Visalam, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Location: Kanadugathan, Tamil Nadu

Kanadugathan : a dynamic center of Chettiar communal and economic life.

Walking about the narrow streets of Kanadukathan – one of 9 villages of the prominent Chettiar community of these parts – you could be forgiven for having fallen back in time to a past that still looms large and casts its shadow upon the daily lives of people here ; where majestic villas, imposing colonial-style bungalows and other stately ruins of a bygone era trying to impress onlookers with their stature and grandeur. The marketplace is abuzz with activities that have not changed in a long time – crafts, jewelry, sculpture and woodwork – all of which form the economic, social and cultural leitmotif of this dynamic and ingenious merchant community. Shoppers can make some great buys and bargains here! And for those of you drawn to religion and want to explore the sacred in the lives of these people, Kanadukathan abounds in many temples known for their unique history, most notably the ancient 1800 years old Pallayiar Patti temple a short ride away

From ₹8,400 per room per night

UNCHANGING CHETTINAD

Step into the grandeur of a legacy. Visalam is a heritage Chettiar mansion preserved in time, where you get a peek into the rich, vibrant lifestyle of the erstwhile mercantile community. The art-deco interiors and architectural style of the mansion takes you back to 19th century Chettinad renowned for its palatial homes, fiery cuisine and colourful culture.

THE CHETTIAR LIFESTYLE

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. Ornate doorways, marble platforms, woodworked ceilings and Athangudi-tiled floors greet you. And transport you to a time and place with an earthiness that lends an old-world charm to the experience.

SPICES OF LIFE

Chettinad cuisine is renowned for its spices and aromas, a taste bestowed by fresh ground masalas. At Visalam, traditional dishes are prepared with authentic recipes and the fresh catch of the day from the fishing villages along the Bay of Bengal. The kitchen contains a long wooden dining table that stands adjacent to a row of shelves, holding the original brass dowry vessels left there by the woman for whom the mansion was originally built for. Lunch is served on this table, or at the Sapad Sala – a large airconditioned room that can accommodate 32 people. Breakfast is served in the garden, under the bougainvillea pergola. The pool-side café serves light lunch and snacks from 11am to 6pm. For dinner, head to the rooftop terrace grill with a view of the starry sky.

UNWIND TIME

The mansion is a sanctuary from the mundane. Put your feet up and read a book in the quiet garden, relax by the pool or learn to play Pallanguzhi – a game from the past.

A RIDE TO REMEMBER

The favourite mode of transport in Chettinad is as old as the region. Hitch a ride on a bullock-cart or get on a bicycle to explore a timeless, thriving culture. On the eventful ride, you will come across snippets of history, crossing a weaver conjuring up magic, breezing past a busy farmers’ market, witnessing artisans crafting sundried tiles, and an old Aachi preparing delicious murukkus.

There is a lot of treasure to be discovered

GATHERING MEMORIES

As you step into the past, stop by at the farmers’ market from where fresh produce is picked to make delectable cuisine for you. You can also take home souvenirs of the Chettiar legacy from the antique shops. The locals are warm, friendly and happy to help. They will add to the authentic, memorable experience of your trip.

LANDMARKS OF THE PAST

The streets of Chettinad are lined with temples and mansions that embody the majestic architecture of the era of the Chola kings. The temples bear intricate carvings on pillars and colourful idols of Gods. As you wander through the town, you will be walking in time experiencing a celebrated heritage inits full glory.

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Amenities and Services:



Visalam recalls a way of life that was truly extraordinary. The Chettiar community of this region were prosperous traders who loved the good life. Their palatial houses were standing testaments to an aesthetic sense that was lofty in its conception and painstaking in its details. A celebrated residence though it once was, Visalam today is a veritable museum, having preserved almost everything of its original character and interiors from the time it was built almost a century ago. The rooms are large with high ceilings, gleaming floors and polished windows and doors that characterize comfort and luxury of a very warm and intimate kind. The furniture is period in style, flawlessly crafted and made from the finest Burma teak. The floors and walls are inlaid with the famous Aathangudy tiles that are handmade to this very day. To complement this antique spirit of the house, we have added a service style that is rooted in the tradition and culture of this region, making for a holiday experience that is as magnificent as it is local in nature.

  • Check-in at 2 pm and Check-out at 11 am

  • Dental Kit

  • Shaving Kit

  • Comb

  • Bathrobe

  • Hairdryer

  • Footwear

  • Tea / Coffee Maker

  • 2 Bottles of Packaged Drinking Water per day

  • Sewing Kit

  • Electric Iron on request

  • Safe Deposit Locker

  • Hot and Cold Water

  • Iron board on Request

  • WiFi is complimentary

  • Air conditioned rooms

CHETTINAD ROOM

The Chettinad rooms are comfortable with high ceilings, gleaming floors and polished windows and doors. We have comfy beds and handcrafted cozy bed linen. The floors and walls are inlaid with the famous Aathangudy tiles that are handmade to this very day. Only some of these rooms have a small balcony overlooking the garden. There is also an attached bathroom with hot/cold water and necessary bathroom toiletries.

CHETTINAD SUITE

The Deluxe rooms are large with high ceilings, gleaming floors and polished windows and doors that characterize comfort and luxury of a very warm and intimate kind. The furniture is period in style, flawlessly crafted and made from the finest Burma teak. We have comfy beds and handcrafted cozy bed linen. The floors and walls are inlaid with the famous Aathangudy tiles that are handmade to this very day. All the rooms have a balcony overlooking the garden where you can have a quiet afternoon reading, you can even choose you to have your tea out here. There is also an attached bathroom with hot/cold water and necessary bathroom toiletries.

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