Heritage Walks/Tours/Virtual Trails

Heritage Tour: Nam Madras Museum Trail – Aug. 27, 2022

Nam Madras Museum Trail – covers DPI, College Road; Madras Museum, Egmore, Police Museum, Egmore and Museum of Possibilities, Marina. Mode of transport – Auto. Inclusive tour. Walk ends with lunch arranged by TTDC.

This trail will be inclusive since sign language interpreter is provided and so deaf participants will be able to learn about various heritage sites. Only limited seats are available.
Starts 9.30 am.

Pay and register at https://www.instamojo.com/@madrasphotobloggers/lbd8567d06ba641319f385ed0b4071143/?fbclid=IwAR3_9lQV_WYLaw74oMP1o-2qf_6Q3rIS82PI-ZooYR5VMnVBNTg9mwSoqGk

Heritage Walk: Three Portuguese Churches – Aug. 28, 2022

Led by Vincent D Souza.
Aug.28 Sunday, Starts 6:45 am – assemble at the rear of St Thomas Cathedral. Free and open to all. 90mins long.
Stop 1 – Cathedral
Stop 2 – Church of Our Lady of the Rosary ( restricted access)
Stop 3 – Church of Our Lady of Light, Luz.
We move from one stop to another by cycle/bike/car, using your own vehicle. Not on foot!
Being a Sunday, access will be restricted, not the story-telling.

Heritage Walk: Tamil Jains of Madras – Aug. 28, 2022

சென்னையின் தமிழ் சமணம் – பாரம்பரிய உலா

Conducted by Kaniyan Heritage Journeys in association with TTDC

An experiential Heritage Tour that takes you to some of the ancient Tamil Jain Jinalayas around Madras.
Tour led by Kombai S Anwar and P Vasuki
From 7 AM to 12 PM

Starting point: Semmozhi Ponga (opp US Consulate)
Fee: Rs 900 per person (includes Tamil Jain breakfast & transport in AC coach)
Gpay & contact: Ms Vani C Chenguttuvwan 98942 12304

Heritage Walk: Madrasin Pengal – Aug. 20, 2022

Women and their contributions have largely played a negligible role in historical narratives, their absence speaking louder than their presence. Their lives rarely see the volume of celebrations that men do or the widespread commemoration that one observes of male personalities. The city of Chennai a.k.a Madras has seen some remarkable women who were active and influential across fields of politics, education, health, science, arts, sports, and administration. These women were pioneers in their field; their unrelenting activism, fiery speeches, and decisions played a vital role in shaping society as we know it today.

The Equals Project and Madras Inherited set out on a quest to understand the lives of women in Madras, and that journey has brought us to this heritage walk, which aims to recognise the contributions and accomplishments of these women while also initiating dialogue and discussions on concepts like bias and perception, class and caste privileges, and recognition and remembrance.

Organised by: Madras Inherited and The Equals Project

Time: 06:30 am – 08:30 am

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScasv0bKDNrWGDlAqCkw9Ddwyo7RxxU0BQXozORyR6y83BI3w/viewform

Heritage Walk: Exploring the Streets of George Town – Aug. 19, 2022

To the North of Fort was the Black Town which later became George Town, in honour of George the Vth’s accession as the Emperor of India. One of the first settlements of Madras, the streets of George Town have centuries-old history attached to them. Join us on this captivating exercise as we explore and discover the pre-independence phase when stunning masterpieces were built to form the ‘European City.’ Understand the history and architecture behind some early British business enterprises in the area and regale in the stories that led to the establishment of large-scale, stately buildings in the area.

Organised by: Madras Inherited and The Times of India

Time: 06:30 am – 08:30 am

Registration link: Write to us at mail@madrasinherited.in or send a message to +91 89257 04437

Heritage Walk: George Town – Aug. 21, 2022

Organiser Storycorner at Bookmine

Led by Sudha Umashanker

Start Time 7 AM
End time 845 AM
Starting point Outside Dare House , Parry’s Corner

Spots covered Boundary marker outside Dare House,past High Court , King George V statue , Pachaiyappa’s Hall , YMCA Building ,
Armenian Church ,St Mary’s Co Cathedral , the Binny site ,Gokhale hall among others

Free walk
To register Whatsapp 9840247624 with your name and participant details

Trace Origin of Madras at Pulicat – Aug. 27, 2022

Heritage Walk

27-AUG-2022 from 07.00 am onwards
07.15 AM: AC-BUS Starting from Mahalingapuram Main Road, Brown Apartment Gate
09.15 AM: Reaching Pazhaverkadu village, Pulicat
09.45 AM: PPT Talk on Pulicat Nature-Culture by Xavier Benedict
10.45 AM: Walk to Dutch 1656AD Cemetery
11.45 AM: Walk to Temples – Adi Narayanan Perumal & Sameeswarar
12.45 PM: “25th Milestone” & Dutch Building walk
01.00 PM: Lunch @ Light House and visit Pulicat Lagoon.
03.55 PM: Leaving for Chennai after Tea & Biscuits

Full Day Heritage Trip – conducted by Xavier Benedict, AARDE Foundation.
Donation (Trip Charge): Rs.1400/- (includes, return AC-Bus from/to Chennai, Lunch, Water, Tea & Snacks).

