On the ground floor, the architecture is typically Tamil, with the
outdoor and inners verandahs (thinnai
and pattalea), with the
central courtyard surrounded by its puja
rooms on each side, with the women’s hall and kitchen courtyard.
However one can also see western influences on the front façade and
higher floors, with features of classical architecture.
Streets in grid pattern with compound walls running around the
properties are aligned of with the street axis, the houses are set back
from this alignment and built with common height which seem to be
inspired by both the Tamil science of space organization, the Vastu
and by the layout of the colonial cities. Even if the
façades of the mansions bear witness of personal extravaganza of rich
merchants, the Chettinad villages stand out with their remarkable
unity in architecture and urban planning
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