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The Chettinad mansions are gigantic homes in a jumble of architectural styles 

Photo Credit: All photos Radhika Misra

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By Team Lounge
Published Oct 15, 2023

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The sumptuous interiors contain everything from Neo Classical to Art Nouveau to Art Deco styles

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These palaces were built in the 19th and 20th century by Nattukotai Chettiars to mark their success in trade in South-East Asia

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The massive homes, many of them now abandoned, rise out of an arid, rural landscape as if in a hallucination

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Some homes still retain their old-world splendor and welcome guests in the traditional way 

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A few of the homes have been converted into luxury hotels, which pride themselves on excellent service 

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The rooms of the mansions are stuffed with brass and silverware brought by young brides over the decades 

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Beautiful furniture and fixtures made of polished Burma teak lie in the hallways of these massive mansions

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The region is known for its palm weaving craft and baskets

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The mansions are the reason to visit at any time, apart from tasting the regional Chettiar food

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