Heritage Walk: Trace the Origin of Madras @ Pulicat – Aug. 26, 2023

07.00 AM onwards

Full Day Heritage Trip would be conducted by Ar. Xavier Benedict, AARDE Foundation.
Donation (Trip Charge): Rs.1500/- (includes, return AC-Bus from/to Chennai, Lunch, Water, Tea & Snacks).

Contact: Email: xbenedict@aarde.in
Phone: 9884013409
Payment link: https://pages.razorpay.com/pl_K1WuHdli1X9Tic/view

07.15 AM: AC-BUS Starting from Mahalingapuram Main Road, Brown Apartment Gate
09.15 AM: Reaching Pazhaverkadu village, Pulicat
09.15 AM: Refreshments – Tea & Biscuits (introduction of Palm Leaf Handicraft)
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.
02.30 PM: Climbing on Light House if permitted
03.55 PM: Leaving for Chennai after Tea & Biscuits
05.30 PM: Drop at Brown Stone Apartment Gate, Mahalingapuram

Brief Intro:

The heritage walk is organised to find the reasons why Madras was chosen by the British to trade in India. The traces could be found in Pulicat, where the British were fighting to settle down and trade. Before 1639, the British had their trading post in Armagon (Durgarajapattinam), at the 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. Following them, the Dutch arrived in 1602 AD, forming the East India Company. After seeing the rise in power and money of the Dutch and Portuguese, the British and French followed and settled on the Coromandel Coast. More of the details will be presented during the full-day Heritage Walk on 26-AUG-2023 at Pazhaverkadu (Pulicat).