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Heritage in Chettinad - Madurai, Tamil Nadu

The Chettinad region is located in Sivaganga district. The main town here is Karaikudi. Chettinad is home to the Nagarathar-business community. They set up their business in South Eastern countries over tow centuries ago and became prosperous in the process. Some of that wealth was invested in lavish mansions back in their native Chettinad, many of which still survive to this day.

The homes are noted for their use of Burma teak and the intricate carvings are noteworthy. Unique feature of these houes is their generous use of the locally made (Athangudi) tiles which keep the houses cool. And is situated 85 Km from Madurai.

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