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TThe Main places of Interest in Chettinadu.

Karaikudi, Pallathur, Athangudi , Kothamangalam and Devakottai are some important towns of the Chettinad Region.
IMGKaraikudi : A location called so because of the presence of Karai [Lime stone] Veedu [houses] or Houses built with Lime stone. It is also called so because of the widely found plant called KARAI in this area. This is on the Tiruchi-Rameswaran Highway, in the Sivagangai District, located around 100 m above the Sea Level. Population of Karaikudi is 1,06,793 and the literacy is 90% on an average. Karaikudi administration was set up in 1928, upgraded in 1988. Kundrakudi Shanmuganathan Temple, Ariyakudi Thiruvengamudayan Temple and the Thirumayam Permual Temple are some prominent temples around the town. The foundation for Mother Tamil Temple, first of its kind was laid in 1975 and completed in 1993. Karaikudi is famous for its collection of KANDANGI cotton sarees. 25th July 1948 was the golden letter day for this desolate village in the Chettinad Region , that saw the rise of the prestigious CSIR - Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, initiated by Rm. Alagappa Chettiar, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. Santhi Swaroop Bhatnagar. Foundation stone was laid by the Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru; while doing so, he said “… I believe by such undertakings and by yoking science to public good we can advance the lot of the people of India enormously”. This was dedicated to the nation on the 14th January, 1953 as the 12th such Laboratory under the banner of CSIR, by Dr. S.Radhakrishnan, the then president of India. The Institute has helped over 5000 research papers and has affiliated itself with the Anna University, to conduct a four-year Bio Technology courses in Chemical and Electro-Chemical Engineering and Technology.

IMG Aathangudi tiles :Athangudi village manufactures these tiles, hence the tiles are identified by this name. These tiles come in a myriad of colors and patterns, made by a unique process using local soil and glass plates. It is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Chettinad, effectively adapted many external influences to their own brand of local craftsmanship. Though the designs and colors used are of the bygone era, new designs and patterns are being tried these days. These tiles are hand-made, with a short shelf life and relatively slow manufacturing process. This had led to the decline in market demand.

 

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