Planning your stay in Karaikudi – Chidambara Vilas Luxury Heritage Hotel

On July 31, 2013

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 hospitality. Men and women welcome you as if God himself has bestowed his presence. Women folk enthusiastically offer to serve lunch or dinner…even if you happen to visit unannounced. Every mother takes pride in passing on this art to her daughter or daughter-in-law.

Times have changed and so have the occupants in these old mansions. They have moved on and settled in far-off cities and even abroad. But the hospitality hasn’t changed. Taking the beacon ahead are the new and classy luxury heritage hotels in Karaikudi. One such hotel is the Chidambara Vilas.

Built in 1884, this grand mansion was built on a plot gifted by the Maharaja of Pudukottai. The fact that the Chettiars who built this place were abundantly wealthy is revealed from the Burmese imported wood, mirrors and lights imported from Belgium, Italian tiles… and several other priceless art and artifacts that adorn every nook and cranny of Chidambara Vilas.

Visiting Chidambara Vilas
This boutique hotel is located at Ramachandrapuram at Kadiapatti- a quaint little village on the fringes of Karaikudi. Just mention TSK House (named so after its former owner) and any local can guide you to the place. If you’re travelling by plane, Trichy and Madurai are the closest airports. The Thirumayam, Pudukottai and Karaikudi railway stations are also within short driving distance from the place. You can even ask the hotel staff to arrange pick up and drop facilities from the airport or railway station.

Must See and Must Do

This one deserves a full length article in itself. But just to explain in brief, make sure you;

  • Visit the tile making factory at Athangudi
  • Visit the handloom factories that make the famous Chettinadu handloom saree.
  • Buy homemade Chettinadu masala, kaimurukku, cheedai and many other savories
  • Visit the antique market that sells everything from Burmese lacquer ware, brass vessels and lamps, antique Thanjavur temple jewelry, and lots more.
  • Visit the many forts in and around Karaikudi
  • Visit the many temples in and around Karaikudi

This list is endless….as I said, this subject deserves a full length article of its own!