5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location: Chennai, India
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Gain an in-depth insight into local culture and traditions on this small-group walking tour of Chennai’s ancient Mylapore neighborhood, said to predate the city by more than 2,000 years. Hear fascinating stories as you follow your guide to a Hindu temple, Christian church and the home of a local priest. You'll also enjoy a fun rickshaw ride through the city streets and top off your morning with a traditional South Indian breakfast.


  • Get a rich, in-depth experience on this walking tour of Chennai’s ancient Mylapore neighborhood
  • Learn about local culture and lifestyles from your knowledgeable guide
  • Visit Kapaleeshwar Temple and San Thome Cathedral and witness time-honored religious traditions
  • Travel like a local on a fun rickshaw ride and enjoy a traditional South Indian breakfast
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Cultural Walking Tour of Mylapore Neighborhood in Chennai

Artist at the Kapaleeshwarar Temple

After meeting your guide at a central location in Mylapore, head on your 2.5-hour walking tour through this cultural hub and neighborhood.

Stroll through hidden lanes and hear stories from your knowledgeable guide about this ancient area, which predates the city by more than 2,000 years. Widely considered the point from where the rest of the city grew, it has kept alive many traditions and arts that Chennai is well-known for.

Enter Kapaleeshwar Temple to watch Brahmin priests, the interpreters of Hindu texts, as they go about their duties in the 400-year-old temple. Hear historical accounts of Hindu gods and learn why the locals walk clockwise around the temple.

Continue through Mylapore's streets and gain a deeper understanding of local lifestyle. Visit the home of a temple priest and hear about why people decorate their doorsteps with colorful kolams (paintings), as well as why women wear bindis on their foreheads.

Next, enjoy a fun rickshaw ride through the streets! Head to beautiful San Thome Cathedral, where you’ll learn how Christianity was brought to India by apostle Doubting Thomas, whose tomb you can see here.

Cap off your morning with a dosa (rice and lentil pancake) breakfast at Hotel Saravana Bhavan, and end your tour back at the starting location.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour guide, very friendly and knowledgeable highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I highly recommend this neighborhood walking tour with Divya, a terrific host, kind and enthusiastic that introduces you to India from the back door. I'm not tours fan, I always prefer do it by myself but Chennai is a bit chaotic and I hadn't too much time. This tour is not about history or architecture, this is about people, rituals, believes and traditions that doesn't appear in your guide, the true heart of India. I enjoyed a wonderful time that it finished with a delicious traditional South Indian breakfast in the Hotel Saravana Bhavan, a famous Chennai's vegetarian chain, now extended over the world, where I wanted to go anyway, just perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very interesting tour with Akila, the best guide that told us so many things about India and its people. I could have listen to her stories for hours!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Such an enriching experience, very well-put together! The stories provided much needed context to the sights and sounds of enchanting Mylapore. Many thanks to our story teller, she made it an thoroughly amazing walk.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Guide excellent, tour very informative, great value for money



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Very interesting and informative. The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. Great tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

This is our 2nd tour with you & Both have been excellent. Very knowledgeable guide with good English. Thank you

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Very knowledgeable guides. I enjoyed the storytelling style of the walk. BTW there is notice walking involved. 95 percent of the time is spent on religious sights. I would have preferred a little less of this and more of the day to day people and stories of the area. Despite this still highly recomm

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