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Chettinadu is categorised as Heritage

View from the Top (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Athanagudi Palace (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Thirumayam Fort (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Karaikudi (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Karaikudi Saree Weaving (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Athangudi Tiles Factory (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
On a Heritage Walk (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2018)
Ethnic Cuisine at Visalam (Nivalink Trip Dated - 2 May 2009)
Kanadukathan (Nivalink Trip Dated - 2 May 2009)
Kanadukathan (Nivalink Trip Dated - 2 May 2009)
Kundrakudi (Photo Courtesy: Arunankapilan)
Chettinadu Mansion (Nivalink Trip Dated - 2 May 2009)

Reasons to Visit
  • Karaikudi is known as the base town for the area of Chettinad.
  • Chettinad is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars (Nagarathar), a prosperous banking and business community, many of whose members migrated to South and Southeast Asia, in 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Chettinad is well known for its Chettinad cuisine, heritage Mansions, and Temples.
  • Chettinad food, now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad.
  • The villages around Karaikudi are rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture, and is well known for its 18th century mansions, embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards and spacious rooms.
  • Karaikudi is also home of two famous Institutions, Alagappa University and CECRI.
  • Chettinad is where experiential travellers arrive for cuisine, culture and heritage experience
  • Chettinad is also a Luncheon stopover on the Thanjavur - Madurai route
Access Information

Chettinadu has 4 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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3 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Chettinadu

Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)2

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List of Holidays for Chettinadu

Short Break

  • Thanjavur - Chettinad Experience with Madurai (6 Nights)


  • A week with Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage (7 Nights)
  • Total Temple Heritage Circuit of Tamil Nadu (10 Nights)

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Chettinadu has 4 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Trichy Airport and Kanadukathan, ChettinaduRs. 2934
Pickup/Drop between Trichy Airport and Karaikkuddi, ChettinaduRs. 2934

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Trichy Railway Station and Kanadukathan, ChettinaduRs. 2934
Pickup/Drop between Trichy Railway Station and Karaikkuddi, ChettinaduRs. 2934

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Destination Ideas

  • Chettinad Experience

Stay Ideas

  • Chettinadu Mansion – A Heritage Getaway
  • Visalam – An Experiential Getaway

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Kanadukathan is mainly famous for big heritage mansions of the Chettiar community and authentic Chettinad cuisine. Palace of the Chettinad royal family and other prominent bungalows are popular with heritage travellers. Guests are even able to stay here and experience the area.
    Heritage Site
    Haveli or Mansion
    The Thirumayam Fort is a 40-acre fortress built in late 17th century on Pudukkottai-Karaikudi Highway. The fort has been extensively renovated by Archaeological Survey of India in 2012
    Heritage Site
    Kundrakudi is home to Lord Murugan Temple. The temple is set up on a very small hill. Here the Lord appears with his wives Lord Valli and Deivanai. The Murugan statue is set up with six faces and hence here Lord Murugan is called as "Lord Shanmuga".
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Murugan
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Athangudi is where handmade terracota tiles are made using traditional tile making methods. This is popular visit option for Heritage and experiential travellers.
    Factory Visit

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  • Dindigul ( 105 Km )

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  • Thanjavur ( 108 Km )

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  • Tiruvarur ( 135 Km )

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  • Nagore ( 170 Km )

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  • Valparai ( 285 Km )

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
KanadukathanA heritage village off Trichy - Rameshwaram route and a living museum with many a Chettiar mansions sporting exquisite heritage character and charmGetaway/Experiential2
KaraikudiA small town at 10 kms from Kanadukathan with shops etc. on the Trichy - Rameshwaram routeHoliday1
KadiapattiKadiapatti is located at about 11 kms from KanadukathanGetaway/Experiential1
KothamangalamKothamangalam is situated just off Trichy - Karaikudi Road and 6.5 kms from Kanadukathan. It is home to Saratha Vilas, Heritage Hotel.Getaway/Experiential-
Nearest Airport in Chettinadu
  • Tiruchirapalli Airport ( TRZ ) , Trichy-80 Kms
Railway Stations in Chettinadu
  • Karaikkudi Junction ( KKDI ), Chettinadu
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