Heritage Walks / Tours

Walk: The Buckingham Canal – Aug. 19, 2018

Historian-philatelist D. Hemchandra Rao repeats this tour of the Canal. The tour takes people to a few points on the Canal that was a key transport channel for the city as Rao presents snappy milestones of this Canal.
The tour has stops at the Central Station zone and Madras University, besides a walkaround the Basin Bridge area, to give you a closer look at key functions of this Canal in years gone by.
Starts at 7.30 a.m. Duration: 2 hours. Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation).
Start Point: At the gate of Mylapore Club, Luz. 7.30 a.m.
To register, send a mail to – themadrasday@gmail.com with ‘B. CANAL’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first-serve.

Walk: Marshalls Road – Aug. 18, 2018

Organiser Storycorner at Bookmine
Led by Sudha Umashanker

From 7 a.m. to 8.45 a.m.

Starting point – just outside Rajah Muthiah Hall – In gate .

Spots covered : The Willingdon Ladies club – the first exclusive club for women in Madras, Ethiraj College (from the outside only), old location of All India Radio, the iconic Madras Eye Infirmary now Govt Eye HHospital, the oldest Eye hospital in India and the must-see Elliott’s museum, Rukmini Lakshmipathi statue, Mayor Sundara Rao Naidu park, Rajarathinam Stadium, Presentation Convent, St Antony’s Church and the old Ganesha temple and the Sadayathamman Temple ( from the outside only)

This is a free walk. To register contact 9840247624

Tour: Tiruvottriyur – Temple, music and more – Aug.18, 2018

Conducted by Prof. Madhusudanan Kalaichelvam
Music by vidushis Archana and Aarathi

The tour will focus on the legend, history, inscriptions, art & architecture of the temple, the Tyagesa tradition, festivals and customs. Musical renditions on the temple will be part of the tour.

Starts at 3 p.m.

Contact Bharath Aadithya for registrations.
Phone: +91 7845115486
Email: ratham854@gmail.com

Walk : Amaravati Gallery, Egmore Museum – Aug 5, 2018

Organized by Tamil Heritage Trust (www.tamilheritage.in)

The Amaravati gallery is one of the great treasures of the Madras Museum in Egmore. Sculptures, pillars, and fragments of a Buddhist stupa dating back to the 2nd century BC, from an abandoned city of the Satavahana era, were brought to this museum in the middle of the 19th century. The art of Amaravati is the earliest lithic work of any significance in the southern part of the Indian peninsula, and the panels in Egmore Museum are among the finest examples of Buddhist art.

The walk will be curated by Gopu R and Kishore Mahadevan, and will cover selected panels from the Amaravati Gallery.

Time : 11 a.m – 12 p.m

The walk is free. Participants need to purchase entry tickets and assemble at parking area (near ticket counter) at 10:45 a.m.

For details, e-mail : tamilheritagetrust.in@gmail. com

Walk: The Buckingham Canal – Aug. 12, 2018

Researcher-historian D. Hemchandra Rao who has been studying the Canal for over five years will lead the group around Basin Bridge in North Chennai, where this landmark Canal project was started and was later, a very busy hub of water transport.
The tour has stops at the Central Station zone and Madras University, besides walking in the Basin Bridge area, to give you a closer look at key functions of this Canal in years gone by.
Date; Aug.12, Sunday. 7 am onwards. Duration: 2 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation).
Start Point: Outside gate of Mylapore Club, Luz. 7 a.m.
To register, send a mail to – themadrasday@gmail.com with ‘B. CANAL’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first-serve.
Note: Places we explore are dirty and very busy zones. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks. Van tour ends near Madras University campus / Marina zone.

Tour: Explore Madras’ Old Bridges – Aug. 5, 2018

Researcher-historian D. Hemchandra Rao who has been studying the bridges of this city for many years will lead the group to six old bridges, talk about their design and function and their role in city transport.
The tour covers Egmore, Chintadripet, Anna Salai and Chepauk.

7 am onwards. Duration: 2 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation). Limited seats!

Start Point: At the gates of Hotel Connemara, Binny Road. 7 a.m.

