The region of Chettinad which also includes Karaikudi, the capital, is made up of 74 small villages in what is known as the Sivaganga district of the southern Tamil state. It is also considered one of the driest regions of southern India.
Chettinad is also the homeland of Nattukottai Chettairs who were renowned for their business and banking prowess many of whom migrated to South East Asia in the 19th Century where they also prospered as a business community. This area is rich with cultural heritage, walking around the local area you will see great mansions, the region is also famous for temples originally built by the early Tamil Dynasties such as the Cholas.
Chettinad is probably most famous for its culinary delights; the curry produced in this region is renowned as some of the spiciest, oiliest and most aromatic in India. It is famous for its variety of spices used in preparing mostly non-vegetarian food. The dishes are hot and spicy with fresh ground marasalas and usually topped with a boiled egg, considered an essential part of a meal.
In the non vegetarian versions a variety of sun dried meats and salted vegetables, reflecting the dry environment of the region can be used. The meat is restricted to fish, prawn, lobster, crab, chicken and mutton, there is no beef or pork in the Chettair diet. Most dishes are eaten with rice or rice based accompaniments such as dosais, appams, idiyappams, adais and idlis. Due to their contact with Burma the Chettairs learnt to prepare a type of rice pudding made with sticky red rice.
Tailormade Holidays to Chettinad
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Chettinadu Mansion is a beautiful heritage hotel, with several courts, halls and corridors with carved pillars.
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Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
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