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Charming Chettinad: Mansions, Palaces & Spiritual Treasures

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Duration

8 hrs

Cancellation

Up to 5 days

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Explore the enchanting world of Chettinad on our “Charming Chettinad: Mansions, Palaces & Spiritual Treasures” tour. This full-day excursion from Madurai takes you into the heart of Chettinad, renowned for its 19th-century mansions, opulent palaces, and rich spiritual heritage. Wander through the grandeur of Chettinad Mansions and the regal Chettinad Palace, marveling at the architectural splendors that blend influences from East Asia and Europe. Discover the region’s deep spirituality as you visit revered Chettinad Temples like Vairavan Kovil, Karpaga Vinayakar, Kundrakudi Murugan, and Kottaiyur Sivan. Immerse yourself in a captivating journey through history, culture, and timeless elegance in this charming corner of South India.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chettinad Mansions: Explore opulent 19th-century mansions with imported materials like Italian marble and Burmese teak. Learn about their history and former residents.
  • Chettinad Temples: Visit revered temples like Vairavan Kovil and Karpaga Vinayakar, experiencing their unique architecture and religious significance.
  • Cultural Interaction: Engage with the local Chettinad community and enjoy traditional cuisine at an optional lunch.
  • Heritage Insights: Delve into the architectural wonders of Chettinad's mansions and their imported decor.
  • Conclusion: Reflect on the day's discoveries during your return to the hotel or Madurai airport.

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 222
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 412
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 635
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 820
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 1007
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 1229
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 1452

What you will do

Indicative Pick Up Time: 8:00 AM

Your day begins with a prompt pick-up from your hotel in Madurai. An experienced guide will accompany you throughout the tour to provide valuable insights into the rich heritage of Chettinad.

Exploration of Chettinad Mansions and Palaces

Embark on a fascinating journey through time as you explore the opulent 19th-century mansions of Chettinad. These grand residences boast wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and exquisite embellishments, including marble and teak. Many of the construction materials and decorative items were imported from East Asian countries and Europe, such as marble from Italy, teak from Burma, and chandeliers from Indonesia. The mansions also feature stunning wall-to-wall mirrors from Belgium, adding to their allure. You'll delve into the history of these mansions and learn about the Chettiar families who once resided here.

Visits to Chettinad Temples

Discover the spiritual side of Chettinad as you visit some of its revered temples. Explore the Vairavan Kovil Temple, Karpaga Vinayakar Temple, Kundrakudi Murugan Temple, and Kottaiyur Sivan Temple. These temples are not only places of worship but also architectural marvels that showcase the region's rich cultural heritage. Your guide will provide insights into the religious significance and unique features of each temple.

Cultural Immersion and Local Cuisine (Optional)

Immerse yourself in the local culture by interacting with the Chettinad community. If you wish, you can savor traditional Chettinad cuisine known for its aromatic spices and distinctive flavors. Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant to experience the authentic tastes of the region (lunch cost not included).

Indicative Drop Off Time: 6:00 PM

As the day comes to a close, you'll be driven back to your hotel or the Madurai airport. Reflect on the architectural wonders, cultural richness, and historical significance of Chettinad as you conclude this enriching heritage tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport by private AC deluxe car
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel.
  • Services of a knowledgeable, government-licensed English-speaking tour guide.
  • Monument entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water within the vehicle.
  • All taxes
  • Any meals.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Gratuities (optional).

Languages

English

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