Heritage Walks/Tours/Trails

Heritage Walk: Perambur – Aug. 27, 2023

Perambur – home to the 5th largest railway station in Chennai, the ICF, and a large Anglo Indian community. A multiethnic, multicultural corner of Madras.
Uma Vangal leads this Perambur Zone Walk on Sunday morning.
Meeting point – main gate of Perambur rail station – this Sunday at 7 am.
The group will walk down the streets with Uma to know more about this beautiful part of the city.
The walk will start at the Perambur railway station and wind its way along the Perambur High Road, flyover and Siruvallur Road to the Rail Carriage Works station and the railway camp, to Foxen Street and Paper Mills Road past the stadium, and get to the famed Our Lady of Lourdes Church and end at Ajanta bakery
Uma Vangal / Contact / 9841261257.
Fee for Walk; Rs.250. Can be paid by cash at start of Walk.

Heritage Walk: Fort St. George – Aug. 26, 2023

Fort St George is one of the historic precincts of our city. The seat of governance for over three centuries and more, it holds within it several interesting monuments, buildings, memorials and what have you.

Come, join historian Sriram V on a tour of the various parts of our city’s own fort on Saturday, August 26th, between 7-9 AM.

Charges : Rs 900/ Head. All participants get a copy of Sriram’s book on the Fort.

Please inform us of the Names and Contact information of EACH PARTICIPANT. It is MANDATORY PROTOCOL at the venue.

Payment Options:
1) To register, please use the UPI Link below:



2) You can pay by bank transfer to the following account and then send
an email with transaction details to walks@chennaipastforward.com:

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


3) 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 & Marketing Pvt Ltd,
2&3, Bhattad Tower,
30, Westcott Road,
Royapettah, Chennai 600014
Thanks & Regards,
Past Forward Team.
Past Forward
Ph.no : 75300 00414
Email : walks@chennaipastforward.com
Website : https://pastforward.in/

Heritage Walk: Time Travel Through Mount Road – Aug. 27, 2023

Mount Road is a Chennai icon!

Madras and Mount Road are intertwined deeply in the hearts of all the city’s residents and we want to celebrate its architecture, history, and people!

Come and explore the unique buildings on Mount Road, and discover the stories of institutions that have been here long before the road became its bustling present. Enjoy and regale in the history and architecture of these commercial establishments and glorious buildings of the famous artery of Madras.

Organised by: Madras Inherited and The Hindu

Date: 27.08.2023, Sunday

Time: 07:00 am – 09:00 am

Assembling Point: Agurchand Mansion, Anna Salai

Charges: Free

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


Heritage Walk: The Madha Streets of Royapuram – Aug. 20, 2023

The land of St. Peter’s, of the Jal Phiroj Clubwala Dar-e-Meher, of the oldest railway station in South India, of institutions and establishments decade and centuries-old, and of the diverse communities and cultures that make the area vivid and lively – the northern suburb of Royapuram is a land of treasures.

Join the walk and behold the town unfold, the remnants of the past co-existing with the modern developments, as well as the religious harmony that this locality proudly exhibits and espouses.

Walk around the Madha Streets of Royapuram and discover this spectacular town!

Organised by: Madras Inherited and The Times of India

Date: 20.08.2023, Sunday

Time: 06:30 am – 08:30 am

Assembling Point: St. Peter’s Church, Royapuram

Charges: Free

Registration link: https://www.chanceyilla.in/city-trails.php

Heritage Trail: Neithal Trail along the ECR – Aug. 19, 2023

One-day trip along the ECR in Chennai organised by Heritage Inspired, a research-based tour organization.
The trail helps us understand our coastal ecosystem and the intricate connections between the marshland, the river, the estuary, the sand dunes, the pristine beaches and the marine life and birds as we explore the 115 km stretch from Adyar upto Alamparai Fort.
It is open for all age groups, both fun-filled and experiential learning.

Tour covers:
• Experts – Marine biotechnologist & environmentalists.
• Executive A/C Bus
• Breakfast with tree walk
• Traditional lunch and relaxation at an Eco Villa
• Early Dinner

Tour fee – Rs 3500 per adult. Rs 2500 for children 8 to 12 years, Rs 1500 for children from 7 years and below (bus seat cost only)

Organised by Heritage Inspired.

To Register: https://heritageinspired.in/neithal-trail
Call– 6381143530


Heritage Tour: Re-looking At Buckingham Canal – Aug. 13, 2023

Led by Vincent D’ Souza.
7 am onwards. For 1 and 1/2 hrs.

Free and open to all. Pre-registration not needed.

We visit five points on/off this Canal, located in Chepauk – Triplicane – Mylapore. The tour touches on its history – over its 200 years, its past and present lives and what it means to the city of Chennai.

Participants are advised to come by two-wheelers ( bikes / cycles) – the tour covers an extensive area and cannot be done on foot. The group will have to move from point to point in their own vehicles. Avoid cars; stops are in congested zones.
Start / meet point – Main gate/arch of Madras University (opposite MGR Memorial / samadhi) on the Marina Beach road.

End point – Mundagakanni Amman Koil MRTS station zone, Mylapore.
Contact – 9841049155.

This event is dedicated to the memory of late D. Hemchandra Rao, the Canal historian.

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).

Musical Heritage Walk: Isaiyum Varalarum – Aug. 19, 2023

An experiential musical heritage walk by Nam veedu Nam oor Nam kadhai
The Madras commune, in association with TTDC.

Discover the lesser-known music traditions in the city while listening to some music with Sound Mani, Jyothi and surprise performers too .

Know about why the city earned its place in the Creative Cities Network.

August 19th | 6:30 am

Mail annanagarshg@gmail.com for the registration link

Heritage Walk: Madras High Court – Aug. 27, 2023

Led by N.L. Rajah and A.K. Sriram, senior advocates.

Register with Mr. Narasimhan (98412 11949. Email: narasimhan_krishnaswami@yahoo.com

Registration closes on Aug. 24, 2023 at 5 p.m.

General Instructions:
1. The walk will begin at 7 a.m. Participants have to assemble before the Madras High Court Museum by 6.45 a.m.
2. The entrance to the campus is from Prakasam Salai.
3. Participants must carry a photo-ID card and drinking water.

Heritage Walk: Periamet walk – Aug. 20, 2023

Led by Sudha Umashanker
Organiser Storycorner at Bookmine

Start Time 7 AM
End time 845 AM
Starting point At the entrance to Narayana Street off Poonamallee High Road ( opp Everest Cafe)

Spots covered The venerated Prasanna Venkateswara Perumal temple, past Corporation of Chennai, Periamet Mosque, the numerous leather outlets, Veterinary College, SPCA , Maddox Street among others

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