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Mylapore

Chennai, India

The Basics

Most tourists visiting Chennai find themselves in Mylapore at some point, whether it’s to visit the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, San Thome Basilica, or Ramakrishna Math. Many walking tours of the city include this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, and it's a great area for strolling when the weather permits. It's also a popular place to check out Carnatic music, as there are regular performances at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium and the Nageshwara Rao Garden.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Chennai

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Great walk
Anna_R, Feb 2020
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
Well spoken, with great English. We enjoyed every moment of our tour with you. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. Thank you.
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Highly recommend
bettyungerman, Feb 2020
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
Great experience! I highly recommend!! We learned so much about the temple and it’s inner workings. Plus, the idly still the end was delicious.
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The Mylapore tour was wonderful! We...
Steven M, Jan 2018
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
The Mylapore tour was wonderful! We learned so much about local and Hindu culture and traditions while exploring the temple and church. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and clear. We had been to many temples and cities before but never understood as much as we did while taking this tour. Well worth it!
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Fantastic Tour, Even Better Tour Guide
meganpukala2007, Feb 2020
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
What a lovely tour, and an even better tour guide! Aquila was a wonderful storyteller with a warm personality. She showed us shades of Chennai through visits to a famous temple, a famous cathedral, and a local priest's home. Aquila mixed stories of India's past with commentary on its modern society, both of which I found so fascinating. The tour included a bonus auto ride and ended with a delicious idly and sambar snack. Highly recommend!
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This was a great tour of...
Richard R, May 2016
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
This was a great tour of Kapaleeswarar temple and surrounding area including a priest's traditional house, a tuk-tuk ride to St Thomas' Basilica and back, and tiffin in a local restaurant.Our guide, Vijay, was excellent in every way and provided great stories about the origin of the city Mylapore, the gods and other deities, and spiritual practices both in and out of the temples. This is a great way to see Chennai in a safe environment and I highly rate Vijay and Storytrails india.
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Loved it!
efleishman, Feb 2020
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
Karunya was an excellent guide. She shared so many stories about the temple and took us into the family home of a priest. We felt like we got an in-depth view of daily life. We also enjoyed the snack at the end (at local cafe).
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Excellent guide, fascinating stories
ambazen, Jan 2020
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
Lakshmi was a delightful and knowledgable guide and really brought life to the Hindu myths and stories. She was also solicitous of our need for shade. The pick up option seemed very expensive. Viator sent our booking on through another website, so there was a delay in it being recognised.
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It was a wonderful first taste of...
Frances K, Jan 2018
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
It was a wonderful first taste of India for our group. We thought it was well done and we so appreciate our guides patience
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If you have limited time and you...
Peter M, Mar 2017
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
If you have limited time and you want to really understand India this is a perfect tour for you. Our guide was speaking very good English and she really had a feeling how present a story to be attractive. Beside temple we also visited priest home, took a riksha, visited St. Thomas church and take a snack with coffee in a restaurant. I really loved it.
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We had a wonderful guide and despite...
Greg C, Apr 2018
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
We had a wonderful guide and despite turning up to somewhere we had never been before it was out first morning in India, our guide found us pretty quickly amongst the crowds of people arriving to visit the Temple. We had a very personal service and great introduction to India. It was all capped off with a lovely breakfast and south-Indian coffee, which I can whole-heatedly recommend. We were also given a local cafe/restaurant recommendation for a place near our hotel, Chamier, which despite not selling alcohol, is a great place to eat. Mylapore and the Temple is an amazing place, as is Chennai, and really tests our senses, both from an historical perspective, but also from the sheer number of people and the chaos that creates on the roads etc. We had a wonderful tour and happy to recommend highly.
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We had a really great tour and...
Govindh M, Nov 2017
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
We had a really great tour and Lakshmi our guide was amazing. I am a native of chennai and spent 25 years in Chennai before moving to the USA and very familiar with Mylapore but decided to take the tour for our American friends instead of giving them my own home brewed version. That was the best decision that I made. The tour was very informative and structured very well. The tour of the Hindu temple priests house is a really unique experience and the tour also took us to St. Thomas church which I had never visited and did not realize that it commemorated one of the apostles. Very well narrated and organized. Will fully recommend it for tourists and natives.
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Aquilla not sure of spelling was one...
Charlotte O, Aug 2017
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
Aquilla not sure of spelling was one of the best tour guides I have had in any country. She had a wealth of knowledge about the history of India but also stories to keep it personal and fun. Enjoyed the temple, priest's house and Thomas the Apostle church. It was a lovely 2 hours and I left feeling I knew much more about India and the culture of the South and North. Will recommend to anyone traveling to Chennai. Did not realize that Mary had such an extensive wardrobe as she does in India.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This area is a must-visit for travelers with an interest in history and/or the fine arts.

  • Mylapore is best explored on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.

  • If you plan on entering churches or temples, dress modestly, with clothing that covers your shoulders and knees

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How to Get There

Mylapore is bordered by Gandhi Beach to the east and Mowbrays Road to the west. The neighborhood is well-connected to the rest of Chennai by road and public transportation. Commuter trains run through the area, and the Mundakakanniamman Koil, Thirumayilai, and Light House train stations all serve the area.

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When to Get There

Mylapore is a year-round destination, though exploring the area on foot may prove challenging during the extreme temperatures of April and May or the monsoon season of June through September. To avoid the heat, it's best to visit just after dark; this is also the time when the temples are at their liveliest.

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The Peacocks of Mylapore

Mylapore has long been associated with peacocks, India's national bird. The area has been frequented by the birds for centuries, and images of peacocks can be found in statues at Kapaleeshwarar Temple; the peacocks represent Shiva's consort, Parvati, who was cursed to be incarnated as a peacock as punishment for being distracted by one of the birds while listening to spiritual discourse.

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