Travel to Chettinad



Chettinad Tourism



The city of Chettinad is situated in the southern part of TamilNadu in the district of Sivaganga. The name of Chettinad comes from the famous Nattukottai Chettiar community who inhabit this region. They are well known for the background in banking and business. Though many members of this community had earlier migrated to different Southeast Asian countries presently many members of this community are also settled in many western countries as well.

Chettinad is an interesting place to travel to whether you are an antiquarian or a tourist. Chettinad is famous as the land of Chettiars, the wealthiest merchant families in Tamil Nadu.

The Chettinad houses with lavish furnishings - woodwork and collection of ceramic collections from across the globe still reflect the opulence of the bygone era.

Chettinad is famous for its tourist attractions -the traditional palaces and mansions that will help one to reconstruct the simple yet classy life of the wealthy Chettiar community of Tamil Nadu. Some of the interesting tourist attractions in Chettinad are the museums-the Kamban Mani Mandapam and the Kaviarsar Kannadhasan Mani Mandapam, both built in honor of late poet-laureates. The latter has a museum with an amazing collection of artifacts -traditional jewellery, clothing, huge copper vats and grain bins. Excursions from Chettinad can be made to Devakottai in Chettinad region. The streets of Devakottai afford one the pleasure of walking through a typical Chettiar lane lined with old Chettinad mansions, the most famous being Periya Minor's Veedu complete with Spanish tiled roof, Italian floor tiles and carved teak pillars. The Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Devakottai is famous for the 108 statues of Vinayak.

How to Reach Chettinad

Chettinad in Tamilnadu synonymous with its distinctive Chettinad cuisine. For an authentic taste of Chettinad food, what better choice than go to Chettinad. One can reach Chettinad by air, rail and road and enjoy the cuisine and the tourist attractions in Chettinad.

By Air

The nearest airport is Madurai, which is 90 kms from Chettinad.One can take direct flights from Madurai to Chennai

By Rail

Karaikudi is the main railway station, which connects Chettinad with Chennai and other major cities in TamilNadu.

By Road

Karaikudi is well connected by the national highways 45 and 210 with Madurai, Trichy, Tanjore and Chennai.

Shopping in Chettinad

Shopping in Chettinad will be a delight for an antiquarian and a tourist alike. Chettinad is famous as the land of Chettiars, the wealthiest merchant families in Tamil Nadu.The Chettinad houses with lavish furnishings - woodwork and collection of ceramic collections from across the globe still reflect the opulence of the bygone era.

While shopping in Chettinad you will be overwhelmed by the large number of antique shops and the range of antiques-from mugs and bowls from Czechoslovakia to bamboo boxes from Burma.Chettinad is the place where you can buy exquisite antique furniture as home decor. It is an added advantage if you are an expert in wood.

Unique items you can pick up while shopping in Chettinad will be antique record players and telephones, face cream and hair promenade from UK perhaps a century old, ago and chinaware and wooden chests from China.Muneeswaran street is the place to look out for antique shopping in Chettinad.

Fabric shopping is also interesting while in Chettinad because it is the home of the world-famous Chettinad cotton. Saris and dress materials can be bought from MM street lined with shops or the weaver's lane where it will be fascinating to buy cloth straight off the loom. If you visit the weekly markets, you may find interesting hand products like cane and bamboo baskets.

Places to Visit in Chettinad
  • Athmanathaswamy Temple
  • Chettiar Clan Temple
  • Karpagavinayagar Temple


Last Updated on : January 13, 2014









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