Chettinad is a region located mainly in the Sivaganga district of Pandya Nadu and has a small portion extending into the Pudukottai District of Chola Nadu in Tamil Nadu, India. Chettinad is the home of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a prosperous banking and business community. It is also known for its local cuisine, architecture, and religious temples.
Chettinad Palace in Chettinad is the oldest surviving structure built in the traditional architectural style of Chettinad. The Chettinad Palace was designed and constructed by Dr. Annamali Chettiyar.
Chettinad Museum is a heritage home. The main reason for converting it into a museum, open to guests was to show them the unique Chettinad style of living.
Desikanathar Temple Soorakudi
In the Soorakudi temple, the reigning deity is known as Desikanathar another form of Lord Shiva and his consort here is Avudainayaki (Goddess Parvathi). A unique feature here is that Goddess Parvathi has three eyes and four pairs of hands. The temple is believed to have a history going back to the 8th century AD.
The primary deity of this temple is Aatkondanathar (Loar Shiva) and his consort is Shivpurandevi. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa.
The Chettiars are a trading community that was initially located along with the eastern port city of Poompuhar where they traded in salt with the Chola kings till the 13th century. The beautiful craftsmanship of wood sculptures and their intricately carved doors can be purchased and used in your own home for that grand ‘Chettinad look’. Huge teak wooden pillars, antique furniture as well as antique doors can be dug out of the thousands of items stored in these fascinating antique shops.
Best Time To Visit Chettinad
The best time to visit Chettinad is from October to March. Summers in Chettinad are extremely hot as the temperature hovers around 29°C and 43°C. It is best to avoid visiting this place during summers as the weather is not favorable. Chettinad receives medium to heavy rainfalls during the monsoon season. The rains bring along a lot of comfort and relief after those hot summer days. It is a good time to visit the place during this season if you wish to enjoy sightseeing in the showers. Winters in Chettinad are very cool and pleasant. The temperature ranges between 20°C to 30°C which is perfect for exploring the place.