Discover the riches of the Chettiars in a palatial 100-year-old Chettinad mansion. Get a taste of their fiery cuisine with authentic recipes. Take a ride through history on a bullock cart and visit fabled artisans, legendary weavers, and timeless temples in a heritage paradise unlike any other.
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Visalam is a meticulously and passionately restored palatial home in the Kanadukathan village of Chettinad. Every little detail of the bygone era has been retained, to capture its spirit.
Enjoy summer splashing in the reverse osmosis pool or retreat with your favourite book to a quiet corner and get some very precious me-time.
Start your day with traditional breakfast served at the Garden Café, under a bougainvillea pergola, with a menu that includes the must-have Paniyarams.
The Pool Café serves light lunch and snacks from 11 am to 6 pm, any time you need to replenish the energy lost after splashing in the pool.
Relish an authentic Chettinad sapad (lunch meal) at Sapadu Shala, a traditional dining space that serves a non-vegetarian thali which teases your palate with the many complex flavours of the region.
Our Rooftop Terrace Grill serves you the fresh catch of the day from the fishing villages along the Bay of Bengal for dinner, marinated in finely ground masalas, and grilled to perfection, with a view of the starry sky.
Visit Athangudi, a picturesque village about 10 km away from Visalam, and discover the ancient technique of tile making by hand, found in every traditional Chettiar home.
Chettinad is famous for its sarees and textiles, and you get the chance to see up close and personal how these legendary fabrics are brought to life with the skill of a handloom.
Take a ride through history as we transport you via bullock cart through a timeless culture with stopovers at the farmers market, antique shops, ancient temples, and lost artisans of the Chettinad legacy.
Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul through the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda, with a range of herbal massages and relaxing therapies, personalised to you and prescribed by expert practitioners.
Learn the secrets of Chettinad cuisine from an Aachi (elderly lady) in an interactive kitchen experience that pushes the boundaries of your culinary expertise, amidst the aroma of freshly ground spices.
Egg White Polished Walls
Ancient Game of Pallanguzhi
From Madurai Airport: About 98.7 km or 2 hr
From Tiruchirappalli International Airport: About 72.5 km or 1 hr 16 mins
From Chettinad Railway Station: About 2 km or 5 mins
Wear light cottons, cool shades, and the right sunblock for the tropical summer. Chettinad is a great heritage destination with ancient temples, unique architecture and forgotten culture, best explored by foot. So, make sure you pack a comfortable pair of sneakers and a cap.