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… Read more »

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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.… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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Things to do in Chettinad

Chettinad is that rustic region in Tamil Nadu that has a unique history dating back to the nineteenth century. Currently comprising of 73 villages and 2 towns located over an area of 1,550 sq km in the Sivaganga district of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Though a visit would leave you a little speechless… Read more »

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Popular temples in Tamil Nadu

It would be wrong to call the southern state of Tamil Nadu as the cradle of Hinduism, but at first glance, with the numerous temples located at every street corner, that is the impression one gets! It’s no wonder then that Tamil Nadu is known as the ‘Land of temples’ with over 33,000 ancient temples… Read more »

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History of the Nattukottai Chettiars

Many historical myths, legends, folklores and events have been lost in the Indian history due to improper recordings, thereby creating confusions and doubts. However, as far the Nattukottai Chettiars or the Nattukottai Nagarathars are concerned, there is still enough evidence available to trace back their history to the times of the Chola rule in the… Read more »

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Chettiar Mansions of Tamil Nadu

The Chettiars refers to the ancient Nattukottai Chettiars of the state of Tamil Nadu who formed a formidably rich community during the nineteenth century and their mansions stand testimony to their wealth even today. The Chettinad region where they were settled comprised of 96 settlements, out of which only 73 villages and two towns exist… Read more »

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The History of Chettinad Architecture

The architecture of a region is directly linked to the culture of its people as well as the climatic conditions and natural resources. The Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu covers an area of about 1,550 sq km that is semi-arid in nature and home to about 74 villages that currently comprise the diminishing Chettiar community.… Read more »

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