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Kanadukathan, the culinary capital of Tamil Nadu, is famous for its Chettinad cuisine. Serving largely fish based dishes, some of the most flavoursome (read spiciest) in India are served with traditional South Indian accompaniments such as dosa, appam and idlis. Also known for its historic temples and its architecture: the entrances of the older houses resemble that of the temples. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kanadukathan all reflect the local history.
A laid back Tamil town with a population of under 5000, Kanadukathan will be of particular interest to foodies or those looking for a less touristy destination.
There are numerous temples to visit in Kanadukathan but the Chettiar Oorni Vinayagar and Ponnazhagi Amman Temples are the most impressive. Visit during May to catch the Goddess of Beauty festival, a ten-day affair in which the whole town gets involved.
There are plenty of cooking classes available in Kanadukathan so you can take home those famous Chettinad flavours.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kanadukathan all provide a charming and welcoming stay.
For an eco stay
- Another fantastic offering from one of our favourite, eco-friendly hotel chains, CGH Earth. Visalam is housed in a historic mansion and verdant grounds. With a grand wooden beamed dining hall in which they come up trumps with their sublime cuisine (cooking classes are available). Rooms are large with terracotta tiles, high ceilings and some with private balconies. Plus there is a delightful pool.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kanadukathan to start to plan your trip. Want to look further afield - check out all our Tamil Nadu recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Kanadukathan
Visalam 15 rooms from £135Kanadukathan
Eco-friendly historic mansion, with pool and library, a secluded spot to relax and soak up regional culture. The hotel restaurant allows you to taste the flavours of Chettinad, the culinary capital of Tamil Nadu. Rooms evoke an atmosphere of old-world India's grace and timeless elegant grandeur.Sights nearby - 6.2 miles from the famous Thirumayam Fort and 9.3 miles from the ancient Ayanar Temple.Remote - Off the beaten track.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRomantic - Good for couples.