Aspects of Traditional south Indian homes

The southern Indian regions borrow aesthetics from each other but have adapted sensibilities unique to their particular culture. Here are a few features that distinguish traditional homes down south, from their neighbors.

  • Traditional Swing

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The Oonjal or Jhoola is a kind of swing, that is both furniture and cultural commodity. The wooden seat is typically anchored to the ceiling, with iron chains in links. Its cultural significance, as a relaxation spot for grandparents taking siestas, is a thing of nostalgia. These swings, which have been commonplace in independent homes are making their way into their apartments, as well.

  • Prayer room

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The prayer room is a staple in South Indian homes. Every contemporary residence, from luxury to budget flats in Chennai, will have an in-built ‘pooja room’. The doors of the alcove-like area, are embellished with tiny bells and wooden carvings.

  • Courtyard

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The courtyard is an element in many south Indian dwellings and is often a place for family bonding. The flooring is typically laid in red-oxide, as is in the rest of the residence. With an increase in the practicality of apartments over independent houses, courtyards have come to represent tradition or understated luxury.

  • Ornate art

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The Tanjore painting is easily recognisable as an art form associated with Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur to be precise. Deities and figures from Hindu mythology are recurring motifs in these paintings, which are represented in vivid colours, and laced with gold foil. The painting is framed with teak wood, lending it a regal look.

  • Artefacts

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Brass lamps, metallic vessels, and statuettes adorn many homes. A Nilavilaku or Kutthuvilaku is a traditional lamp, which is found in unique forms across temples, churches, and states too.

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*An Uruli is a cookware which is also used as an ornamental bowl, to float flowers in water.


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Finding the right location for your home

Here’s a checklist to make sure your home is in a part of the city, that’s just right for you.

  • Geography

Take time to decide whether you want to live in a green part of the city, by the beach or near the center of the town. Low lying areas are especially prone to flooding during the monsoons, so the house level should be adequately raised.

  • Locality

The kind of neighborhood you live in plays a role in your sense of belonging to the community. Choosing a location based on proximity to work or schools translates to ease in commuting.

  • Builder

It is always advisable to enquire in depth about the builders of the property you are considering. Review their previous projects and talk to existing tenants, to understand the living conditions in the area.

  • Amenities

Accessibility to pharmacies, departmental stores, and public transport is helpful in everyday life, and in emergency situations. Appaswamy’s Capella, located at the heart of the city, in Vadapalani, has a range of multiplexes, restaurants and health centers nearby.

  • Future prospects

From an investment standpoint, you should look into the current and future real estate value. Learn about government infrastructure projects and other developments in the vicinity. It can influence the monetary value of your residence and have an impact on the quality of life you lead.

  • Lifestyle

This might seem trivial at first, but it’s important to consider your family’s leisure activities and lifestyle. If you have children, look into the availability of hobby classes in the area. If you love socialising, consider gated communities, as there’s plenty of opportunity for interaction.

  • Security

The safety aspect is absolutely essential to check off. Inspect the area, both in the daytime and late evening, to understand the extent of mobility. This is crucial, given the long office hours in today’s workplaces.


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Open Floor vs Closed Floor Plans

Many builders in Chennai are knocking down walls, and experimenting with different styles of creating spaces. The open floor layout is one such idea that is seeing quite a number of takers. An open floor plan typically has one large unit, which serves as a living room, dining room and kitchen. A closed floor plan is one, which we conventionally know to be a space that’s divided by walls, to serve different functions.

Here’s what you should consider before deciding on a floor plan for your home.

Available area

The advantage of an open floor plan is that it can make small areas appear bigger. The absence of walls leaves more room for furniture and household items. It also allows for more light and ventilation. A closed floor plan will work in ideal conditions, where the house is spacious and well lit.

Cooking habits

Indian cuisine, being heavy in spices, involves quite a bit of frying and roasting. This can lead to odor lingering in the air and on fabrics, long after the process. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem in closed floor plans, as the areas are cordoned off with walls. If you want to go in for an open kitchen, make sure to get a noise-free exhaust that can push the fumes outside.


If you have a nuclear family, an open layout can help you keep an eye on the kids, as well as interact with them while you work. Throwing parties are great when you have more room to seat your guests. What’s more, the cook doesn’t miss out on the fun! If you don’t like the idea of the kitchen being open, you can go in for partitions in the areas with the cooking range and sink. Still not convinced? Opt for the closed floor design. then!

A lot of the factors that go into taking this decision, comes down to the kind of atmosphere you want. If you value your privacy and me time, go for closed floor plans. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys the company and breezy spaces, the open floor plan just might be your style!

Yours Truly, Terrace Garden

Summer holidays at our grandparents’ place not only meant being pampered and gorging on great food but also having a lush beautiful garden to enjoy in! Daydreaming, playing catch with our cousins, snacking on mangoes…the backyard garden has seen it all. As the years have passed, garden has adapted themselves to cities and managed to sneak into our apartments as terrace gardens.

Imagine an expanse of open green, cool air, flowers, and fruits hanging from trees like ornaments… isn’t it the perfect setting to huddle home for the evening? But a garden on your terrace is more than just decorative.

Increases happy hormones

Gardening is one of the greatest hobbies one could have, and for good reason. Studies show that caring for a garden not only helps you relax but also increases the body’s ‘happy hormone’ levels. Getting your hand’s muddy assists in getting rid of excess energy, helping you sleep better.

Makes better nurturers

If you have kids at home, gardening can make them good nurtures, putting them on the path to becoming responsible adults. It teaches them to be connected with other living things, to be gentle and caring.

Boosts confidence

And it’s not just for kids! Adults and the elderly, who are facing issues in their lives benefit from gardening as it gives them a sense of control. This, in turn, aids them to face the issue with increased positivity and confidence.

Builds community

During a time when families are becoming smaller, communities more disjointed, and communication more virtual, having a common terrace garden opens up avenues for interaction and bonding. It is no doubt that you’ll make friendships here that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Improves health

Where do we start? Apart from enhancing the flavour of your food, consuming freshly grown fruits and vegetables give a boost to your health and prevent illnesses, as they are unadulterated and nutritionally superior. Additionally, individuals in active communities have active lifestyles. Community terrace gardens are a place for yoga, walking, playing, meditation…all of which are great forms of exercise.

Happy Earth


Did you know that plants not only purify the air but also absorb and control noise pollution? Research even shows that large expanses of green have been successful in combating rising temperatures. Keeping Earth happy only means good things for its inhabitants.


For those who feel like finding apartments for sale in Chennai with a terrace garden is a far-fetched goal, Capella is here to make your dreams come true.