Chettinad | Superior

In Kanadukathan, one of the cluster of villages in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, Visalam is a 70-year-old mansion lovingly restored and converted to offer atmospheric guest accommodation.

The traditional homes of the prosperous Chettiar trading community in Chettinad were grand and elegant, and Visalam is a fine example, its art deco-inspired exterior giving onto an interior of lofty ceilings and polished tile floors. Local tile makers, weavers, carpenters and stone workers were employed during the conservation work, and no sweeping changes were made, except to partition up the mansion’s grand halls into comfortable guest rooms.

The 15 guest rooms are very spacious and airy, with high ceilings, gleaming floors inlaid with handmade Aathangudy tiles and period teak furniture. Throws and cushions are made by the famous local handloom weavers of Chettinad. The pale walls glow with a pearly lustre, thanks to a local formula that includes egg shells and seashells that’s added to the plaster and then polished with egg white.

The exciting, spicy cuisine of Chettinad is served here, with the covered restaurant on the top floor terrace a particularly beautiful place to dine as the lights of the village come on at dusk. There’s a pretty garden café and another on a terrace at one end of the pool, and anyone intrigued by Chettinad’s unique cuisine can take part in an interactive kitchen session. Prefer to relax and be pampered? Swim in the pool, tucked away in a courtyard, or enjoy an Ayurvedic massage.

We Say

A palatial mansion, painstakingly restored to give a flavour of old-time Chettinad.


7/1, 143 Local Fund Road, Kanadukathan, Karaikudi

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  • Your Accommodation
    • 15 rooms & suites
    • Superior room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Sapadu Shala
    • Terrace Grill
    • Garden Café
    • Pool Café
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Swimming pool
    • Ayurvedic treatments
    • Library
    • Cookery lessons

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