Mylapore
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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.
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The religious and cultural epicenter of Chennai, Mylapore is highly revered by the locals and tourists for the rich history and architectural marvels that line its narrow alleys and markets and is one of the oldest residential neighbourhood of the city. Home to a cluster of tree-lined avenues full of popular churches and the renowned Kapaleeswara Temple soaked in Dravidian architectural vibes, Mylapore is filled with small lanes with old-style homes, music auditoriums and stores selling music and religious memorabilia. The bazaars selling jewellery, fresh produce and flowers that surround the streets of this neighbourhood provide a colourful backdrop to the temple. Aimless strolls through the small lanes lead you to hidden corners of some mouth-watering south-Indian dishes served at local places like Maami’s mess, Jannal Kadai and Kaalathi Stall.
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susan s
San Diego, CA18 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
In the city of Mylapore there is the St. Thomas Basilica. It is built over the tomb of St. Thomas. There are actually two buildings. In the front is the magnificent basilica and behind that is a small building which is actually over the tomb. Inside the basilica there are several stations with statues of Christ, Mary and several others. It was built around 1896. The stained glass window is breathtaking. You are permitted to walk around inside the basilica and photograph. In the back building is where the tomb is. Even if you are not religious I recommend making a point to go here. There is also a mount near the airport that has the Pole of St. Thomas which was erected to protect the city from the ocean. Legend has it, St. Thomas was killed here and there is a small chapel with relics from the past which are also worth seeing, which the faithful do believe were part of the martyrdom. Definitely worth the visit.
Written April 13, 2012
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Shree S
Sydney, Australia76 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
Please visit this temple if you're a person who believe in god, as this temple has very long history and known for powers.
Written January 25, 2016
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Baskarj
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Mylapore is an exciting place here in chennai. It seems to be the oldest residential part of chennai. It is famous for the famous 7th century Kapaleeswarar Temple. Thiruvalluvar, author of great Tamil work Thirukkural is said to have been born in Mylapore.
Chennai Citi Center is located in mylapore, It is considered to be the most popular shopping mall in Mylapore. It has hotels to cinema halls, it's a mini world.

Mylapore has the oldest schools like P.S.H.S.S, Lady sivaswami and so. R.K.M Vivekanada college is located in Mylapore, a old institution providing good education. Sri ramakrishna universal temple is a good place where you can forgot the world and do meditation. Nageswara park - a best place for the fitnesss freaks who can go for walking or can do some simple excersises in early morning.

Mylpaore - Simple and Smart
Written November 9, 2008
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Travel with GK
Dehradun, India505 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
Mylapore is the place where I lived for good 3-4 years starting from 1999 - 2000 then 2005 to 2008 and have lots of teen age memories with this place, recently visited this place again with friends and refreshed all the memories

This place is very famous for Kapaleeswarar Temple as well as Sai Baba Temple, Visit both the temples and it's worth visit

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Must try the fruit shake at Luz Corner which use to be my favourite once upon a time and still have the taste of the same and will never go away
Written August 31, 2017
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Neelakandan N
Chennai (Madras), India20 contributions
Mylapore is identity as a cultural & cosmopolitan hub of Chennai. Birth place of Saint "Tiruvalluvar" Written Tirukkural aka (பொய்யாமொழி புலவர்) is temple situated behind Madras Sanskrit college also a landmark of Chennai. Lord Kapaleeswara along with Karpakambal Temple situated mid of the city many hundred of years ago, Car festival of Lord God & Goddess & 64 Nayanmars Procession on Tamil happen every year i in the month Pankuni (பங்குனி) was a auspicious festival for lakhs of devotees.
Written March 20, 2015
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vinodsekar03
New Delhi, India143 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
This part (Mylapore) of chennai is totally different from rest of city. Wide roads, trees on both sides, no garbage on road, less polluted, well mannered people and some what peace. I enjoyed walking on the roads of Mylapore.
Written March 30, 2015
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Venkataraman U
Mumbai41 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Around the Mylapore Tank you have the four streets, named as per the directions of North, south, east and west. Each street has several shops which are unique in nature...silver, gold jewellery, dance costumes, handicrafts, pooja articles, vegetables,good eateries, books to name a few. One can spend hours around the street.
Written March 24, 2015
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Chintan L
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India36 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
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 an experience. A cluster of small temples surrounding the central temple, involving walking around the entire premises. And to imagine the huge temple area came first, outside the then 'main city', and the entire market/area came up so much so as to make Mylapore a center itself, mind blown.

Following the temple visit, we usually veer towards the right of it, on which street all stuff from fresh vegetables/fruits, to groceries, utensils, yeah Leo Coffee, firecrackers, etc. are sold. And then we walk towards the left of the temple, passing through the main street dodging traffic and taking a glimpse of the wares on sale. We finish the trip with evening snacks or dinner at Hotel Saravana Bhavan.

Considering the heat throughout the day in Chennai, it is best to start by 4-5 PM, and finish by 7-9 PM depending on how much time you manage to spend there.
Written May 26, 2014
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chidambaram k
Chennai (Madras), India106 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
The old and famous Kapaleeswarar temple is located in Mylapore. The name suggests that peacocks (mayil in tamil) roamed there many years ago. Now, it is overcrowded with people and encroachments and it is difficult to drive or even walk around the temple, leave alone parking one's car.
Written March 10, 2015
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kapurash
Mumbai1,234 contributions
Feb 2015
Mylapore has for long been the mist popular neighbourhoods in Chennai. Its a place famous not only for its temples and bazaars but also for its traditional & modern eateries as well as new age malls in its vicinity.

Besides Ramakrishna temple which I visited, the Anjsneya temple & Sai Baba temple are also housed here. For food, my preference will be Saravana Bhavan which is known for its authentic taste and variety of options

Besides Fort St George, another important historical landmark in Chennai, is also located close by. Mylapore surely is a must visit place when in Chennai
Written February 28, 2015
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