A part of Chennai, Mylapore pre-dates Chennai as a settlement and is considered by many to be the original place which eventually grew and become Chennai. Also known as Thirumayilai, Mylapore was originally a temple centre which included the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Mylapore means ‘the land of the peacock screams’ and it is known that this area had a sizeable population of the bird before commercialization and modernization either wiped out the population or scared them away from here.
Mylapore was annexed by the Portuguese in 1532, which later in 1662 lost it to the French. However, the Portuguese rallied and took back Mylapore from the French in 1687. Eventually becoming part of British India, Mylapore was a thriving centre of commercial and intellectual society. By then the collective area was known as Madras. Such was the impact of its vibrant culture that Marco Polo and Ptolemy have also written detailed accounts of the place. Birthplace of the well known and revered Tamil seer, Sage Thiruvalluvar, there is a temple dedicated to him in Chennai. There is also the belief in a large part of the Christian community that St. Thomas was buried in Mylapore before his remains were exhumed and moved to Mesopotamia. The San Thome Basilica marks the spot where the saint was buried and an underground crypt is where his tomb originally was. Although much of the old Mylapore no longer exists, a careful exploration will still bring you face to face with the different eras that this place went through to become the huge bustling commercial city of Chennai.
|Visit Duration||6 to 7 hours|