Chettinad Heritage Museum in Karaikkudi

Chettinad Heritage MuseumChettinad is well known for its cultural and traditional values. Karaikkudi received a very important place in the list of “Living Heritages” in May 2007. It is connected with many other important Indian cities with cultural artifacts. The Network of Indian Cities with Living Heritage is formed and managed by UNESCO. Recently, the developing urban center received a new museum. The Karaikkudi Chettinad Heritage Museum is a must visit for fervent travelers. It plays an integral role in the growth and development of Karaikkudi.

History of Chettinad Museum


The idea of setting up a Chettinad Museum in Karaikkudi began in 2007. This was when UNESCO acknowledged Karaikkudi as a heritage city. Moreover, the UNESCO and Chettinad Heritage committee joined hands to develop the colorful town of Chettiars. During this time, a three day international workshop was conducted in Karaikkudi. The splendid workshop revolved around different strategies that would develop the local heritage of Chettinad. The very first vision was showcased through the “Heritage House”. The Heritage House was proposed in 2009. However, later that year, UNESCO offered to establish a fabulous Chettinad Heritage Museum in Karaikkudi, Sivagangai District.

About Chettinad Heritage Museum

According to UNESCO, the museum is meant to carry the unique lifestyle of Chettiars. It is a combination of the rich community’s wealth and culture. The museum recognizes the unique architectures of Chettiars. Many consider the museum as a Heritage Home. It brings to light the living style of early Chettinad people. Tourists regard the Chettinad Heritage Museum as a must visit place in Karaikkudi. The museum features various ornaments, rare jewellery, unique clothes, huge grain bins, unforgettable copper water vats and many other artifacts that were used by Chettiars. These artifacts prove the rich and luxurious lifestyle of Chettiars. Also, it leaves traces of the community’s glorious activities. The Chettinad Heritage Museum clearly states that Chettiars hate the process of eating out.

Many Chettinad houses are a part of the Chettinad Heritage Museum. These houses can be used to showcase the theme’s of Chettinad community feasts, functions, marriages, rituals, arts, crafts and wood carvings. Best time to visit the Chettinad Heritage Museum. The museum could be visited during the months of February, March, October, November and December. These are warm months with a pleasant weather.

Chettinad Heritage Museum

Hotels near the Chettinad Heritage Museum

Chettinad Mansion
TKR Street, Behind Raja's Palace, Kanadukathan
Phone :
Price : From Rs. 5200

Golden Singar Hotel
Near Bus Stand, 100 Ft Road, Near Periyar Statue, Karaikkudi
Phone : 04565-235521
Price: Starts from Rs. 2100

Chettinad Court
Near Rajas Palace, Rajas Street, Kanadukatan, Near Karaikudi,
Phone :  91-4565-273080
Price : Starts from Rs. 2900

Visalam
No 7/1 143, Near Iob, Local Fund Road, Kanadukathan, Karaikudi - 630103 View Map
Phone : +(91)-4565-273301
Price: Starts from Rs. 6100

Chidambara Vilas
Ramachandrapuram, , Kadiapatti, Off Thirumayam Fort
Phone : +91 98 43 394533
Price : Starts from Rs. 9200

Chettinad Narayanaa Inn
Raja Street, Kanadukathan, Chettinaadu,
Phone : +919442636124
Price : Starts from Rs. 4000

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