To register and pay – https://pages.razorpay.com/pl_K1WuHdli1X9Tic/view

Brief Intro:
The walk is to find out how Madras was created by the British. The traces could be found in Pulicat, where the British were fighting to settle down to trade. Before 1639, the British had their trading post in Armagon (Durgarajapattinam) northern end of Pulicat Lagoon. Pulicat Lagoon was the most favourable location to anchor large wooden ships and travel into the hinterlands where cotton was woven into fine clothes. In 1502, the Portuguese landed at Pazhaverakadu and established their trade links with the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Followed by them, the Dutch arrived in 1602AD forming the East India Company. After seeing the rise in power and money of the Dutch and Portuguese, the British and French followed to settle on the Coromandel Coast.

Natural Heritage Tour: Ennore Wetlands – Aug. 20, 2022 For Mothers Only

Join a tour of the Ennore Wetlands in North Chennai with the Save Ennore Creek Campaign to understand ecology, environmental discrimination and the role of wetlands in protecting our city.
This event is led by the Vettiver Collective.

Report: 5:15 am, 20 Aug.
Venue: Thalapakatti Restaurant, Besant Nagar Beach.
Van will get back to Besant Nagar by noon. People may get off en route.

10 spots only: preference will be given to Mothers who are interested in learning about how pollution is already affecting their children.

How to Sign-Up.

WhatsApp 87544 15824
Booking closes Aug. 18, 9 am.

Walk: திருவொற்றியூரும் திருப்பாட்டும் – Aug. 15, 2022

The Thiruvotriyur temple of the Thiyagarajaswamy temple is one of the paadal-petra stalams in Madras, and the temple is a vast historical and archaeological trove. Numerous Saivite saints have been associated with this temple but have a close link to Sundaramurthi Nayanar’s life history.
As a part of Madras day walks, Shri. Thiruchitrambalam, Professor Tiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam will lead us to show the ancient musical heritage of Odhuvars and the thirupathigams associated with this ancient temple. The focus is on Sundaramurthi Nayanar’s seventh thirumurai called the “Thirupattu”
The Thevaram verses, with their historic and socio-cultural references, are valuable not just as history but as components of an important intangible cultural heritage.

And Thiruchitrambalam represents the continuity of such a heritage, join the walk on Aug 15th (8 am – 10 am) from the temple gopuram.
Reg fee 500/- No refunds on cancellation, please note.

Ref: https://www.facebook.com/events/565813095245748/

Heritage Tour: Sunken Colonies of North Madras – Aug. 14, 2022

North Madras residents and artists, Manavalan and Jothi, along with Vincent D’ Souza lead this Tour by van and walk, to colonies north of Kasimedu which are now under water: sharing stories of their lives and loves of times when the colonies existed pre-1970s.
Get closer to social histories of coastal Chennai.
On Aug.14 morning. ( Sunday)

How to Sign-Up:
Book your seat in our van. Pay Rs.250 per person ( bank details below) and WhatsApp a message of your name/s and contact ph nos. to 9841049155. (no refund, cancellations). Booking closes Aug. 12, 9 am. Open to first 25 people.

The only pickup point is outside The Mylapore Club, Luz Church Road, Luz. At 6.30am. ( Public parking space available here). Tour starts at Royapuram at 7 am. For about 90mins.
Van will get back to Luz, can drop off people on the way.

Bank info – A/c Name – Madras Day. Bank Indian Bank, Abhiramapuram.
Acct No; 707815354. IFSC Code: IDIB 000A092.

Heritage Walk: Mount Road After Dusk, in the olde days – Aug. 13, 2022

Led by Vincent D’ Souza.

Sharing stories on shopping, printing, entertainment and all after-the-dark acts – as we stop at old-time landmarks, some there, some not there. Off Madras’ most famed road, now called Anna Salai.

Start point; Outside the gate of The Hindu newspaper office.

End point: Buharis restaurant

Date and time: Aug.13 (Saturday), 7.30 p.m. onwards. For about 60mins.

No pre-registration needed. Free. In English-Tamil.

Walk: Understanding the spirit of Muharram in Royapettah / Triplicane – Aug. 7, 2022

Conducted by Kombai S Anwar.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the second holiest month after Ramadan. It is well known for its historical significance and mourning for the Shahadat (martyrdom) of Ḥusayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Muslims begin mourning from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, climaxing on the 10th of Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura. The heritage walk takes you to the Ashur Khanas and the streets of Royapettah, giving you an insight into the centuries-old tradition in Madras.

Sunday 7th August 5.30 – 8.00 PM
Assemble at Thousand Lights Mosque

Fee Rs 200* (*non-refundable) / person (donation to Roja Muthiah Research Library).

To register & Pay: rmrl.in/donate
Contact: 98944 53334

Heritage Walk: Madras High Court Walk – Aug. 7, 2022

Senior Advocate Shri N.L.Rajah will conduct a heritage walk in the Madras High Court campus on Sunday 7th August 2022 between 6.30 am to 9.30 am.
Kindly assemble before the Museum situated inside the High Court Campus at 6.30 a.m. (sharp). Entrance to the High Court campus will be from its Esplanade gate on Prakasam Street. Please bring your photo ID card without fail.
You are requested to carry water bottle along with you.

WhatsApp to 9841211949 your name and contact phone no to register. This is a MUST.

NOTE: Photography and Video are strictly prohibited inside the campus except inside the museum premises

Heritage Walk: Anglo Indians’ memories of Vepery – Purusai – Aug. 7, 2022

Led by Eva Fonceca and Vincent D’ Souza. The focus of this Walk will be on the Anglo Indian life and local landmarks that were an integral part of their life and of the community here in the post-colonial years.
Campuses, markets, restaurants, a lodge, a commercial institute, and stores.

On Aug.7, Sunday. 7 am onwards. About 80 mins.
Meeting point ( rear side of Vepery Clock Tower).
Free. No pre-registration needed. Open to all.