Vernacular Architecture and Culture trip to Chettinad

The region of Chettinad is popular for its French Art-Deco style palatial homes scattered across the towns and villages of the Region.


- Stay at Chettinad Heritage hotel with local cuisine
- Visit to Chettinad Streets, Palace, Houses, Market and Temples
- Understand the urban architecture of houses and the social life of the traders
- Explore the art and craft culture in the surrounding areas.
- See Aathangudi traditional tile making factory.
- Much more

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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Twin sharing AC room in a heritage property
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Chettinad
    What's excluded :
    • Anything not in inclusions, Camera fees, Any fee at actual for Foreigner.
    • Entry/Admission - Chettinad

  • Day 1: Chettinad streets, houses and palace visit

    Stop At: Chettinad, Tiruchirappalli India
    Day 1 – After checking in, we will be exploring Chettinad lifestyle, culture, palatial bungalows. Chettinad sprouted up comprising of 96 villages (currently 73) in the surrounding boundaries. Also we would be discussing, various socio-cultural factors that influenced the art and architecture of the Chettinad building. Chettinad comprises of a network of 73 villages and 2 towns forming clusters spread over a territory of 1,550 km2 in the Districts of Sivagangai and Pudukottai in the State of Tamil Nadu.

    All the Chettiar settlements possess outstanding physical characteristics of urban and land-use planning with their South-North/East-West grid pattern, including water system, and the development of palatial architecture which depict a unique cultural interchange of cultures with influences from all over the world and the combination of the vibrant Tamil traditions. These settlements and the architecture, built from 1850’s to 1940’s, are directly associated with the rich living heritage specific to the Chettiar community.

    Sightseeing plan
    - Chettinad streets, houses and palace visit
    - Seeing one rock cut cave temple - Pillayarpatti (believed to be an ancient temple)
    - Adaptive re-use and authentic Chettinad lunch
    - Visiting Heritage Palace covered to a Hotel - Chidambara Vilas
    - Bullock Cart ride
    - Karaikkudi Town market
    - Dinner and overnight stay at a Heritage house.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight Stay at heritage property converted to a hotel with authentic local cuisine called Chettinad Cuisine

    Day 2: Chettinad culture, tiles making, Thirumayam fort

    Stop At: Chettinad, Tiruchirappalli India
    - We will start the date with a visit to a local village visit to see village temple, pond, paddy field and canal.
    - After that, we will visit the famous Cave temple at Pillayarpatti.

    Pillaiyarpatti is situated 12 Kms. from Karaikudi which is the prime town of Chettinadu. As there is a famous Pillaiyar temple, the village takes it name as Pillaiyarpatti. The temple is a rock cut temple and the sanctum sanctorum is inside a cave. This temple 1600 years old. This deity is believed to be the benefactor of all the business community and every one from this community apportion a small percentage of their income as their offering to this deity and they also ensure excellent maintenance and upkeep of the temple through regular contributions and care. There is a beautiful temple tank in front of the temple and there is an entrance from the east side also. There is a small shrine outside the temple above a small rock.

    - Athangudi Tile making visit and Athangudi palace visit
    - Drop at Tiruchi
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 11/29/2019 - 12/16/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-196796P11

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