Heritage Walks / Tours

Narure Walk in IIT Madras Campus – Aug. 31, 2019

Organised by the Heritage Centre of IIT Madras.
The walk will be led by Prof. Susy Varughese, a faculty member of IIT Madras.
The interested participants can visit the Heritage Centre after the walk. They will be briefed about the history of IIT Madras at the heritage centre by Prof. Ajit Kolar, an alumnus and retired faculty member of IIT Madras.
At 6.45 a.m.
To register for the walk, email to mamata@imail.iitm.ac.in
Contact number is 9445124136.

Walk: George Town – Sep. 1, 2019

Organised by Story Corner at Bookmine.
Led by Sudha Umashanker
Start point: Outside Dare House, Parry’s Corner
Starts at 7 a.m. and ends by 8.30 a.m.
Spots covered: Boundary Marker Outside Dare House, Past High Court of Madras, King George V Statue, Pachiappa’s Hall, YMCA Building, Armenian Church, St. Mary’s Co-Cathedral, Old Binny’s Building Site, Gokhale Hall.
Free event.
To register, contact 9840247624

Walk: Mercantile Mylapore – Aug. 24, 2019

The Mylapore port was as much a centre of trade as the Mamallapuram port under the Pallavas. In a much later age, retail trade in Mylapore thrived and continues to, in all the streets around the temple and extending further.

Madras Inherited which works in the field of heritage, is hosting a paid Heritage Walk on August 24, 2019; the guide will take guests along the length of Kutchery Road, discovering the trading establishments that existed and still exist or, in the case of quite a few, have taken a completely different form today. From places that sold Madras Curry powder that was used in the Buckingham Palace, the market that sold goods carried in a boat via the Buckingham Canal and the green lung of the area that was once a pond, among others.

The walk ends at Spirit of the Earth on Desika Road where a healthy breakfast will be served!

You must register for the walk through the link given below:
Time: 06:30am – 08:30am
Phone:70221 50445 E- Mail: mail@madrasinherited.in

For Kids: Explore Railway Museum – Aug. 25, 2019

This Walk exclusively for kids aged 5-12 by Marco photographer Railway Historian Poochi Venkat will expose them to steam engines, vintage coaches, and models manufactured by North British Locomotive Company.

Date: August 25th (Sunday)

Timings: 10:30-12:00 pm

Venue: Chennai Rail Museum, Villivakkam (Near Perambur)

Age Group: 5-12 years. Organised by Wandering Artist

For more details, call 9840111425.

Mount Road Walk in Thamizh – Aug. 25, 2019

TIMING: 6:30 am – 8:30 am
STARTING POINT: Entrance of Agurchand Mansion, Anna Salai ( near MGR statue junction)
END POINT: Opposite Bharat Insurance Building
CHARGES: Free Event

DESCRIPTION: Explore the enigmatic buildings of Mount Road, an erstwhile entertainment hub of the British.
Understand and learn about the stories of institutions such as the Agurchand Mansion and the grand Bharat Insurance Building. Enjoy and regale in interesting stories about commercial Establishments such as the Chellarams, Gove Building, LIC building and Higginbotham Pvt Limited

Walk down and explore the forgotten by lanes and interior streets of the famous artery of Madras to imbibe the history and architecture of these great buildings.
Curated by Madras Inherited

Contact: mail@madrasinherited.in

Walk: திராவிட இயக்க இதழியல் – வரலாற்று நடை – Aug. 24, 2019

பேசி வளர்ந்த இயக்கம் என்று திராவிட இயக்கத்தின் மீதொரு பார்வை உண்டு. அது பாராட்டோ, விமர்சனமோ… உண்மையில் பேசியும், பேச வைத்தும், எழுதியும் எழுத வைத்தும் வளர்ந்த இயக்கம் தான் திராவிட இயக்கம். தென்னிந்திய நல உரிமைச் சங்கம் நடத்திய Justice என்ற ஏட்டின் பெயரால் தான் அவ்வியக்கமே மக்களால் Justice Party என்று வழங்கப்பட்டது. அதன் தொடர்ச்சியாக, தந்தை பெரியார், அறிஞர் அண்ணா தொடங்கி திராவிட இயக்கத்திலிருந்து ஏராளமானோர் இதழ்கள் நடத்தினர். சென்னையின் வரலாற்றிலும், வளர்ச்சியிலும் திராவிட இயக்கங்களைப் போலவே, திராவிட இயக்க இதழ்களுக்கும் ஒரு பங்கு உண்டு. அவற்றில் சில இடங்களையும், சில தடங்களையும் காணும் வாய்ப்பை உருவாக்குகிறது இந்த நடை.

வழிநடத்துபவர்: இதழாளர் கோவி.லெனின்
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Madras Tour for City Schools

A few catalysts of Madras Day are prepared to take a group of school students of North Chennai and of South Chennai to the other side of the city, they may not have seen at all.
That is, North Chennai groups tour a few South Chennai spots, and vice versa.

We have two Guides as volunteers who will lead the tour any morning on convenient dates.
Tour starts outside Fort St George.

Tour of North Madras covers – High Court, Armenian Church, First Line Beach heritage buildings, Royapuram Rail Station

Tour of South Madras covers – Marina beachside landmarks, Light House, San Thome Church and Sri Kapali Temple.

Each tour is for 90mins. One tour per school, independently.

Schools need to bring a group in their bus; teachers to accompany the group. Tour is by bus and free.

