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Mylapore

Chennai (Madras), India
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Type: Neighborhoods
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: If you are looking to soak in the culture of Chennai, the Mylapore Tank and Mandavali area should be at the top of your list. One of the oldest... more » Owner description: If you are looking to soak in the culture of Chennai, the Mylapore Tank and Mandavali area should be at the top of your list. One of the oldest residential parts of Chennai, the tank is a part of the seventh century Kapaleeshwarar Temple. This is also the place where the famous Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar, was born. If you are spending a few days in Chennai, you will understand the importance of this state figure from the number of references made in signs, names of shops and statues. The quintessential travel phrase, "overwhelming sights, sounds, smells," fits perfectly in this area. The narrow streets around the temple are buzzing with activities. Flower sellers, archaic shops selling temple offering ingredients and such line the roads leading to the temple. A photographer’s dream, this place is best explored in the morning, the chosen time to pay homage at the temple. « less
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Auckland, New Zealand
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197 reviews 197 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very busy and crowded, lots of shops, stalls and people and traffic. Hot the time we were there so take plenty of water, good to experience.

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New Milford, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wonderful experience but plan on being elbow to elbow on the streets. Interesting surrounding and Great shopping!!!

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Houghton, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you put Chennai in a time capsule, an unchanging one, this would be it! Walk around the mada veedi, eat in Karpagambal mess, go to the temple, shop in the little stores, buy some fruits from the carts, just a wonderful experience overall.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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185 reviews 185 reviews
41 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

To really know a metro you must visit the old areas or the bazaars, this is the real soul of the place. For Chennai a walk in Mylapore is one such place. Soak in the ambience and the scenes. Recommend visit in the evening when the Kapaleeshwar temple is buzzing and the vegetable vendors come on the road. They are... More

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Bangalore, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Be it the temples, roadside shops, mylapore festival, music concerts, yummy south Indian delicacies, saree shops Mylapore can't beat any other place in Chennai.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Mylapore temple tank area is something I'd recommend every first-time Chennai visitor to go to. Agreed the place is crowded most of the time with traffic and a lot of people around, but then there's just so much to see here. Usually when I am taking visitors there, we generally go to the temple first, which in itself is quite... More

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Bangalore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

One can take a guided tour through these little nooks and corners ...it's a worth seeing place and knowing the history behind it is interesting!

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

All the best areas and shopping centres are nearby.Very green and good ambience................................

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Bangalore, India
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This the place which is buzzing with all sort of activities. There is a nice temple near by and lots of good and nice eateries including Sarvana Bhavan. Rich heritage, culture, dance and what not can be witnessed in Mylapore, a cultural hub of Chennai

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Chennai (Madras), India
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

A very old locality of Madras / Chennai where the famous Kapaleeswara / Karpagambal temple with a huge water tank. Many small temples are located around the main temple. It is a very old locality of Madras mostly inhabited by Brahmins. Still you can see many typical brahmin houses around the temple with the entrances decorated by Kolam (Rangoli). Most... More

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