Chidambra Villas
Facilities

The Chidambara Vilas has a varied clientele with different requirements, but commonly looking for a unique experience.
Our guests include domestic and international tourists looking for a unique experience, to Chettiars and South Indians looking to reconnect with their heritage, to architects and chefs looking to observe authentic Chettinad culture to translate into their field of work. Temple tourists on the Trichy-Madurai-Tanjavur circuit also stop by and utilize the opportunity to enjoy the authentic experience at Chidambara Vilas. Chidambara Vilas is also used as a venue for business meetings to be conducted in a relaxing atmosphere.
As a result Chidambara Vilas has all the facilities expected at a luxury property, and yet set in the context of the Authentic Chettinad format.

Banquet and Conference Hall
Banquet and Conference HallAn airconditioned and spacious banquet and conference hall is available for businesses looking to utilize the space to hold events in a luxurious but unique environment. The quiet and private atmosphere at Chidambara Vilas is well suited to host any occasion from business meetings to get togethers.
The banquet and conference hall at Chidambara Vilas can accomodate upto 60 pax.
 

 

Swimming Pool
Swimming PoolFrom a dedicated lounge area that includes pool beds and umbrellas, to the dimmed light options for the water in the pool, enjoy a full fledged pool experience while relaxing at Chidambara Vilas. Whether you want to catch the sun, or enjoy a swim or just lounge with a book after a sumptous meal, the swimming pool is just a few meters away from your room. The private swimming pool in the heritage property tucked away in the heart of Chettinad, provides the perfect place to unwind and recharge in a quiet atmosphere. Get away from it all in Chidambara Vilas, nestled in nature and heritage whilst in the lap of the finest luxury.

 

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Indoor Activities
Discover the secrets of authentic Chettinad cuisine through cookery classes with local chefs. Enjoy the colorful and aromatic
experience of garland making techniques, handed down over centuries. Participate in designing colorful and auspicious ‘Kolam’ designs with locals. Join family and friends in traditional games played in the region. Watch local artists from the area as they craft an ornate mehendi design of your choice.
Visitors to Chidambara Vilas can participate in various outdoor activities that are arranged by the staff, which are designed to help explore and discover what the Chettinad region can offer.

Garland making
FacilitesGarland makingFlowers play a very important role in the Chettinad culture, and indeed in the way of life all over south india. Flowers are used for every auspicious occasion, in particular among the Hindu community. Only selected flowers and fresh flowers are used.
Aromatic flowers are used to lend a fragrance to the place of the occasion, whether its worship or a community event. The flowers are used mainly in the form of garlands, and this has evolved into an art form over the past centuries. Some flowers
used are jasmine, champaka, lotus, lillies, ashoka, nerium/oleander, chrysanthemum, roses, hibiscus, pinwheel flowers and manoranjitam. The Chettinad region is well known for its temples, which play a central role in every town, from the layout to the economics and artforms. The patronage of the temples has taken the art form of Garland making to new heights. Tons of flowers are picked everyday to use in worship and community events, and the expert garland makers come up with innovative ways to display the flowers. The rituals and flowers used vary between the deity of the temples and regional systems. Every Chettinad clan has its own temple with variations on the core rituals.
The garland culture in Chettinad plays a role in all aspects of life, and learning about it is an experience in itself. Learn about the different kinds of exotic flowers and leaves used in the garlands, and in particular regional favorites. Join the women in plucking the fragrant and aromatic flowers from the gardens around the area. Watch the women deftly string together the flowers in different aromatic and visual combinations using techniques handed down over generations. Make your own garland design with the flowers of your choice. Observe the rituals surrounding the use of flowers for the various Gods. Learn about the myths of the garland makers of the various temples that dot the region, some of whom have pledged their entire lives to garland making for the gods. Garland making is an intensely spiritual exercise with a soothing effect with the natural colors and fragrances. It is also a community affair, which allows every woman to participate in the activity of worship. At Chidambara Vilas, visitors can experience the fragrant and colorful role of flowers in the daily life of the people in the
Chettinad region.

