Built by the community of Chettiars in between centerpiece1850s and 1950s, these mansions located in sleepy villages of Tamil Nadu are a pinnacle of architecture. The Chettiars were traders in South East Asia during the British rule and the large mansions were a showcase of their wealth. In a bid to show off their prowess, each mansion was built to be better than the next and used imported material for the interiors. They were built with Burma Teak, flooring made from Italian marble, adorned with Belgian mirrors, French clocks and Moroccan chandeliers. While every mansion may look similar from the outdoors, their interiors are unique and stunning. The layout of the mansions is also very similar, with an open to sky verandah in the middle which was a communal sleeping area, and specific areas for conducting weddings and functions. However, as time passed by, the later generations moved out of the small towns and given the high maintenance required for the properties, a majority of them are in a derelict condition today. A few of them have been converted to hotels and are maintained and a few are open to tourists for a small fee.