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A History of Mylapore: From Town to Shore

Various empires, conquerors, merchants, traders, and diverse communities found the town of Mylapore a vibrant and opportunistic place. The ancient town is mentioned in various travellers’ accounts and literary works. Mylapore is rich in stories, legends, local culture, and architecture. 


Over the decades, the area has undergone drastic changes, which have impacted its planning and architectural language. But, the old town still peeks out here and there, offering us splendid insights into the influences and impacts that the influx of people and culture has had on the town.


We journey from the temple to the shore in this walk and uncover the layers of history that the old and new town of Mylapore contains. Join us on this exploration and regale in the stories that Mylapore has to offer.


What Participants Say

History being connected with what's apparent in front of us. Ashmitha did a great job highlighting it in both walks.

I loved how passionately & clearly the facts were delivered and stories told. The maps are also a great touch really helps to visually understand how things have changed and developed

Beautiful walk layered with valuable nuggets of information, Kalathi's Rose milk being the icing on the cake!!!

Walk Details

Focus: History, Trade, Culture
Research Duration: 3.5 months 
(and, ongoing!)

Walk Duration: 2 hours
Timings: 06:30 am – 08:30 am
Starting Point: Kapaleeswarar Koil
Ending Point: Santhome Cathedral Basilica

  • The evolution and growth of Mylapore as a town

  • Visit to the Kapaleeswarar Koil and Rosary Church

  • Understanding the several diverse communities that resided in the town of Mylapore

  • Understanding the impacts of colonial invasions and conquests

 If you're interested in a A History of Mylapore: From Town to Shore private heritage walk, click here

* Private walks are subject to the availability of the walk leader. Please confirm the walk date and time at least 7-15 days before the start date of the walk. We require adequate time to process permissions and logistics and confirm the selected walk route.

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