For those planning a trip to Chennai, know that your trip will be incomplete without devoting a full day to Chennai’s most buzzing and loved neighbourhood – Mylapore. Mylapore is a rich centre of history and culture that dates back to centuries. From temple-hopping to savouring the best of South Indian delicacies, there’s no dearth of doing things here.
Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore boasts of a thousand-year-old history. An architectural marvel in its own right, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and has a vibrant temple culture that attracts hundreds of devotees every day. The temple is also a cultural and fine-arts venue regularly hosting dance and music recitals.
For the shopping junkies, a visit to Luz corner – one of Chennai’s best-known shopping districts – is a must. Dozens of shops and showrooms sell everything from electronics, textiles to boutique silk, Kancheevaram sarees and second-hand books.
Nothing comes close to the 16th-century, all-white Santhome Basilica church in terms of heritage, historical importance, and grandeur. Built by the Portuguese, the Santhome Basilica, is one of the three known basilicas in the entire world that were built upon the tomb of a direct apostle of Jesus Christ.
Again, if there’s any part of the country that can truly be called the centre of Carnatic music culture and tradition, it is Mylapore. Some of the most prominent Sabhas and venues for performances here are the Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. A visit to Mylapore is incomplete without witnessing a Carnatic music concert.
For a complete immersive experience on the history of Mylapore, take part in the heritage and culture walks across Mangollai and Mada Veethis organised here. Last but not the least, a trip can’t be complete here without sampling the delectable South India fare at the local Mylapore messes. They might not be swanky or have fancy decor, but the humble messes such as Rayar Mess and Mylai Karpagambal Mess are the best for their quintessential vegetarian ‘full meals’ platter, which come with as many as a dozen dishes and are traditionally served on banana leaves.