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Visalam, Chettinad



Excellent standards without the big price tag

Our rating: Premium | Property style: Heritage Hotel

Visalam is a real gem in the heart of Tamil Nadu where a warm and friendly staff will go out of their way to make your stay an unforgettable experience. This century old mansion, has been converted into a lovely boutique hotel comprising of 15 very spacious rooms, simply furnished yet with a warm and elegant character. The central courtyard surrounded by colonnades and featuring traditional tiles transports you to the opulent time of the Chettiar lifestyle. Hidden within the garden is an outdoor pool with bubble jets, located next to the dining area. At Visalam you can savour the flavours and aromas of Southern India and even try your hand at cooking by attending the hotel’s culinary demonstration. Alcohol is not served here. As with most CGH properties, filtered water is served in glass bottles and there are daily experiences included such as Kolam making or village cycling.


Other properties in Chettinad

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Bangala Hotel, Chettinad

With traditional interiors and beautiful gardens the traditional Bangala Homestay offers guests a chance to take a step back in time in comfort. Set in Chettinad, a region with its own distinct culture and traditions, the hotel reflects the lavish Chettiar's lifestyle. Serving a seven course meal consititing of the world famous chettinad cuisine every day, the hotel also provides fitness, spa and pool facilities. The rooms are large and decorated and furnished with Chettinad mosaic work and antique furniture. With your morning tea served to you in your room and a library filled with classic and local books to browse there are many little extras to keep you occupied during your stay at this hotel.

Superior | Boutique Hotel

Chidambara Vilas, Chettinad

One of the most beautifully restored Chettiar homes in Chettinad, Chidambara Vilas is a 110-year-old home that has been lovingly restored into a luxury hotel. The large building features intricate detailing, colourful motifs and interiors from around the world. The 25 spacious rooms reflect their original charm with wooden beams on the ceilings and the iconic Athangudi tiles, without compromising on modern day comforts, and face the pool or are in the main building. The pool is an ideal place to unwind after a day of sightseeing or enjoy a traditional Chettinad meal in the hotel restaurant. There is a period games room and events hall for special occasions, as well as a roof tower for the best views of the historic area.

Tours Featuring Chettinad


South India - Tamil Nadu & Karnataka Highlights

This classic journey will take you through the historic and cultural heartland of Southern India, famous for its architecture, artisans and crafts, cuisine, textiles, UNESCO Chola temples, rural landscapes and colourful markets.
15 days from A$5,485

South India - Tamil Nadu and Kerala Highlights

Travelling from the east coast to the west, take in the very best of cultural highlights and landscapes of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
16 days from A$6,355

South India Family Adventure

South India is an ideal destination for a family holiday, with an abundance of culture, wildlife and fun activities. You can enjoy walks, kayaking, cycling in the countryside, as well as some much-needed downtime.
8 days from A$5,236