Chettinad, the land of the Chettiars, is a collection of 78 villages and towns in the Sivaganga district of eastern Tamil Nadu. Famous for its Nattukottai Mansions, Kandaangi saris and Chettinad cuisine (obviously), the region has attracted the world’s attention for quite a while, by quite a while I mean centuries. The Natukottai Chettiar also known as the Nagarathars, who are the residents of Chettinad are considered to be the pioneers of banking and trade.Chettinad has been the center of trade for everything from salt to gems, with countries like Burma, Malaysia and Singapore since the 17th century . One cannot but admire the grandeur of the stunning Chettinad palaces, some large enough to accommodate hundreds of people. These palatial homes are a testament to the immense exposure this small region has had with the rest of the word with teak pillars from Burma, marble tiles from Italy, stained glass from france and ceiling tiles from Spain.