Kolam
KollamDrawing Kolams is a tradition practised in Chettinad homes as a sign of good luck and prosperity. It is intended to welcome the Hindu goddess of wealth – Goddess Lakshmi. The kolam is drawn at the entrance to the house or the gate. It is drawn with the bare hands and using ground rice. There are also various colored powders used in the design. The colored powders are mixed with sand to lend a texture and shimmer. Designing a kolam is a work of art, including the border design, choice of colors and the actual execution.
Learn the art of drawing colorful ‘Kolams’ that are practised since ancient times in the Chettinad region. Participate in the process of designing Kolams, including choosing colors and the actual hand drawing methods used to create the Kolam. Its a creative and fun activity for women and children. Take a trip around the town to view the myriad Kolams drawn in front of the
various houses.
In Chettinad, the joint family system meant that there were several ladies who could participate in the creation of the Kolam. The Kolams were a regular fixture in front of Chettinad homes. Large, beautiful and complex kolams were made by the ladies for whom it was a matter of pride. The kolams had to match the opulent chettinad homes to whom it welcomed visitors. From ancient times, Chettinad women have created these magnificient designs in the first light of dawn, presenting a magical sight to behold at the threshold of the opulent homes. This was done to welcome wealth into the home, ward of evil spirits and eventually to feed the ants and birds that carry away the rice powder. Today, visitors to Chidambara vilas can become part of this colorful and auspicious tradition.

Games
GamesChidambara Vilas includes dedicated activity spaces for indoor games ranging from contemporary games like carroms, to traditional games like Pallankuzhi (a traditional wooden board game), Thayam (similar to Snakes and Ladders). Relax with children and family or meet up with other visitors over the range of activities available.

 

 

Mehendi

Mehandi

Mehndi is a form of skin decoration involving creating temporary tattoos in various designs using Henna. The color of the temporary decoration ranges from red to black. It originated in South East Asia and is used by all communities in India as a form of decoration and during religious festivals and events. Visitors to Chidambara Vilas have the option of having Mehendi designs done based on designs of their choice. Mehendi is a ceremonial art form thats relaxing and ornate. Expert locals will apply ornate designs that stay with you for a few days as a reminder of your trip to Chidambara Vilas.
 

 

Cookery classes
CookeryThe world famous Chettinad cooking originated in this region and visitors to Chidambara Vilas have the opportunity of joining local chefs in preparation of the cuisine. Whether its to watch and take notes, or to participate hands on, its a chance to understand the authentic roots of the unique cuisine cooked with ingredients local to the region. Visitors can also quiz the chefs on tips and tricks to create the perfect Chettinad dish, and discover some lesser known dishes from the vast number of options available from starters to desserts.

 

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Dining
DiningThe Chettinad cuisine is a product of the unique local flavours, landscape and ingredients that trace back to centuries ago when the region was adopted by Chettiars. It has also evolved from the broad exposure of the Chettiar business community through their travels to all parts of the world. Just like the architecture and furniture, the cuisine is unique to the region that lends it its name.
 

 

A unique culinary experience
Chidambara Vilas recreates the entire culinary experience from the historical context – from the preparation and presentation of food to the settings. This is done using three unique experiences – Interactive kitchen, Experiential dining and Fine Dining, each with deep ties to the culinary and historical background of the Chettiar lifestyle

A range of tastes and settings
Experience the whole platter of Chettinad cuisine, from spicy fare that is served on freshly cut banana plantain leaves, to vintage cutlery in the very formal settings that the British Raj were entertained by the powerful Chettiar community and interact with local chefs preparing food using regional ingredients and traditional techniques.

Extensive menu
The menu is designed to cover the depth of Chettinad cuisine so that every meal uncovers a new aspect of its vast options.
At Chidambara Vilas you can truly claim to have savoured Chettinad cuisine at its traditional best, at the place where it all began.

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The Chettinad Kitchen
The Chettinad KitchenChidambara Vilas provides a rare glimpse into the traditional Chettiar Kitchen through the interactive kitchen concept where local chefs cook Chettinad food with locally sourced ingredients and traditional techniques. Visitors can interact with the chefs through a translator to learn about the origins of this world famous cuisine. The open kitchen allows visitors to try their hand at traditional techniques that bring an added dimension to the flavours and textures that are found nowhere else. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the traditional Chettiar kitchen and savour the unique dishes that it has to offer.

