(Image courtesy Open Corridor)
Madras, now Chennai, is one of the great metropolitan cities of the world, and the fourth largest city in India The older settlements have several stories to tell, and so the city is an amalgamation of ancient and more modern history. Mylapore predates British rule by several centuries and could very well be one of the oldest parts of what is now Chennai. However, this is quickly being usurped by multi storied concrete jungles.
The traditional Agraharams (dwellings) of the Brahmin community along with the garden homes of Chennai’s elite which were once the identity of the area, have dwindled in numbers. Traditional houses are increasingly getting demolished, replaced by commercial establishments or ‘modern’ houses that completely disrespect the value of the place.
Houses of Mylapore, is a tour to observe the architectural history of the area, recognize the conservation efforts of the residents and strike up a conversation about the significance of culture and heritage.
Location: Mylapore (nearest tourist landmark San Thome Church and Kapaleeswarar Temple)