The Nagarathar's Chettinadu

17th Jul to 18th Jul 2015


The Nagarathars Chettinadu  - Karaikudi

Chettinad is an arid land and yet the aridness is in sharp contrast to the luxurious lifestyles of the Chettiars or The Nagarathars (‘sophisticated townspeople’; literate, cultured, well-travelled and philanthropic)

Palatial houses with carved, stone and teak  pillars, stained glass windows, sprawling open courtyards and verandas, Ravi Varma oleographs and laquerware from Burma contrast some of the region''s most ancient cave temples and earliest images of Ganesha, the god we all love. 

Date: July 17th and 18th 2015

Inclusions and specifics:

  • Train travel
  • Road travel on AC coach
  • Accommodation in heritage property and AC rooms accommodatingupto 2   adults. Children will be accommodated depending on  the age and hotel policy. In this Trip we will be   staying at Chidambara Vilas.
  • Meals mentioned - 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 3 dinners per person (Request you to specify your preference in advance)
  • 2 bottles of water per person will be provided on the coach every day
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be included if People wish to and ONLY if time permits.

Non included:

  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Any other attraction/temple not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Room service
  • Day 1
  • 1930 - Meet at Chandra Park Hotel  for a brief orientation. We have a few announcements so 
  • kindly ensure to be there.
  • 2140 - Leave from Chennai Egmore station – Rameswaram Express. Packed vegetarian Dinner will be provided


  • Day 2
  • 0710 - Reach Karaikudi stationand leave for hotel
  • 0830 - Breakfast at hotel
  • 1000 - Leave for Tirumeiyam Fort that hold the secret of one of Tamil Nadu's bloodiest wars and also learn a verse on the temple
  • 1230 - Cookery class at Chidambara Vilas
  • 1300 - Lunch at Chidambara Vilas
  • 1500 - Leave to Athangudi – a little tour of the tile factory and the Athangudi House
  • 1645 - Leave to Iranni Temple and Vairavanpatti
  • 1845 - Break at Pillaiyarpatti for Tea
  • 2030 - Dinner at Chidambara Vilas


  • Day 3
  • 0600 - Leave to Tirukkolakudi and explore a magical series of temples on a small hillock and learn about the ancient commerce of the region 
  • 0800– Breakfast at Chidambara Vilas
  • 0930 - Chettiars have a unique "clan" system which is centered around nine clan temples which have a distinct architecture. Explore one such fine example at Mathur.
  • 1100 - Leave to Ariyakudi, explore the paintings of the temple, experience a unique and fun ritual and listen to the musical heritage of the town.Later leave for  Karaikudi, the headquarters of Chettinad to potter around the antique shops at MuneeswaranKoil Street.
  • 1330 - Built by expert artisans with funds from extensive business in south East Asia, Chettiar homes are unique and filled with superb craftsmanship. Explore one such home and learn more about the lifestyles of the community and experience their hospitality. Lunch at Kottaiyur
  • 1445 – Leave to ChidambaraVilas  for tea and relax and enjoy a refreshing dip in the lovely pool
  • 2000 - Check out and Leave for Karaikudi
  • 2030–Dinner at the Bangla, Karaikudi
  • 2245–Leave for Station
  • 2335 – Leave to Chennai – RMM Chennai Express 


  • Day 4
  • 0600 - Arrive at Madas Egmore station


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  • Address : 23, Thanikachalam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600 017

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