‘Kanchi Kudil’ – A Perfect Destination For Your Cultural HolidaysIt is slightly hard to imagine that an old house can be a famous tourist attraction, but Kanchi Kudil located at Kanchipuram depicts the perfect example of the same in front of us. Kudil is known as a house and hence the name of this place represents a house in Kanchipuram. What is so special about this house, that people from all around the nation come to visit the same? Well to give your eagerness a stop, let me tell you that it shows entire Kanchipuram culture and heritage of many centuries to the visitors at one place.
It is almost a century old house and resembles the architecture of those old days. Even before entering the house, you will see a place to sit for people. It is called ‘thinnai’ and is part of a traditional house of Kanchipuram. In earlier days, people used to sit in their thinnai and talk with their neighbours. Also, sometimes strangers used to come and take rest here in those times. Sometimes the rest used to be extended to the sleeping for an entire night. Kolam is another thing to notice at the entrance itself. It is a decorative painting and is done in most of the south Indian houses till date. Although the house is so old, still all the modern amenities including power and standard washroom facilities are available here.
There are several rooms in the house including the master's room, room for the women and children, pooja room, verandah and backyard with agricultural implements. As you enter the house, you can clearly see an old teak-wood table and chairs kept in the living room of the house. People used to stay in joint families in old days and that is why the house is full of items used by them at that time. Attractions of the house include a large swing, paintings and photos of women with traditional jewelry, a model of a woman with silk sari and jewelry, grain storage room, the statues and photos of various Gods, crockery items and stove of that era, showcases and decorative items. All the items are of the ancient time only and exhibit a true essence of those days. Furniture is of teak wood, while earthen pots are used as crockery and most of the decorative are of metal only.
Reaching this place is pretty easy as one has to take the road opposite to the famous Ekambareeswarar Temple to reach here and anybody will suggest you the way as the place is very nearby to the temple. Most of the tourists are attracted to this place only because it showcase the cultural and heritage history of this town, while some visit to enjoy the craft exhibitions and live demonstrations held from time to time here. It is a must visit for people living in the cities to show the culture of old times to their children and attaching them to our heritage more. It is a very peaceful place and is definitely the best to enjoy a traditional cooked meal.