To register, send a mail to – themadrasday@gmail.com with ‘BRIDGES’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first serve.

Note: Places we explore are dirty. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks. Van tour ends in Chepauk.

Walk: Boat Club – Aug. 5, 2018

Walk led by V. Sriram
The walk starts at 6.00 am at the Boat Club gate and ends there, followed by breakfast at 8.00 am.

Charges per person – Rs 800

To register – click on this link below :
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Alternatively, if you want to pay through bank, please see details below:

Account Name : Past Forward
Account Type : Current
Bank Name : The Federal Bank Ltd
A/c No : 12820200104237
Branch : Royapettah
IFSC CODE : FDRL0001282

Pls remember to send an email with transaction details to walks@chennaipastforward.com after you make your payment.

If you still prefer paying the heritage way, do drop in at our office between 9.30 am – 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday and pay by cheque (payable to Past Forward) or cash.

Address is given below:
c/o HVK Systems,
2&3, Bhattad Tower
30, Westcott Road,
Royapettah, Chennai 600014

Heritage Visit to St. Thomas English Church – Aug. 15, 2018

From 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Led by Fabiola Jacob.

St. Thomas English Church (STEC) is the oldest Protestant church in Santhome. Built and consecrated in 1842 at a time when the area had a fairly large number of European residents, this was the church of the Protestant elite who lived in the garden-houses of Adyar, and the Governor of Madras often worshipped here. Today, STEC is an active Anglican Church under the ‘Church of South India’, with a vibrant congregation.

The Church’s single manual pipe organ is currently the second oldest in Chennai city and is still in excellent working condition. It was built by Thomas Robson of UK and installed at St. Thomas English Church in 1868, though some sources date it much earlier.

Register by email to stthomasenglishchurch@gmail.com or phone +91 44 4203 5179 (Mr. Moses, Church Office)

Walk: Madras High Court Campus – Aug. 19, 2018

Walk conducted by N.L. Rajah, Senior Advocate
From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Assemble before the Madras High Court Museum
The tour will cover the grounds and buildings inside the High Court campus

All participants must bring their Identity Cards for security check.
Entrance to High Court from Prakasam Salai only. (Opp. Rajah Annamalai Manram & adjacent to Police Station.
Carry drinking water bottle with you.
Registration mandatory. Mail your name as it appears in your Identity Cards to nlrajah.advocate@gmail.com before Aug. 16, 2018.

Chennai Port Walk and Sail – Aug. 5, 2018

Organised by Royal Madras Yacht Club
From 6.30 a.m. to noon

Explore the harbour with HistorianKRA Narasiah, retired Ch Mech Engineer of Visakhapatnam Port and later consultant to Madras port started his life as a sailor in the Indian Navy. He was also a consultant to the World Bank as a port expert.

RMYC’s history is intertwined with the wars that were fought on Madras’s shores: the Club house was bombed by the German warship Emden, and the shrapnel from an exploded bomb damaged one of its walls.

The rate for the walk will be Rs. 1000 per head which includes breakfast, port entry passes. Sail is optional at Rs. 500 extra.

To register please send us your name and age by mail rmycheritagewalkandsail@gmail.com or v_sara@yahoo.com or call Saravanan 99626-12255 , Ramesh 92821-07449. Prior registration is a must for this walk.

Heritage & Eco-Walk at Pulicat – Aug. 25, 2018

Trace Origin of Madras – 6th Annual Heritage tour

This tour aims to present a full understanding of heritage, ecology, and culture of Chennai. It is the birthplace of European History in India.
07.00 am – Pick up at Loyola ICAM Gate
09.00 am – Pulicat Museum @ Pazhaverkadu
09.30 am – Talk on Pulicat Ecology & Built Heritage
11.00 am – Heritage Walk
01.30 pm – Lunch
02.30 pm – Light House
03.30 pm – Departure to Chennai

Conducted by: Xavier Benedict, Architect & Academician
Rs.980/- (Includes AC-Bus Trip, Lunch & Water, Snack&Coffee, Research Paper Copy)
To Register: info@aarde.in / +91-9884453409