Rustic ambience
The interactive kitchen is held in a courtyard open to the sky and is conducted by local ladies that cook breakfast right in front of the residents. The rustic surroundings, the brightly lit spaces and the crisp morning air form the backdrop as you savour the delicacies made right before your eyes.

The craft of chettinad cooking
The Chettiar kitchen is a treasure trove of information. The classic dishes have been perfected over centuries and the cuisine is associated with strong flavours that range from spicy to sweet. The manual techniques used in cooking predate the modern era and is based on individual care for every dish. A large variety of spices are used along with the regional ingredients. The Cuisine encompasses everything from starters to multi course meals with over twenty dishes. The cooking has been influenced by the exposure of the Chettiars to cuisines from Europe and Asia during their travels.

Cuisine as part of hospitality
The Chettiars laid great importance to hospitality, and regularly hosted large gatherings. Cooking was a community affair and traditionally managed by the women in the family who held great pride in their delicious fare. Recipes of century old dishes were handed down through generations through community cooking. A large and important area of the house was dedicated to the kitchen and banquet halls, which showcases the importance of cuisine in their day to day life.

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Traditional Lunch Hall
Lunch HallThe Chettiars were well known for their opulence but also for their real world practicality. While they evolved their own style of eclectic sensibilities from their many travels, they also kept close their traditional preferences. This is reflected in the Lunch hall where the food was served off freshly cut plantain leaves and the food eaten with the hand from spartan tables devoid of any ornateness.

 

Simple presentation and rich content
The focus was on a simple ceremony in which the food was the center of attraction. This is rustic Chettinad cuisine at its finest – a unique mix of simple presentation, local flavours and rich content. The food is served in the traditional manner across the leaf as a multi course banquet served together surrounding the rice. The various dishes can number well above a dozen and each with its own identity, flavour profile and texture.

Classic dishes
Most dishes have been invented centuries ago and are enjoyed in the original format even today. The recipes have been handed down over generations and use ingredients selected from local sources.

The experience of dining
The process of dining is an experience in itself and the staff at Chidambara Vilas are at hand to guide you on the traditional method of partaking the meal, including how the various dishes are traditionally paired with each other for the best experience. It is also encouraged to eat with the hand as is the custom, and the staff themselves dress in the traditional “mundu veshti” when serving at the Lunch hall.

At Chidambara Vilas, you can truly experience the combination of historical settings, traditional presentation and authentic flavours to understand the best of what this world famous cuisine has to offer.

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Kalyana Kottagai
Fine DiningThe formal banquet is served to guests at the Kalyana Kottagai, as part of the carefully crafted menu for the period of the stay. The cuisine consists of Chettinad delicacies and can be subtly customized to guest’s preferences.
Recreating the vintage dining experience Chettiars also played host to British visitors from the time of the Raj, and a similar setting is recreated for dining at Chidambara Vilas, through the use of vintage lighting, cutlery and ornate furniture. The pillared columns, ornate lighting, woodwork and the double height ceilings bring back the ambience of British era luxury, creating a perfect setting for savouring the Chettinad cuisine.
 

Legendary hospitality
The ceremonial hall has been the setting for many formal events over the past century, and used to entertain guests of the powerful Chettiar community who were famous for their legendary hospitality. The large kitchens bear testimony to the feast prepared regularly for visitors. The cuisine was a medium for Chettiars to treat their visitors, along with the lavish settings and extreme attention to detail. The same approach to hospitality is recreated at Chidambara Vilas.
 

The setting
Kalyana Kottagai literally translates to marriage hall and was an opulent interior courtyard used for ceremonies. Chettinad mansions were the only place where personal marriage halls and banquet halls could be found. Even so, these were seen only in the most opulent mansions like the Chidambara Vilas. The size of the houses varied with the reputation of the merchant, and the hall at Chidambara Vilas is testament to its elevated standing among Chettinad homes.

 

Location

Benchmark Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

141, 2nd floor Sant Nagar

East of Kailash,

New Delhi - 110065, India.

 

Contact Us

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