Places To Visit In Chettinad

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Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Chettinad:

1. Chettinad Palace

Must visit 4.1 /5

12,977 km
from city center
1 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, the majestic architecture of Chettinad Palace is a beautiful example of the indigenous Chettinad architecture. Adorned with embellishments from all over the world, this mighty edifice dates back to the year 1912. The construction style of the palace also reflects some European influence, which only adds to the regal beauty of the palace. The establishment was built under the guidance of Dr Annamalai Chettiyar, founder of the Indian Bank and the Annamalai University.

2. Chettinad Museum

Must visit 3.4 /5

1,582 km
from city center
2 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

The Chettinad Museum is a heritage home. The main reason of converting it into a museum, open to guests was to show them the unique Chettinad style of living.

3. Chettinadu Mansion

133 km
from city center
3 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Chettinadu Mansion is a heritage resort located in Kanadukathan which is over 100 years old and has been opened to the public as a resort for quite some years now. It is still a very well maintained heritage resort and is a perfect place for the ones who wish to experience the bygone times of Chettinad.

4. Vairavanpatti

Must visit 3.5 /5

148 km
from city center
4 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

The second temple of the seven is the Vairavanpatti Temple. Built in 19th century, the temple has numerous tales attached to it. The main deities worshipped here are Lord Aatkondanathar and Sivapurandevi.

5. Ilayathangudi

Must visit 3.5 /5

145 km
from city center
5 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Chettinad has seven temples, shared by the nine village clusters found around Karaikudi. Ilayathangudi is the first clan temple. The temple is about 25 km from the main village.

6. Pillaiyarpatti

4.1 /5

83 km
from city center
6 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Named after the Elephant God - Lord Ganesha, the small town of Pillaiyarpatti is famous for the Pillaiyarpatti Karpaga Vinayakar Temple dedicated to the Hindu deity of knowledge and wisdom. In Tamil, Pillaiyar refers to Ganesha. The ancient rock-cut temple is a majestic testament to early Pandyan architecture, and the temple is said to have undergone three stages of growth throughout its history. The town is situated 70 kilometres north-east of Madurai, close to the heritage town of Karaikudi on the state highway 35. The temple building is mainly for its masterful sculpture work, elegant temple complex and a well-adorned shrine, and has fascinated hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims since centuries. With detailed carvings adorning the exterior of the structure, the Pillaiyarpatti Temple makes up for an enchanting view.

7. Soorakudi

3.1 /5

137 km
from city center
7 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

The Soorakudi temple is on the outskirts of the city, about 10 km from Karaikudi on the road to Kanadukathaan and the Chettinad railway station. The beautiful temple gets its name from the Soorai shrub, a medicinal plant that grows here.

8. Athmanathaswamy Temple

3.1 /5

77 km
from city center
8 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Athmanathaswamy Temple, which was built during the 10th century, is a popular tourist attraction. The deity worshipped here is Lord Shiva. The temple interiors, that have been kept intact for all these years are beautiful.

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9. Iraniyur

3.1 /5

1,582 km
from city center
9 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Located at about 25 km from Karaikudi on the Pillaiyarapatti road, the Iraniyur temple has one of the most beautiful idols of Natraja, the dancing Shiva, from the 12th century.

10. Mathur

3.6 /5

45 km
from city center
10 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

Summer holidays may be spent with family in Chettinad, a region located deep down in South India between Trichy and Madurai. It is the residence of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a community of traders and bankers. Here's a compilation for fellow travellers seeking to unravel a new place and culture

11. Velankudi

3.1 /5

206 km
from city center
11 out of 11
places to visit in Chettinad

The Velankudi temple, another clan temple, is located about 10 km from Karaikudi. This temple too is named after the 'Vela' tress that grow in this region.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Chettinad?

Day 1: Start your day with some spirituality. Explore the temples of Chettinad. First, go to Vairavan Kovil Temple. Then visit Karpaga Vinayakar temple. You can also head towards Kundrakudi Murugan temple.
Day 2: Visit the grand Chettinad Palace which was constructed in 1912. Karaikudi is around 10 km away Chettinad Palace.
Day 3: Go on an eating spree in Chettinad. Visit a few restaurants and taste the authentic Chettinad cuisine. As Chettinad's chicken is quite famous, go to a non-vegetarian restaurant to get your fix.
Day 4: Shop at the local market of Chettinad and buy some souvenirs. Get ready to bid farewell to the lovely town of Chettinad.

How can I commute within Chettinad?

Travelling around the area is not a problem. Though Chettinad is a small town, cabs and buses are easy to find. Regular buses run to and from the city. As for intra city commuting, taxis are easy to find. If you don’t find one at your hotel, a lot of taxis, autos or rickshaws can be hired outside any of the temples.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Chettinad?

The top sightseeing places in Chettinad are Chettinad Palace, Chettinad Museum, Chettinadu Mansion, Vairavanpatti, Ilayathangudi, Pillaiyarpatti.
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