Homeland of Nattukottai Chettairs, this town in Tamil Nadu is home to some extravagant palaces that were built to keep the wealth of these professional businessmen safe. While the clan seems to have moved out during the Second World War, today this town is a thriving tourist paradise that must not be missed.
Exploring the Charming Chettinad
Most famous for its houses, architecture and art the charm of this place is further enhanced with its unpredictable yet manageable thundershowers which fill up the temple tanks and churn up the fragrance of the red soil.
The houses her are embellished gorgeous Burma teak and marble that comes together to create a grand environment. The basic design comes with a thinnai, which is essentially a courtyard that is enclosed with family rooms on 4 sides. Built with the help of plaster that is mized with spices, lime, powdered shell and jaggery, these homes are able to keep the interiors cool even during the summer months.
Chettinad like the rest of the state is known for its humble and friendly people. Explore the fabulous homes and structures of this gorgeous town to gain insight into the traditional way of life in South India.