Pepper: A spice that changed the history of South India

Pepper is now just one of those spices used to pep up your salad or curry. Not so long ago though, the humble peppercorns were bought by their weight in gold! The story of pepper is intrinsically connected to the history and economy of the ancient Tamil country (Sangam era: 200 BCE – 200 CE)… Read more »

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Chettinad Weddings: An Affair Of Good Food And Community Living

Every Chettiar household would be planning at least one of their child’s wedding to be held in the family house; registered at a village temple. And marriage is the grandest celebration in a Chettiar family. The least period of the celebration is three days, otherwise it can well extend into a full-fledged six-day affair of… Read more »

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Weddings Chettinad style

Chettiyar weddings are a grand and elaborate affair and can span for up to three days or more, punctuated with various interesting rituals. Every Nagarathar marriage has to be approved and registered in the respective groom’s temple. Once approved,a garland is delivered to the bride’s home on behalf of the temple authorities on the wedding… Read more »

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The Architectural grandeur of Chettinad homes

The magnificent mansions in Chettinad reflect a confluence of vernacular architecture & a blend of South East & European architectural styles. This region comprises a great number of striking “Art Deco” style houses built in the 1940 or 50’s (also called “French Art Deco”). Karaikkudi has an important Art-Deco quarter, which includes the Thousand Windows… Read more »

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Get The Basics Of Chettinad Cuisine With ‘Chettinad Paste’

Chettinad cuisine is as rich and colourful as its cultural legacy. The mélange of flavours prepared by the people of Chettinad, carries the tales of enterprising Chettiars who have travelled across Sri Lanka, South East Asia and Europe for trade and commerce. Perhaps the spiciest of all South Indian recipes, Chettinad cuisine has some exotic… Read more »

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Important People from Chettinad Who Have Shaped History

How many of us know that Chettinad is more than just tasty cuisines and bright colours of art? Can you name some of the famous Chettinad people who contributed greatly to our country? If your answer is no, then this article will prove as a good introduction for you to famous Chettinad personalities. Chettinad is… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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