Karaikudi is a city and a municipality in Sivaganga District in the
Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the largest city in Sivaganga
district, and is known as the capital of Chettinad region, which
comprises Karaikudi and 74 other villages. Chettinad is the homeland of
the Nattukottai Chettiars (Nagarathar) a prosperous banking and business
community, many of whose members migrated to nearby Sri Lanka and
Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Burma, in
the 19th and early 20th centuries. Karaikudi got its name because the
area is famous for the type of houses built with limestone called karai
veedu and also may be due to a plant called Karai which is widely spread
over this area.
Place of Interest
Visit village market at Chandor (Mondays in karaikudi) for palmyra leaf,
basket weaving cotton weaves and see & taste fresh and dried
produce from farms and sea.
Raja Chettined mansion.
9 major Saivite Temples.
Pandye-era general Veerapandyan kottabommans fort.
Firestones and Statues at the rock cut caves of Siddannavasal
Azhagu mess on mayappan ambalam street for traditional chettinad food
Karaikudis Muniswaran kovil street has several antique shops selling
stuff from local home furnitures, lots of junk, glass objects, glass
with art works etc.