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Karaikudi, the biggest city in the district of Sivaganga, is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is famous as the capital of Chettinad region, comprising Karaikudi with 74 other villages. It is also known as one of the five fastest emerging vacation spots for visitors. The historic buildings, outstanding local cuisines and excellent shopping delights make the place ideal for tourists. A type of plant called 'Karai' spread over this area is also associated with the name of the city and also the name of the houses(Karai Veedu) built with a special kind of lime stones.

Karaikudi is customarily a part of the inherited residence of the Chettiyars. The Nattukottai Chettiyars was a flourishing banking community, successful in overseas trade in South as well as Southeast Asia in the 19th & early 20th centuries.