Proposed program for a two-night stay at Saratha Vilas:Recommended visits on the way from/to Trichy or Tanjore:
DAY 1-Afternoon - Village
tour: 2 to 3 hours
Visit of Saratha Vilas, a Chettiar mansion built in 1905’S, where one can see the different components of a Chettiar home, the Natai, the Patalea, the outside and inside Thinnai, the main courtyard, the Valavu, the egg plaster, Belgium mirrors, etc.
From Saratha Vilas exploring the village of Kothamangalam with its
Chettiar streets comprised of unique architectural ensembles. Visit of
the Ayyanar shrine with its terracotta offerings.
We provide indications and a map of the village, for a free discovery or guided tour.
DAY 2 - Explore
Kanadukathan: Visit of the Raja’s village of Kanadukathan with its large streets lined with palatial houses. Walk around the “Matta oorani” with nice view on the Chettinad Palace and visit the 1870’ VVRM house with its unique carved columns and elements of architecture typical to the region. Opposite the VVRM House one can also visit the majestic CVRm House with its imposing main hall. (entrance fee)
Chettinad cotton saris (Kandangi), demonstration of hand loom weaving. Shopping of checked fabrics, saris and large scarf called dupatta.
Pallathur: Walk through the Chettiar village of Pallathur comprised of great ensembles of palatial architecture over a dense network of narrow streets planned of a grid iron pattern.
Kothadi: Visit of the Arraynar shrine Solai Andavan where one can see alignment of terracotta figures offered by the villagers to the village Deity.
Karaikkudi: Shopping at the antique market in Karaikkudi the economic centre of the region: original 1900’s lacquers from Burma, wooden carved panels, brass vessels coming from the Chettiars dowries, imported item such as Japanese tiles, enamel vessels from Czechoslovakia, etc.
Athangudi: Demonstration at Athangudi Tiles Factory. The glossy
decorative cement tiles of Athangudi are typical of the Chettiar
houses with various patterns and combination of colors. The craftsmen
will show the visitors the different ways of using colors and the
different possible tile’s decoration. (entrance fee)
Visit of the Palace, the “Lakshmi House”, a 1920’s building, comprising an imposing hall made of granite columns, marble flooring, decorative painting and wooden carved ceiling enhanced by fine paintings. (entrance fee)