Call Vincent at 9841049155 to book a tour. First come first serve. Tours open till 31st (not on weekends).

Walk: Understanding the Bohras in the city- Aug. 24, 2019

This small community is said to have arrived in Madras as early as 1820s. Most people settled in Georgetown and have been engaged in business and trading hardware.

The community has its own mosques, school, community spaces and holds on rigidly to its lifestyle, food, dressing and community gatherings. The Walk gives participants a sense of the people, its spaces and lets you enjoy snacks like handchurned ice creams and samosas.

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.30 p.m.

No prior registration is needed for this event.

Meeting Point : Mohammedi Masjid gate, Angappa Naicken Street. (landmark -Ebrahim sahib street junction).

– Parking can be a problem. Advise you to figure out your movement to get to start point.
– Be on time, else you may miss out on the tour.
– Bring children who can walk/be active for 2 hours.
– This is a busy business zone so you will have to put up with noise and traffic jams.
– Entry to some spaces we visit is restricted – You pay for the snacks you sample at stalls we stop at.
– Walk ends on Moore Street, Parrys corner.

For help, call 9841610456

Walk: Explore Fort St. George – Aug. 18, 2019

Starts at 7 a.m. Open to all. Led by Vincent D Souza.
Moats. Ramparts. Cellars. Bungalows. Dance Floor. Tombstones. Barracks.
Report at the parking lot opp. the flag mast/main gates of the Fort.
Free. Prior registration NOT required to be part of Walk,
– Carry any ID card to pass the security.
– Part of Fort is secured; if you aren’t on time you may be left out.
– Bring the cams but open them after we give you the OK.
– Its a 100 mins Walk. Kids who can make it, are welcome.
– Carry drinking water and light snacks.
– End point is outside the fascinating Fort Museum; you are free to explore that space after the Walk.

Walk: Iconic Mount Road – Aug. 15, 2019

Start point; Gate of The Hindu newspaper. At 7.30 a.m.
No prior registration required.

Landmarks the Walk will touch – St George’s. Simpsons. The Hindu and The Mail newspapers. P. Orr & Sons. India Silk House. Anna Statue Round Tana. Head Post Office, Christ Church, Musee Musicals and Buharis.

Vincent D Souza, journalist who lived here in the 60s and 70s takes you back in time. Less history and dates, more stories and anecdotes.

Walk: Mylapore & the Freedom movement – Aug. 15, 2019

Where did the idea of a Congress Party originate? Where did Subramania Bharathi’s works first get published? Where did women go on a hunger strike to force their families to allow them to court arrest? Where were Harikatha performances cleverly camouflaged to pass on freedom messages? The answer to all of this is Mylapore. And what better way to celebrate Independence Day than to walk around remembering the role the area played in our freedom movement?

Join historian Sriram V on a journey down memory lane on Thursday, August 15, at 4.00 pm. The tour will also have plenty of recorded music, giving us a flavour of the times.

Time: 4.00 to 6.00 pm (high tea after the walk- so ending time will be 6.30pm)
Start at: Intersection of RK Mutt Road and North Mada Street
End at: Luz Church Road/Alwarpet intersection
Charges: Rs 800 + 5% GST

To register and pay online – click on the link alongside


You can also make the payment via bank transfer for which the details are below. Pls remember to send an email with transaction details to walks@chennaipastforward.comafter you make your payment:

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

In case you still wish to make payment the old way, you can make
it at the following address by cheque/cash:

c/o HVK Systems,
2&3, Bhattad Tower,
30, Westcott Road,
Royapettah, Chennai 600014

Heritage walk: Living Statues of Marina Beach – Aug. 25, 2019

From 7.30 a.m onwards upto 8.30 a.m (approx)

Assemble at the Kannagi Statue on Marina Beach. Admission free.

There would be a brief dramatic enactment of the character portrayed by each statue – Kannagi, NSC Bose, Thiruvalluvar, George Pope, Bharathidasan, and Avvaiyar. In Tamil and in English.

Hosted by Chennai Storytelling Association. To register: 9884728412, suriyalakshmig@icloud.com

Tour: Trace Origin of Madras – Aug. 25, 2019

The 7th Annual TRACE ORIGIN OF MADRAS heritage-cum-ecology walk at Pazhaverkadu, Tiruvallur District, Tamilnadu. This full-day event gives you an understanding of history and the land where the history of modern India started.

From 07.00AM, from Loyola ICAM College gate, Mahalingapuram Main Road, Chennai.
Donor Pass: Rs. 1100/-
Inclusive of AC-Bus trip, Copy of Research paper, Lunch, Water, and Coffee with biscuits
Walk Conducted by Xavier Benedict, Architect & Academician

More details and registration at https://www.aarde.in/events/trace-origin-of-madras

Walk: Arcot Nawabs’s trail in Triplicane & Mylapore – Aug. 25, 2019

The Nawabs of Arcot moved to Madras in the 1760s and built their palace at Chepauk, thereby influencing the development around that area. Beginning from the Chepauk Palace, the walk takes you through the various monuments in and around Triplicane and Mylapore area associated with the Walajahi Nawabs.

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Tour by van is conducted by Kombai S Anwar
Assemble at: Wallajah Road entrance of Madras University, opposite to Statue of Labour, Marina Beach
Fee: Rs 800/- (includes Breakfast)

To register: Call 94440 77171 or mail kaniyanheritage@gmail.com