Chettinadu Mansion in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu is located around 90 km away from Madurai. It is one of the largest among the oldest mansions in Chettinadu, an area where the Chettiars reside. The mansion has been very well maintained by a dedicated descendant of the family. Care has been to taken to preserve the traditional feel of the place and a stay here takes you back to old times. It is an ideal heritage stay for those who seek the old world charm.
Traditional living with modern day amenities
Rooms here have been maintained in the style same as 1900s. However, modern day facilities have not been compromised upon. There is intercom facility and wifi availability in the rooms. The rooms open into a balcony connecting them to the main mansion area. It is advised to avoid room service to prevent insects from getting inside the room.
Activities for you
You can chose from a number of activities in Chettinadu Mansion. You can go for a relaxing massage to rejuvenate or enjoy a swim in the pool. You can explore the area in and around the mansion by bullock cart rides and bicycle rides. There is a small library too that stocks some books and has a TV lounge.
Another interesting activity that you can indulge in is trying your hand at cooking some Chettinad cuisine by yourself or observing the chef while he is at it. Cheetinad cuisine consists of mostly flavoured spices and not much of chilly spices. The authentic Chettinadu cooks typically hailed from a village Nedungudi and the skills have been passed on to the next generation too.
You can visit the local markets to experience Chettiar way of living. Pillayarpatti ( Pilliarpatti) temple and Thirumayam fort are worth visiting. Going around Chettinadu you can also explore various handicraft and industries including tile industry, antiques, Chettinad cotton and diamonds.
We suggest you to take a day trip to Rameshwaram to see the famous Rameshwaram Temple too. It is a two and a half hours drive from the mansion. Rameshwaram Temple holds a lot of significance and is a part of the Chaar Dhaam pilgrimage in India. You can request for guides to accompany you on your trip to learn more about the temple.