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Chennai: Mylapore Heritage Walking Tour

1. Chennai: Mylapore Heritage Walking Tour

We will meet you at entrance of Ramaksirhna Mutt. During this walk we will trace Mylapore’s history back to Roman times when it used to trade pepper and fine cloth with Rome for Gold! It was occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later fell into the hands of the British till India’s independence in 1947. We start the walk at a unique monastic organization called Ramakrishna Math, dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna the 19th century saint. Guests will get to see the universal temple, the shrine, a beautiful Mantapam, a multimedia museum and an enchanting library. Our next destination is the magnificent Kapaleeshwar temple. Built in the 7th century this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in Dravidian style architecture it has a towering “Gopuram”. Guests can expect a mesmerizing experience of rituals and serenity inside the temple. We walk to the famous San Thome Basilica, the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore. Built in neo gothic style it was built by the Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. The last leg of this Chennai walk takes us to the Light House of Chennai. The view from the top is magnificent and makes for a perfect ending to this walking tour of Chennai.

Chennai: Sowcarpet Food Walk

2. Chennai: Sowcarpet Food Walk

Expect the unexpected on this vibrant food trail through Chennai! Taste authentic street food, from chaats and lassis from around the country to local favorites like Podi Idli and Ghee Dosa. 1) Chaat at Kakada Ramprasad Sweets & Snacks in Chennai Experience a variety of North Indian sweets, chaats, and beverages all the way here, down south on a street in Sowcarpet. Enjoy Kesar Badam Milk and Jalebis, Aloo Parathas and...Papaya Chutney? Yum. 2) Try Lassi at Anmol Lassiwala Watch lassi made live on the street by skilled man himself, Dinesh, known by locals for his bubbly personality. In a place where summer never ends, a drink served chilled everyday couldn't taste any better! 3) Have a new dish, Jantar Mantar, in Chennai Tasting just as unique as it sounds, this chaat made of curd vada (lentils donut covered with yogurt) and kachori (sweet and spicy deep-friend snack) can be found nowhere else except here in Chennai. 4) Dahi Poori and more Chat at Chot Motu Chaats & Juices Located conveniently on Mint Street, this shop is well known for its vegetarian cakes, Dahi poori, and an assortment of sweets and is not to be missed! 5) Ghee Idli & Dosa at Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre Experience some of the best dishes that Chennai has to offer: Ghee Podi Idli and Ghee Dosa. This center, once a push car that went through the years with friendly customer suggestions, is now a neighborhood favorite for all. 6) Jodhpuri Chaat at Maya Chats in Chennai Try a hot onion kachori or a Jodhpuri-style chaat from this all-vegetarian eatery. Freshly made and pocket friendly, this spot will definitely win for best teatime snacks any day! 7) Vada Pav at Shree Vada Pav in Chennai Heard of Vada Pav before? It's a deep-fried potato dumpling covered with various masalas and chutney, cushioned between two soft buns. Once you try it, you're sure to come back for seconds of their delicious and spicy delights.

Chennai: George Town Origins Guided Walking Tour

3. Chennai: George Town Origins Guided Walking Tour

Meet the guide at the entrance of Fort St George, the first English Fortress built in 1644 by the East India Company. During this visit we will understand how the British came to dominate India , their rule and finally how India won its independence. We will visit the museum (except on Fridays when it is closed) and St Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church of India. We will walk to the Madras High Court. Set up in 1862 by a decree from Queen Victoria, the High court serves the state of Tamil Nadu today and is a great specimen of Gothic architecture. Dare house is our next destination. This is an iconic art deco building steeped in history. It was the head quarters of Parrys company which was named after Thomas Parry who was welsh and one of the first free merchants of Chennai. The building is named after his John Dare, his business partner We walk to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road also called China Bazaar road, which has a market famous for utensils, cosmetics and clothes. As we walk past this ancient bazaar, we will talk about the evolution of a small trading post into a megapolis in just over 2 centuries. We walk past the street where Armenian refugees set up trade for silk, spices & gems 300 years ago. Visit the unique Armenian Church for an immersive experience. Experience a riot of colours and jazz in the busy bazaar and taste a local snack.

Chennai: Marina Beach Heritage Walk

4. Chennai: Marina Beach Heritage Walk

Start the tour at 4 PM at Marina Light House where your tour will commence. Meet your guide and follow them as you set off along the beach. First, climb up the lighthouse for a great view of the beach and the city, before heading back down to explore the Maritime Museum. Continue your walk and soak up the festive atmosphere as you listen to your guide tell the story of Chennai through its statues. The statues tell a great story about the evolution of the city from a small fishing village to a thriving metropolis. Next, head to the famous Vivekananda House and learn about Swamy Vivekananda and his landmark speech about Indian Philosophy. Hear more about how he was the first religious leader in India to understand the need to provide food and other bare necessities of life to the hungry millions.  Make your last stop at the ancient Parthsarathy Temple. Take a guided walk inside the temple and its surroundings as you get to know the rituals. Admire incarnations of Vishnu and shrines which were built during the rule of Cholas and Vijayanagara Kings. Be spellbound by the intricately carved pillars of the temple. Finally, end the tour at 7 PM outside the temple.

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