Inspirations of Chettinad – A Luxurious Getaway

13 –15 December, 2019 | 3 Days/2 Nights



As travellers, we’re often looking for undiscovered gems, looking to fly under the tourism radar. Karaikudi, somehow, defies the commercial tourism trend and remains blessedly authentic!

Karaikudi, a group of 76 villages, is known for its famed Chettinad mansions–built by the incredibly prosperous and wealthy Nattukottai Chettiars in the 19th century. Just looking or admiring these mansions from afar will do your trip no justice! Which is why this trip has organised a stay at one of the impossibly luxurious mansions for you–to experience first-hand the sumptuous lifestyle, heritage and luxury of the Chettiar merchants! There is no better way of seeing Karaikudi than by getting pampered at one of the storied mansions you’ve only ever heard or read about!

Your Luxe Weekend will include visits to the famous Chettinad Temples, eating the delectable Chettinad food, and visiting a 17th century fort!

And don’t’ forget to pick up some of the local Chettinadu Sari’s as a souvenir.



  • Accommodation in a shared twin/double room.
  • All transfers
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Meals others than mentioned (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, mini bar, telephone, camera fee where applicable, bottled water or internet connectivity in the room
  • Insurance.
  • Any other items not specified are additional
  • Optional extra activities
  • Gratuity Tips and Porter charges
  • GST at 5%


Dec 13th, Friday – Arrival in Madurai (no meals included)  
  • Drive to the 108-year old Chettinad mansion we're staying at. After getting checked in, spend the day wandering and exploring the luxurious property and the surrounding village. Make sure to keep your phones handy for artsy photo ops you won't find elsewhere!
  • Overnight in Chidambaravilas
Dec 14th, Saturday – Chettinad Region (Breakfast and Dinner included)  
  • Wake up bright and early and head out to see the 17th-century Thirumayam Fort, and enjoy a paddy field walk curated especially for this trip.
  • After breakfast, you're in for a treat, as you will get to see the temples of Chettinad. It is said that the Chettiars built temples wherever they went and so these temples are a testament to the legacy of the Chettiars!
  • You will also see some of the original villas, which are sadly in ruins, but remnants of their grandeur endure. After a traditional lunch in Karaikudi town, a visit to the antique street for culture vultures looking to shop! Next stop would be to the Anthangudi tile factory, a local handloom sari factory (where the colourful Chettinad cotton saris are woven!) and local snacks store.
  • Dinner at the hotel
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