Day 5 : Tanjore – Trichy (1.5 hours)- Chettinadu (2hrs)
After breakfast travel through the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu to Trichy. On arrival at Trichy, visit Amma Mandapam on the banks of the Cauvery River with views of the Rock Fort Temple and Sri Rangam Temple. You will be excited to put Mehandi on your hands. Mehandi is the traditional art of painting the hands with a paste made from the powdered, dried leaves of henna plant. Mehandi is often viewed as Women’s practice and it is applied as a means to cool down the body. Late afternoon drive to Chettinadu
On the way you will be able to visit a most unusual village temple deep where offerings to the gods are presented in the form of brightly painted terracotta animals- horses, bullocks and elephants. Continue towards Kannudakathan, arriving for lunch at your accommodation. The people of this region are the Chettiars, a banking and merchant sub-caste who, over several centuries, made their fortunes trading with empires to the east and west. The intermingling of influences is dizzying- Burmese teak, Italian marble, British steel and a myriad of architectural styles are used and blended in these colossal buildings (some of which are over 40,000 sq. ft.) and you will not only get the chance to explore some of these buildings, but to stay in one too.
While the men of Chettinadu Region earned money by crossing the seas, the “AACHI”, the senior most female in the house controlled the finances of the household. The arts and crafts of Chettinadu occupies a distinct position in South India folklore. Wood Carving, Silver embellishment, palm-leaf baskets, hand-made tiles, architectural styles, woven saris, refined cuisine and egg plastering are the most visible contributions to the Indian arts and crafts.