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Kaanadukathan, is one of the best destinations to see the Chettinad Architecture. imgThe streets of this town with houses built on a palatial scale are almost deserted. Each one of these houses are located on a large plot of land that spreads over 1.5 to 10 acres and has many as 1,000-1,500 windows consuming around 1500 tons of timber as wood work. Annamalai Chettiar’s Chettinad Palace built in 1912 [almost 113 years ago], is the best of its kind located in chettinad. The construction material, decorative items, and furnishings from East Asia and Europe ; Marble from Italy; Chandeliers and Teak from Myanmar; Crockery from Indonesia; Crystal and Wall-to-wall Mirrors from Europe find their presence in these palaces.  

Since the maintenance of such Palaces costs lakhs of rupees a year, it is very sad to note that, of late , these antiquity master pieces are disappearing and are being demolished, built as smaller, compact and easily maintainable bungalows or houses.

CHETTINAD CUSINE :: CHETTINAD cuisine is very aromatic, Spicy and Rich in strenimggth. Non Vegetarian food tops their Menu that includes Chicken, Fish, Prawn, Lobster, Crab, and Lamb, but they are cautious enough to avoid Beef and Pork. Varieties of naturally dried Meat and Salted Vegetables that suits their dry climate, normally finds its place in their daily Menu. Their food will find variety of Spices in the form of fresh ground Masalas necessarily wth a boiled egg. They have many Vegetarian Delicacies too in their cuisine. Chettinad Chicken and Lamb is the most favoured dishes from the Chettinad Kitchen. All spicy accompaniment dishes are taken almost along with rice based dishes. Idiyappam, Paniyaram, Vellai Paniyaram, Karupatti Paniyaram, Paal Paniyaram, Kuzhi Paniyaram and Masala Paniyaram, Kozhukattai, Khandarappam, Sweet and Masala Seeyam [sooyan], Kavuni Arisi and Athirasam
are some of the long list of Vegetarian delicacies of the Chettinad Region.

Arts and Crafts : The arts of Chettinad occupy a distinct position in South Indian folklore. Wood carving, simgilver embellishment, woven saris, palm-leaf baskets, gold jewelry, hand made tiles, architectural styles, egg plastering are among their more visible contributions to the wide-ranging repertoire of Indian arts and crafts. Kandaangi sarees or Chettinad Sarees, with use of beautiful colour combinations and pattern with bold checks and stripes, are the brand equity of the Chettinad region. Unique Chettinad baskets with unique and intricate patterns made with palm leaves and the patterns are as fine as the embroidery. Chettinad Weddings, normally conducted in their houses, equally emphasize the life style of the community. The week – long wedding celebration of the yester years, have been trimmed to a couple of days to suit the convenience. The hospitality, the jewels for bride and bridegroom, the food varieties are the special attraction of the occasion. The Nagarathars have the custom of tying the kazhuthu [neck] Uru [piece] [kazhuththu uru] commonly called as Mangal Sutra or the Thali, which is made of gold and covered with diamond. The pendant in the Thali /Mangalsutra represents the Clan/Family sub sects.


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