006- ‘THERE ARE NO FOREIGN LANDS. IT IS THE TRAVELLER ONLY WHO IS FOREIGN.’- R.L STEVENSON

Journey: Discover Karaikudi

If you are looking to make a day or a weekend trip, try Karaikudi, a quaint peaceful town existing in a rural niche of Tamil Nadu. Karaikudi is one amongst 74 villages dotting the Chettinad region that was once home to wealthy traders, money lenders and business men of the Chettiar community. Spend your day mansion hoping, strolling through their palatial 18th century homes that are now either converted to boutique hotels or left to the care of the locals. Corridors that extend to two parallel streets, intricately carved Burmese teak doorways, open central courtyards, sepia memories on the walls and antique objects of curiosities make up these architectures of unexplainable beauty. The houses age with dignity and provide respite from soulless concrete buildings in the city. Stop for lunch and treat your taste buds to delicious, spicy Chettinad food, which this town is notable for.

Walk through Muneeswaran Koil Street, an antiques market that sell remnants from old Chettinad homes and discover the many stories behind the antiques and its owners. If time permits, visit the village of Anthangudi famed for its numerous tile factories that hand-make each tile using traditional dyes and patterns. The best time to travel would be between September to January, under pleasant weather conditions but, we advise avoiding the rains during monsoon.

 

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