Rustik Travel

Exploring the Land of Chettiars

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Around the 13th century, the Chettiars were displaced from their port city on the Bay of Bengal and they moved to a place deep in the south of Tamil Nadu now known as Chettinad. Being an extremely successful and resourceful mercantile community, they soon established themselves and steadily prospered. Over the years they amassed huge fortunes and established themselves in various fields like salt trading, coffee and rubber plantations, fertilizers to films, to big manufacturing companies. The Chettiars are also considered to be among the pioneers of organised banking in the country. Their palatial homes in Chettinad are of astonishing size, scale and examples of rich architecture which are not seen anywhere else.

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Overview

  • Destination: Tamil Nadu
  • Location: Chettinad
  • Google Map Co-ordinates: 13.0900° N, 80.2700° E
  • Nearest City (Airport): Trichy
  • Nearest City (Railway Station): Trichy
  • Duration: 3N/4D
  • Level: Strenuous
  • Guide: Available
  • Rs. 39,000/- for a couple (The costs are valid until 31st October 2016. Booking confirmation depends on availability.) *Subject to availability and bookings.

Experience

The place of stay is a heritage home which dates back to around 1910. It is a pleasant diversion to an elegant past with its traditional interiors, beautiful gardens and the classic banquet hall. The luxury dining with the rich Chettinad cuisine that’s on offer adds another dimension to your stay. Be prepared to be fussed over by the attentive staff as you get pampered with multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Key Highlights:

Visit some of the most magnificent Chettiar mansions and marvel their architecture and the eclectic mix of materials that makes them so grand.

Explore the history, heritage, architecture and culture of the Chettinad region.

Feast on authentic and delicious Chettinad cuisine prepared by the Chettiar Master Chefs.

Itinerary

Day 1
Pick up from the airport or railway station at Trichy and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure you can walk around the house and learn more about your hosts and their Chettinad connections.
Day 2
After Breakfast go on a guided tour- Chettinad Mansions, Ayanaar Terracotta Horses temple, Athangudi Tile-Making workshop and the weekly Village Market. Post lunch go on a guided tour of the traditional Cotton Hand Loom Weavers and Cotton Saree shops, Artisan Workshop, Koviloor Music School and Karaikudi Girls School.
Day 3
The entire day is at leisure. You can explore, on your own, some more local mansions, the local Antiques market or one of the Chettiar clan temples. The hotel staff will be happy to organize a vehicle for you. You can also request the Chef to arrange for a Chettinad cooking session. This can be paid for directly.
Day 4
Check out after breakfast. A car will be available to take you to Trichy airport or railway station for your flight or train back home.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in “Standard” room.
  • Guided tours on Day 2 along with transportation.
  • All applicable government taxes, toll fees, parking charges, etc.
  • Food & Beverages: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Pick up and drop from Trichy airport or railway station in an AC Sedan vehicle.

Exclusions

  • Any expense that is not mentioned in the Inclusions list above. These will have to be paid at actuals directly by the guests.
  • Service Tax - 3.625%

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