A must visit for every serious traveller, the Chettinad region stretches about 80 square kilometres and has seventy six villages under it and is deep inside Tamil Nadu State of India. Rich in Heritage, Culture, Cuisine, Architecture and Art, Chettinad will dazzle you unlike any destination you have ever visited.
The Legacy of Chettinad is preserved in its palatial hotels of bewitching sizes, scale and grand architecture, not seen anywhere else in the world! The Chettiars were excellent businessmen and that took them to the far east, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and even Ceylon & Vietnam; where their natural & strong business instincts contributed to the economic development of these countries. They sent their fortunes back home to Chettinad which funded their exuberant lifestyles.
Architecture: PALATIAL, PERIOD.
“Chettinad architecture stands out for its use of large spaces in halls and courtyards, ornate embellishments like Belgian glasswork, intricate woodwork, spectacular ceramic tiles, stone, iron and wooden pillars, together creating an indigenous amalgam of traditional Indian architecture and various European styles.”
Cuisine: ANY OCCASION IS REASON FOR A CHETTIAR FEAST
“Chettiar hospitality is legendary. A stranger is welcomed, a guest is fussed over and any occasion is reason for a feast. It is this lavish everyday spread that has made Chettinad a culinary experience across the world.”
Culture: COLLECTIVE ACT OF WORSHIP
“The central theme of Chettinad culture is worship and every Chettinad village has at least one temple, while some have four or even five. Each temple has its annual festival, called ‘tiruvila’ which is attended by the entire vilage in an act of collective worship. The Chettinad calender is filled with various other festivals through out the year.”
Allow us to take you back to a time of grandeur and unapologetic display of extravaganza – Chettinad is beyond royalty.
Pictures & Content Courtesy –The Bangala, Karaikudi