Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary

More and more people are moving into the concrete jungles of the cities to find work and make a living. But moving away from nature comes at a cost; there is something about the vibrant green and blue shades of nature that beckon us and keeps our mind calm and at peace, but its absence… Read more »

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Best Chettinad Cuisines

In the heart of Tamil Nadu, there are 74 sleepy villages in the Sivaganga and Pudukottai districts that make up the famous Chettinad region. The rich traders of the yesteryears who resided here are known as the Nattukottai Chettiars and were traders, merchants as well as bankers. Their calculative specialties are reflected in their cuisine… Read more »

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Chidambara Vilas: A Heritage address that surpasses time! – Voyager’s World

Chidambara Vilas as described by the Voyager’s World magazine; a popular subscription of leading travel agents and tour operators in India and abroad. Chidambara Vilas, stands regally as the quintessential model of a Chettinad house, bearing testimony to the sophisticated lifestyle led by the Nagarathars or the Naattukottai Chettiars, who were one of the earliest… Read more »

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The Unique Hand-made Athangudi Tiles

Chettinad is that part of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that’s so rich in culture and heritage; amongst a plethora of other things, the region is famous for its lip-smacking cuisine as well as its magnificent mansions fit for hosting royalty… The earlier Nagarathar Chettiar communities were mainly mercantile traders who travelled far and… Read more »

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Architectural Features of Chettinad Houses

In the heart of Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India, there exists a semi-arid area of about 1,550 sq Km that is known as the Chettinad region. It is currently occupied by about 110,000 Chettiars spread out over two towns and 73 villages. These Chettiars belong to a wealthy clan of traders and financiers… Read more »

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The Graceful Kaandangi Handloom Saris

The Indian sari or saree is one of the world’s oldest unstitched garments still in existence; though the way of draping it has changed over the years, it still considered one of the most graceful and modest garments around that are designed to keep one comfortable even in the heat, while hiding the wearers curve… Read more »

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The Magnificent Mansions of Chettinad

The affluent Nagarathar Chettiars were a business community of the Chettinad region which comprises of the quaint town of Karaikudi and its surrounding villages. It’s believed to have been formed in the 1800s and is recognized as a heritage town of Tamil Nadu. This business-minded community had extended their influence over the seas by the… Read more »

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Recreation at the Mukkombu Dam

There is something about the blues and greens of flowing water that attracts and soothes our minds as we gaze at its twinkling flight downstream. The large expanse of green surroundings usually found around water bodies is also another source of balm to our city-bred eyes that need a change from the concrete-walled structured life… Read more »

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Paal Pongal – An essential of Pongal Festival

The middle of January heralds in the famed Pongal festival of Tamil Nadu that is celebrated over a period of four days, with each day having its own set of unique activities. The foods prepared on these days are special and cooked using the newly harvested rice, the staple food of Tamil Nadu, a state… Read more »

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Chettinad’s Bounty of Arts and Crafts

The Chettiars of Tamil Nadu, also known as the Nagarathars had a special knack of turning everything they touched into gold; their business acumen was visible even as far back as the 17nth century when they became established salt traders while they were settled along the eastern coast of India. Due to some catastrophic events,… Read more »

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