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Chettinad Tourism

Situated in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad was initially ruled by Ramnad kingdom of Pandya Nadu. The word "Chetti" literally means wealthy. Home to the community of Nattukottai Chettiars, this town is known for its heritage, artefacts and the grand architecture. The divine Dravidian architecture will keep you awestruck. It comprises of plush wood furnishings and ceramic collections that gives them the gravitas of ancient times. There are various temples placed here and usually have a South Indian architecture that is only exclusive here and not in the other parts of the country. 

Chettinad is well known for its magnificent mansions, cuisine and temples. One must experience the culinary delicacies of this place as they provide a blast of flavour in every food you order. Chettinad cuisine is one of the most famous cuisines in the country.  The demographics of Chettinad comprises of one small town, Karaikudi and a cluster of 96 surrounding villages. Chettinad will leave you with a memorable experience with its rich history, culture and cuisine.




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The Town of Culture, Heritage and Cuisine.

Chettinad is rich in culture and heritage. It showcases the culture and lifestyle of Tamil Nadu. The amazing dance forms of South India such as Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam are all witnessed around this place. Chettinad still has the remnants of the past and still glorifies the historic nature of the small town. Chettinad is the homeland of Natukottai Chettiar. The Chettiars are known to be pioneers of banking. 

How to reach

Chettinad doesn't have its own airport however it is well connected to all parts of Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport to Chettinad is at Tiruchirapalli. From here one can always rent a car or hire a taxi to reach Chettinad.

How to Reach by Flight

There are two nearest airports to Chettinad, on in Tiruchirapalli and the other in Madurai(Madurai International Airport). The former is 20 km away from Chettinad. Cars and cabs are easily available from both these airports.

How to Reach by Train

Chettinad railway station is well connected to the town and other parts of the state. The nearest railway station is Tiruchirapalli railway station from where cars are easily available to travel to the town.

How to Reach by Bus

Buses are available from Madurai and Tiruchirapalli that travel to Chettinad. Regular buses ply to and from the city.

How to Reach by Road

The roads to Chettinad are well maintained thus making the drive easy and comfortable. Cars and taxis are easily available to travel to the city.

How to travel within

Chettinad is a small town with all types of road transport available. Taxis, cabs and rickshaws can be frequently seen in front of temples. Buses are also available to commute to and from the town.

Palette of Chettinad

Chettinad cuisine is a pleasure to the mouth and the eyes alike. The beautiful culinary delicacies will keep your mouth watering for more. Some of the famous dishes available here are Ukkarai, Kandarappam, Karupatti Paniyaram and Chicken Chettinad.

Chettinad Itinerary

DAY 1:

- Visit the ancient rock-cut cave shrine at Karpaka Vinayakar Temple

- Visit Chettiar Clan Temple located right at the heart of the town

- Chettiar Mansion for its beautiful architecture.

-Visit the Chettinad Palace situated near the Adyar river banks.

-Visit Vairavan Kovil temple.

-Enjoy the delicacies that town has to offer.

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