Monday, September 15, 2008

Chettinad Palace

Chettinadu Palace/Mansion is a heritage home located at Sivaganga district of southern Tamil Nadu state, India. It is situted 90 K.Ms from Trichy town and 5 kms before Karaikudi which is also known as the capital of Chettinad that includes Karaikudi and 74 other villages.

Chettinadu mansion was built in 1902 and it is now one among the spectacular palace in this reason.

Chettinad is also known as for its spicy and tasty food. Now that is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad. The picture shown here is the kitchen inside the palace as told by our guide.

Here is some more information that I found maybe useful for people how are planning to visit this place anytime, I added this peace of note after cuckoo’s comment for asking some details about it. So here you go …

This palace is converted into a museum and considered as the heritage home. It is now under the care of Archaeological Survey of India (I suppose), there were no one to give us the actual information. I don’t have much of the history to share from this place but overall its a different experience visiting the interior part of Tamil Nadu. The palace is open for public all the 7 days though I am not pretty sure about the timings (probably 10 Am to 6 PM). The good thing you will find here is that there is no entry fee :) This place is quite clam and close to it you will find another Chettinad Mansion which is operated as a Hotel now, so you can plan for a stay if you wish. Just to highlight a thing about this part of the world is that the food is really amazing, typically southie, spicy and tasty. The best time to visit this place maybe in the winter time say from nov to feb, otherwise anytime will be fine as long as you have things to fight with the hot weather out there :)

20 comments:

Winnie the poohi said...

wow!

lovely palace!

Cuckoo said...

The pictures are awesomely beautiful.

Some more details pls abt the place... like is it open for public on all 7 days, has it been converted into a museum, who maintains it etc etc.

You know how freak I am for these things. ;)


Cuckoo

AJEYA RAO said...

Very beautiful and really well maintained.

ANWESA said...

nice pics..u cud hav written mor abt the place..i'm dying 2 kno mor abt it..is chettinad chicken really a dish of chettinad?

shooting star said...

nice pics of chettinad palace..as with most people i also associate the place with spicy food!!!

Munmun said...

Thats a really pretty palace!

Alok said...

@winnie - thank you, glad to see you back here again :)

Alok said...

@cuckoo – Yeah! I can guess your are among those few people in my list who share the highest interest for exploring new destinations :)

Ok, coming back to the place, as I said it’s very close to Trichy and easily accessible by taxi and buses. This palace is converted into a museum and considered as the heritage home. It is now under the care of Archaeological Survey of India (I suppose), there were no one to give us the actual information. The palace is open for public all the 7 days though I am not pretty sure about the timings (probably 10 Am to 6 PM). The good thing you will find here is that there is no entry fee :) This place is quite clam and close to it you will find another Chettinad Mansion which is operated as a Hotel now, so you can plan for a stay if you wish. Just to highlight a thing about this part of the world is that the food is really amazing, typically southie, spicy and tasty. The best time to visit this are maybe in the winter time say from nov to feb, otherwise anytime will be fine as long as you have things to fight with the hot weather out there :)

Alok said...

@ ajeya - Yes! indeed its well maintained and top of it the place is really clam, almost crowd free :)

Alok said...

Anwesa, thanks for the comment. Sure, I have updated some information about the place hope it will be useful.

** is chettinad chicken really a dish of chettinad?

Yes! yes very much it is and you know its so papular every where :)

Do try their veggie food also, I can say awesome.

Alok said...

@shooting star - thanks for the comment and I am happy to see you here again.

Alok said...

Mummun, yes indeed it’s a beautiful but guess we landed there at a wrong time of the year … the weather around the place was like a pressure cooker.

Solitaire said...

Looks gorgeous!

Himanshu Sheth said...

Hey Alok,
The Palace looks quite amazing and it is good to see that it is very well maintained as well :)

The third photo is quite nice due to the effect that it gives with half of it in Shade and half in Sun !!!

-Himanshu Sheth

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Alok said...

solitaire, yes :)


Himanshu, thanks for the comment. You liked only the third photo :)

BTW, that was a good observation about the photo, I didn’t realize until now :)

indicaspecies said...

These are lovely pictures of what seems to be a beautiful palace and a mansion. Thank you for sharing.

Lakshmi said...

missed going here during my recent visit to madurai

jithu said...

i have got a luck to vist karaikudi and also to see the famous chettinad palace (kanadukattan) it is really a marvellous strucure.it is really enchanting and great expousure of chettiyar's wealth

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