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Hotel Visalam: Live The Chettiar Life At This Heritage Mansion In Karaikudi

    What Makes It Awesome

    Synonymous with the Karaikudi region, the Chettiar community has infused the place with a rich legacy. The Visalam property is one of those - an elegant, whitewashed mansion, that was built by the very affluent K.V.A.L.M. Ramanathan Chettiar for his daughter, Vishala. While Vishala and the Chettiar family never really made a home out of it, the mansion was converted into a CGH Earth hotel around fifty years later.

    The property is expansive, and you can expect plenty of wiggle room. The massive rooms are adorned with vintage furniture – intricately carved cots, chairs with weave work, old-world study and dressing tables. At the back of the property, there is a pool where you can shake off some of that Karaikudi heat.

    Since its heritage is Karaikudi’s USP, Visalam gives you a taste of it on its very own premises. You can sit in the wide inner courtyard and play a game of Pallanguli (a traditional board game). You can even hop on for a bumpy ride on a vintage bullock cart that will take you through the streets of Karaikudi. You can also tuck into fiery Chettinad preparations at Visalam and pick up a few recipes too. The kitchens here conduct regular culinary programmes where you can learn how to whip a Chettinad meal. Otherwise, settle in and order up one of Visalam’s renowned thalis, featuring delicacies typical to the Chettinad region. 


    Of course, there is plenty to do and explore in Karaikudi outside the gates of Visalam. Read all about it here.