The dream-land of Chettinad, with majestic temples and palatial country
forts crammed with priceless artifacts, is a prime destination for
Heritage tourists. The vast tourism potential of Chettinad is one of the
least exploited. The delectable Chettinad cuisine, made with freshly
ground hot and spicy masalas, has every kind of delicacies to tantalize
your palatal desires. Karaikudi, the capital of Chettinad, lies in the
Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu.
As the wealthy Chettiars prospered as great traders, they started
building extravagant houses akin to small forts and filled them with all
sorts of priceless artifacts. Chettinad bungalows are packed with
intricately carved woodwork, exquisite chandeliers, Victorian furniture,
Burmese lacquerware, Swedish enamelware, Belgian glassware, magnificent
silverware etcetera, standing witness to the power and wealth of these
great traders. Chettinad is also a place for beautiful handlooms and
intricately made gold and diamond jewellery. One can have great bargains
here on antique furniture, old paintings and other valuable artifacts.
Place of Interest
Kunakudi, Nemam and Pillayarpetti temples
Kamban Mani Mandapam museum
Art gallery ( Kaviasar Kannadhasan Mani Mandapam )
Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple
Best Time To Visit
November to February.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at a distance of 90 km in Madurai.