Tamil Nadu Merchant House

From Kandanur Village, Ramnad District


This house is representative of the ancestral homes of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a merchant community found scattered through the 76-80 remaining “Chettiar” villages in the present day Ramnad, Pudukottai and Sivaganga districts of Tamil Nadu.

The outside columned verandah (Burmese teak) and the central courtyard have been authentically relocated and reconstructed from a house in Aryakudi village dated to 1895.  The door and inner verandah, dating back to c.1900, are from a house in Kandanur village.