environmental Creations bagged top honours in the Heritage Architecture Design category at the inaugural NDTV Design and Architecture of the Year Awards. The firm won the award for its work on Chidambara Vilas, a Chet...

  • Chidambara Vilas Won NDTV Design and Architecture Award, 2014

    We are happy to announce that Chidambara Vilas has won the Heritage Architecture Design of the Year award from NDTV this year. Design and architecture are inseparable components of modern households, hotels and spas. In an effort to recognize the best efforts invested in the architecture industry under different segments, NDTV has now started presenting its first ever Design & Architecture Awards in partnership with GROHE, powered by Autodesk. GROHE, the leading premium brand in the world in sanitary fittings is known for being the founding partner of World Architecture Festival. It is g...

  • Traditional Food of Tamil Nadu

    Traditional Food of Tamil Nadu If there is something that Tamilians like to discuss besides cinema and politics (yea, in that order of priority), it is the food of their state. In fact, there are instances where food and politics are mixed for a heady combination of subsidized meals that have now been introduced in the state! To those ignorant about Tamil Nadu politics; the state has now announced a scheme where meals will be provided for as less as Re. 1. Although dishes like idli, dosa, sambhar and rasam are common throughout the state, it also has its share of regional influences. Some of...

  • Historical Places in Tamil Nadu

    Historical Places in Tamil Nadu The state of Tamil Nadu is seeped in history; both ancient and modern. While some places reflect its cultural history, others reflect its religious history and yet others signify India’s freedom struggle. Here’s a list of some of the top historical places in Tamil Nadu. Tanjore Tanjore is home to the ancient cultural history of the Cholas. The Brihadeeshwara Temple built by Raja Raja Cholan over a 1000 years ago speaks volumes about the power and influence of these kings. Besides the Brihadeeshwara Temple, there’s also the Gangaikondan Choleshwarar T...

  • Karaikudi: A Major Place for Heritage Tourism in Tamil Nadu

    Not until a few years ago, Rajasthan showed us how to truly promote and market heritage tourism. Its success story was soon emulated by other states including Tamil Nadu. Heritage has always been an attracting force in Tamil Nadu. Its countless temples, dance forms, cuisine, festivals have been unique and mesmerizing. And none other than Karaikudi holds the crown for heritage tourism in Tamil Nadu. In fact, this quaint little town is now declared to be a ‘Heritage Town’ by the Government of India. Palatial homes, sumptuous cuisine, intricate wood carvings, are some of things that make th...

  • Places to See and Visit in Pudukkottai

    Pudukkottai was once a princely state under the reign of the Thondaimans, until it merged with India in 1948. Even before the Thondaimans, it is believed that the district witnessed the rule of several dynasties including Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Naickers, and Pandyas. Each of these rulers made several contributions to the state’s landscape. They built temples and forts; many of which are a major tourist attraction for curious heritage tourists. Some of the places to see in Pudukkottai include: a) Sri Kokaraneshwara Temple: This temple is believed to be built by Maharaja Mahendravarma o...

  • Things To Do on a Weekend in Kanadukathan

    There’s plenty to see and do for those who chose to ignore the hot spells that seem to dominate the climate in Sivagangai district. You can either choose to be mesmerized by the splendor and grandeur of the Chettinad Palace or embark on a pilgrimage to the many temples that dot the town. And if you like to get a taste of rural Tamil Nadu visit the many villages in and around Kanadukathan. Die hard foodies can sample scrumptious Chettinad food prepared by the locals. But before you choose to do all of the above, make sure you choose one of the many best hotels in Kanadukathan. The many fa...

  • Chettinad hotel in Pudukkottai – Chidambara Vilas

    Chidambara Vilas luxury heritage hotel is located in Pudukkottai District in the midst of a typical Chettinadu rural setting. The resort that was once a grand mansion was built by T.S. Krishnappa Chettiar more than a century ago. It was recently purchased and refurbished by the Sangam Group of Hotels which manages a chain of heritage hotels in Tamil Nadu. Chettinad mansions which were once a symbol of opulence and wealth of the Chettiar community today stand derelict and covered in a time warp. Some have acknowledged and embraced the changing times by transforming their dilapidated family ma...

  • Planning your stay in Karaikudi – Chidambara Vilas Luxury Heritage Hotel

    Karaikudi is the largest town in Sivagangai district and one among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. Karaikudi is home to the famous Nattukottai Chettairs who’re famous for their huge palatial homes and love for food. Popular tourist attractions around Karaikudi include Pillayarpatti, Kundrakudi, Ariyakudi, Thirumayam Fort, Shanmuganathapuram etc. To explore these places and get a flavour of the local culture, make sure you book a luxury heritage hotel in Karaikudi. Karaikudi located in the Chettinad region is not only famous for its architecture, but also for its hosp...