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Chettinad Travel Guide

Enjoy a tour to Chettinad, famously referred to as the Land of Chettiars - the richest merchant families in Tamil Nadu.


Chettinad At a Glance
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  • Area :N.A
  • Geo Location:South
  • Average Climate:20 °C - 30 °C
  • Best time to visit:October - March
  • STD Code:04561

Introduction

 Chettinad is decked with plush wood furnishings and ceramic collections from across the globe, reminiscent of the grand architectural style of the ancient times. During a tour to Chettinad, visitors should not miss out on shopping. Right from antiques to cotton sarees, Chettinad in Tamil Nadu offers a shopping experience to remember with great delight.

Tourist attractions

Some of the famous tourist attractions to visit during a tour to Chettinad are -

  • Kamban Mani Mandapam : This edifice was constructed in honor of late Tamil poet Kavi Chakravarthy Kamban and many literary programs are conducted here annually.
  • Kaviarsar Kannadhasan Mani Mandapam: It has a museum with a stunning collection of artifacts including traditional jewelry, attires, huge copper vats and grain bins.
  • Periya Minor's Veedu: Replete with a Spanish tiled roof, Italian floor tiles and carved teak pillars, this impressive mansion simples awes it visitors.
  • Sri Meenakshi Sundaeswarar Temple: This temple in Devakottai is renowned for the 108 statues of Vinayak.
  • Athangudi: You can learn the art of making and drying handmade patterned terracotta tiles by visiting a tile factory in Athangudi.

Climate

The best time to visit Chettinad is between the months of October and March.

How to reach Chettinad

  • By air: The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport (90 km).
  • By rail: The main railway station is located at Karaikudi, which connects Chettinad with Chennai and other major cities in Tamil Nadu.
  • By road: Karaikudi, located near Chettinad, is well connected by national highways 45 and 210 with cities like Madurai, Trichy, Tanjore and Chennai.

Accommodation

During a tour to Chettinad, guests can stay at some fine hotels that offer a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity to ensure a comfortable stay. The Bangala and Hotel Chettinad Mansion are some fine examples.