Chettinad is also known as Chettinadu. It is a region that lies mainly in the Sivaganga district. It is historically ruled by the Ramnad kingdom of Pandya Nadu. It is a small part of the Pudukkottai district of Chola Nadu. literally, the meaning of the name is “Land of the Chettiars“.
The majestic architecture of Chettinad Palace is a beautiful example of indigenous Chettinad architecture which is located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. Decorated around the world, this powerful building dates back to the year 1912. The style of construction of the palace also reflects some European influences, which only add to the regular beauty of the palace. The establishment was built under the guidance of the founder of the Indian Bank and Annamalai University, Dr. Annamalai Chettiyar. The gorgeous grandeur of Chettinad Palace is only enhanced by the vast expanse of lush greens around it. Embedded in the seams of a carefully grown garden area, the palace is a pleasant sight.
The Chettinad Museum is a heritage home. The main reason for converting it into a museum, keeping it open to guests was to show them the unique Chettinad style of life. The place is full of heavy clothing, grain cans, traditional gold jewelry, huge copper water vats, utensils, metal cutlery, and their everyday items that show how these people go about their daily routine.
There are seven temples in Chettinad, divided by nine village clusters around Karaikudi. Ilayathangudi is the temple of the first clan. The temple is about 25 km away from the main village. It is believed that thousands of years ago, when they were traveling in this region, the land of the temple was a place of rest for the Lord.
The second temple of seven is the Vairavanpatti temple. Built-in the 19th century, the temple has a number of stories attached to it. The Lord Aatkondanathar and Shivapurandevi are worship here as the main deities. The temple is full of paintings from Mahabharata and Ramayana. behind the temple, there is a natural spring, which is believed to have miraculous healing properties. The temple is located 15 km from the city.
The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity of knowledge and wisdom, Named after the elephant god – Lord Ganesha, Pillayarpatti is famous for the Karpaga Vinayakar Temple. Pillaiyar refers to Ganesha In Tamil. The temple is said to have gone through three stages of growth throughout its history, The ancient rock-cut temple is a majestic testament to the early Pandyas architecture.