Full-day tour of Athanagudi
Excursions & day trips

Full-day tour of Athanagudi

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 8 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore the history, culture, cuisine, and crafts of the Chettinad district
  • Visit the traditional tile-making and pottery units in Athanagudi
  • Discover Chettinad weaves and handloom saris at the antique market in Karaikudi
What to expect

In this tour, you will explore the history, culture, cuisine, and crafts of the Chettinad district. It's named after the Chettiars, a powerful and prosperous business community, which has strongly influenced the region's culture, crafts, and cuisine. They built a large number of elaborate 19th-century mansions in a mix of Indian and European styles.

Drive to Athanagudi, to visit the traditional tile-making and pottery units. The brightly patterned Athanagudi tiles were commissioned by the Chettiars for their mansions and are entirely handmade, even now. Then, from Athanagudi, you will drive to the Thirumayam Fort, which was built in the 17th century and has been a site of several battles and intrigues. Nearby is the small town of Kanadukathan, famous for its grand old-style mansions with elaborate woodwork, terracotta, and tile work. You may also check out the antique market in Karaikudi and the local weaving units that produce the famous Chettinad weaves and famous Chettinad handloom saris.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Entrance fees to sites
    • Guided tour
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle
    What's not included
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Tips (optional)
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 6-11)
    Where

    Pick-up from your hotel in Madurai. The pick-up is only from city hotels (within 10km) and if guests wish to be picked up in the outskirts there will be a supplement to be paid on site.

    Meeting point:

    During booking, you will be asked to provide your pick-up address. Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator whose contact information can be found in the voucher after booking.

    What to remember
    • This tour is unsuitable for children under 6 years old
    • Please re-confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local partner at least 48 hours prior. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking
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    When
    • Daily
    • Tour starts at 8.00am and return to your hotel at 6.00pm
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    Provider
    Le Passage to India Tours and Travels Private Limited
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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