In this tour, you will explore the history, culture, cuisine, and crafts of the Chettinad district. It's named after the Chettiars, a powerful and prosperous business community, which has strongly influenced the region's culture, crafts, and cuisine. They built a large number of elaborate 19th-century mansions in a mix of Indian and European styles.
Drive to Athanagudi, to visit the traditional tile-making and pottery units. The brightly patterned Athanagudi tiles were commissioned by the Chettiars for their mansions and are entirely handmade, even now. Then, from Athanagudi, you will drive to the Thirumayam Fort, which was built in the 17th century and has been a site of several battles and intrigues. Nearby is the small town of Kanadukathan, famous for its grand old-style mansions with elaborate woodwork, terracotta, and tile work. You may also check out the antique market in Karaikudi and the local weaving units that produce the famous Chettinad weaves and famous Chettinad handloom saris.