- 8 to 9 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
This is a private full-day excursion to explore the history, culture, cuisine and crafts of the Chettinad district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The district gets its name from the Chettiars, a powerful and prosperous business community whose influence is clearly discernible in the region's culture, crafts and cuisine. The old wealth of the Chettiars can still be seen in the large number of elaborate 19th century mansions they built in a mix of Indian and European styles. Apart from being famous for its spicy and aromatic cuisine, Chettinad is also known for its crafts, such as the famous Athangudi handmade tiles and the Chettinad handloom sarees.
• Tile and pottery making
• Thirumayam fort
• Chettinad style mansions
• Antiques market
- Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- A local English speaking Guide.
- Lunch (vegetarian lunch, beverage excluded)
- 02 bottles of mineral water per person
- Bottled water
- Additional food or drink
- Items of a personal nature
Your hotel in the city of Madurai.
Same as departure locations.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Madurai in the morning from where you will drive to Athangudi, a tiny village of 2000 inhabitants located in the Chettinad district. The village is renowned for its handmade floor tiles. Visit the traditional tile-making and pottery units. The brightly patterned Athangudi tiles were commissioned by the Chettiars for their mansions and are entirely handmade even today.
From Athangudi you will drive to Thirumayam Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort has been a site of several battles and intrigues. Next visit the small town of Kanadukathan, which is famous for its grand old-style mansions with elaborate woodwork, terracota and tile work.
You will have lunch in the town of Karaikudi. Enjoy a multi-course traditional meal at The Bangala, a traditional Chettinad residence that has now been converted by the family into a heritage hotel. After lunch visit the antiques market in Karaikudi and the local weaving looms which produce the famous Chettinad weaves.
Apart from the places listed above, this tour also offers a great opportunity to see the living culture of Chettinad – you will see paddy farming, small villages, bazaars, shrines dedicated to folk Gods, and if the timing is right, you will also be able to see festivals and celebrations.
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Madurai and dropped-off at your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for pregnant women.
- Not recommended for participants with back problems.
- Consider wearing comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.