Visit Chettinad, India
The Chettiars thrived as businessmen and built huge, richly decorated palaces to house their wealth.
However trade declined and after the Second World War many of the Chettiars moved away from the area, abandoning their vast houses.
A visit to this area provides an interesting contrast to the ancient history of the temple towns, with traditional craftsmen at work in the market and dusty lanes lined with crumbling carved facades hiding cavernous interiors supported by Burma teak and satinwood pillars.
Suggested Chettinad itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Chettinad, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Chettinad
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Chettinad
- Madurai 46 miles away
- Trichy 52 miles away
- Tanjore 56 miles away
- Tranquebar 100 miles away
- Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary 114 miles away
- Munnar 117 miles away
- Kerala 143 miles away
- Kothamangalam 146 miles away
- Pondicherry 149 miles away
- Palakkad 153 miles away
- Kovalam 169 miles away
- The Backwaters 169 miles away
- Ooty 169 miles away
- Cochin 172 miles away
- Mararikulam 172 miles away
- Waynad 201 miles away
- Mahabalipuram 202 miles away
- Kanchipuram 202 miles away
- Mysore 212 miles away
- Bangalore 217 miles away
- Nagarhole National Park 226 miles away
- Chennai 231 miles away
- Tellicherry 252 miles away
- Coorg 263 miles away
- Belur & Halebid 290 miles away
- Neeleshwar 292 miles away
Photos of Chettinad
Accommodation choices for Chettinad
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Chettinad. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
A lovingly restored Heritage Hotel, perfect for exploring the small town of Karaikkudi.
Visalam is a beautiful heritage Chettinad Mansion in Karaikkudi. It has 15 heritage rooms and reflects the grandeur of the Chettiar lifestyle but with modern conveniences including a swimming pool.
Ideas for experiencing Chettinad
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Chettinad, and which use the best local guides.
The Chettinad region is fascinating - legend has it that the Chettiars were pivotal in the Chola Empire, dominating coastal business as gem dealers, salt merchants and chandlers.