Small-Group Cultural Walking Tour of Mylapore Neighborhood in Chennai

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  • Location: Chennai, India
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5708PEACO
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.


  • Breakfast included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Rasi Silks, Mylapore
Departure Time:
2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Small-Group Cultural Walking Tour of Mylapore Neighborhood in Chennai

Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai

  • Walking tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Rickshaw ride
  • Breakfast
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. If you prefer to take the tour as scheduled with less than the minimum number of passengers, an additional fee of approx. USD $4 per person will be incurred at the time of the tour.
  • Please note that some of the places we visit may require you to remove your footwear; it is recommended that you wear easily manageable shoes
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jeanne R, September 2015

Very nice tour with a great guide. She was interesting, had just the perfect beat, nothing rushed...

I recommend it to anyone!

Reviewed by: Sam T, August 2015

Great tour guide, very friendly and knowledgeable highly recommended.

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Tour code: 5708PEACO