Athangudi is one of the villages that comprise the Chettiyars ancestral home. It is ultimately connected to Karaikudi. It is famous in its own right for the beautiful Athangudi tiles that are made there. These handmade terracotta tiles are as unique as they are beautiful. It is the local sand that is used in their making that is said to be the biggest factor in their unique qualities. It provides each tile with a texture that is unique to them alone. They are cast form the local clay and are painted into beautiful patterns using vivid, breathtaking colors. It is possible to visit the tile factory in Athangudi when you are there so as to witness first hand how they are made.