Showcasing the rich heritage, striking art and grand architecture of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad is often touted as a temple town. Being the kind of place full of rich cultural backdrop, exotic and spicy cuisine and remarkable specimens of Dravidian architecture evident everywhere around, Chettinad has always been a favorite among the tourists since ever recorded.
Chettinad is located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu as a bystander of its glorious past found in the remnants. The houses and buildings are among the most interesting things to observe around. Chettinad comprises a cluster of 96 surrounding villages with Karaikudi as the main town. The region is dominated by the prosperous Nattukotai Chettiar community of businessmen and bankers who stay in the 19th and early 20th century mansions.
Chettinad is a foodies paradise, and at the same time a fascination for every tourist who wants to explore ancient India, its traditions, simple lifestyle and culture preserved proudly within the families. A walk by the roads of Chettinad would unveil the unique houses, distinctive livelihood and richness in cultural legacy practiced through years.
Everything from its architecture to livelihood to cuisine and attire are different and unique from the rest of the country. Chettinad chicken is one of the delicacies which make Chettinad stand out in the culinary world. So does the finely weaved Chettinad cotton sarees that are widely popular across the country. The beautiful mansions built during the 13th century and later still exhibit their intricate work and some of them are converted into luxury hotels for the tourists to cherish the royal treatment.
The tiny tinsel town of Chettinad reflects its glorious past in almost everything, literally. It was inhabited by the tribe called Nattukotai Chettiars who came down to the region in the early 13th century after a massive flood. This people of this tribe were considered to be banking legends and flourishing traders who dealt with salt and spices along with construction materials which account for the luxurious cuisine and elaborate architecture.