Chettinad, the ancient town located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu is one of the major tourist destinations of South India. Give credits to the authentic delicious cuisine, unique historic architecture, rich traditional art forms or cultural heritage, this fascinating destination is an awesome holiday retreat to holiday makers. The beautiful town preserving the glorious history of famous Chettiar community reflects the luxurious lifestyles of the royal community through its palatial mansions. Well decorated palatial houses bearing a rare setting of wide courtyards, spacious rooms, ornamented columns and furnishings embellished with marble and teak.
The heritage town is also very popular for its art and crafts inspired by Chettinad culture. Wooden carvings, silver decorative embellishment, woven saris, palm-leaf baskets, gold ornaments, handmade floral tiles, rich architectural styles, unique egg plastering methods of finishing walls, the town is simply a delightful journey for art and architecture lovers. The beautiful town in also home to some amazing heritage houses that offers a perfect opportunity to feel the authentic vibe of the Chettinad town. Read in this article our lovely selection of three most beautiful Heritage Hotels In Chettinad must considering a thought for stays during your visit to the historic Chettinad town.
1. Chettinadu Mansion
This elegant mansion built in 1902 is located in Kandukathan in Tamilnadu and is declared as one of the most luxurious Heritage Hotel in Chettinad. The hotel features 12 elegant rooms to guests. Each room is spacious and enjoys the charm of historian era of 1900 century. Rooms are well equipped with all the facilities and come with a balcony that opens in the Mansion.
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- Dining and Rejuvenation
Dining at this lovely mansion is truly a delight for your taste buds. Relish authentic Chettinad dishes served on plantain leaves. Rejuvenate your body and soul with ayurvedic massages, facial therapies and foot massages done by skilled practitioners of Ayurveda.
This beautiful heritage luxury; the symbol and legacy of love of a father for his daughter was built 70 years back in Chettinad by Ramanathan Chettiar . The beautiful mansion is now transformed into a heritage hotel and is open for travelers. Preserving the old age interior and charm, the elegant mansion offers beautiful rooms well packed with excellent amenities and features.
Incredible selection of tiles, ethnic home furnishing made with traditional hand-loom weaving methods, smooth and glossy textured walls done with unique egg whitening plastering method, period furniture made with famous Burman teak, each and every corner and feature of the mansion compliments to the antique charm and feelings behind this heritage gift.
- Dining and Rejuvenation
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The lovely heritage hotel offers a cherishing gastronomic journey with authentic regional and global delicacies at following restaurants:
- Sapadu shal
- Terrace Grill
- Garden Café
- Pool Café
Also enjoy interactive cooking sessions if cooking is one of your passion, know the secret spices of popular South Indian cuisines and much more. Apart from dining, enjoy refreshing dips in swimming pool, rejuvenating ayurvedic massages and souvenir shopping at the gift shop.
3. Chidambara Vilas
Spend a fabulous holiday at this incredible heritage hotel- Chidambara Vilas with your loved ones for a beautiful experience of the bygone era of royal Chettinad. The palace offers a perfect glimpse into the lifestyles and culture of this 108 year old heritage property.
From vintage hand operated Panka fans, lighting, Athangudi tiles to wooden roofing and paneling, each room of the hotel is a beautiful opportunity to experience the old world charm amidst of modern elements of luxury.
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- Dining and Recreation
Enjoy wonderful dining in the formal banquet- Kalyana Kottagai with a lavish crafted menu serving famous Chettinad delicacies. The food is served on fresh banana leaves along with vintage cutlery. The chef also makes arrangement for customized preference of guests. Apart from luxurious stay and dining, the hotel also features a beautiful swimming pool in the middle of the heritage property.
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Article first published April 9, 2021.