Chettinad - Tamil Nadu

Discover Chettinad

Chettinad is a region in Tamil Nadu steeped in grandeur and history. It comprises of 75 villages, built in the 19th century by the Chettiar traders, who made their fortune in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. They spared no expense building thousands of mansions for their community boasting wide courtyards and palatial rooms furnished with Italian marble and Burmese teak. Chettinad is also known for its ornate temples, each of which has its own oorani, a water tank where lilies are grown for holy rituals.

Things to do in Chettinad

  • Marvel at the 19th century marble and teak mansions built out of limestone – rumour has it the smooth texture of the walls come from an egg white polish!
  • Visit Chettinad ornate temples each have an oorani, a water tank where water lilies are grown and used for holy rituals and discover the Terracotta Horses at Ayyanar Temple
  • Enjoy watching craftsmen at work – Chettinad is a place to discover brightly coloured and patterned crafts, from Aathangudi tiles which are handmade by using local soil and glass plates to traditional kandaangi cotton saris.
  • Chettinad is a true foodie delight, with its aromatic and subtle cuisine being renown in Tamil Nadu. Expect an abundance of spice, fresh ground masalas, sundried meat and salted vegetables. The sticky red rice pudding is a must! While in chettinad why not enjoy a culinary demonstration
  • Go back in time and take a bullock cart ride
  • Visit a local market

The best way to see Chettinad

If you would like to visit Chettinad, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com for more information.