Peacock Trail Walking Tour In Mylapore - Chennai

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Overview

Have you ever wondered why there are so many Gods in India? Or what the stars have to do with your future? As walking through the Mylapore neighborhood in Chennai, explore the fascinating stories hidden from the mundane rituals of daily life, the stories of Gods and demons, and the stories of ancient customs and symbolism. Mylapore is a bustling neighborhood in the heart of Chennai dated the city by at least 2,000 years and has maintained many traditions and arts that Chennai is so famous for.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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There are many stories hidden behind the mundane rituals of daily life. As you walk through Mylapore, you will discover that every sight you behold has a story to tell. Read the symbolism behind some everyday activities on the streets and you will find that spirituality here doesnt just start and end within holy places.

We will meet outside of Rasi Silks in Mylapore at 8:30am for morning departure or 4:00pm for afternoon departure. The Peacock Trail is a relaxing, enjoyable walk through Mylapore that comes with a bundle of stories stories of local life, of Gods and demons, of ancient customs and symbolism, and of Mylapore and Madras. You might find them amusing or baffling and the stories should also help you make sense of the sights you are visiting.

Why is it called the Peacock Trail? Well, of course there is a story, too. Visit the Kapaleeshwara Temple, the Santhome Church, and walk through the by-lanes of Mylapore with a storyteller during this 3-hour tour. The tour is mostly on foot with a short stretch in an auto-rickshaw (local tuk-tuk) that are arranged and included in the tour and it will end with south Indian refreshments.

Inclusions for Peacock Trail Walking Tour In Mylapore

  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Guide

Exclusions for Peacock Trail Walking Tour In Mylapore

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Camera tickets at monuments (if applies)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Recommended minimum age is 6 years

Adult pricing applies to all travelers 12 years and older

A dress code is required to enter places of worship. Avoid shorts or sleeveless tops. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The storyteller was good but this tour was not what I expected. I recommend only if you want to learn about the stories behind the Hindu symbols.

  • Aquilla not sure of spelling was one of the best tour guides I have had in any country. She had a wealth of knowledge about the history of India but also stories to keep it personal and fun. Enjoyed the temple, priest's house and Thomas the Apostle church. It was a lovely 2 hours and I left feeling I knew much more about India and the culture of the South and North. Will recommend to anyone traveling to Chennai. Did not realize that Mary had such an extensive wardrobe as she does in India.

  • This is the best thing to do to get to know that part of the city, the Mylapore neighborhood, and the Kapaleeshwarar temple. Akeelah is a great guide who is amazing at giving you the history of the place in a great story-telling way, she'll take you around the temple and explain the traditions, tell stories about the history of the major sites and the people living there. She took me to the template, the tank, the Santhome church and didn't forget to take me a on a tuk tuk ride and treated me to a great Dosa and Smabar, she is the perfect tour/walk companion, I high recommend this tour to everyone going through chennai!

  • If you have limited time and you want to really understand India this is a perfect tour for you. Our guide was speaking very good English and she really had a feeling how present a story to be attractive. Beside temple we also visited priest home, took a riksha, visited St. Thomas church and take a snack with coffee in a restaurant. I really loved it.

  • I flew into Chennai to attend a wedding. Because my trip was so brief, I had one free day a walking tour sounded like the perfect way to explore the city. The Peacock Walking Tour takes you to two well known places in Mylapore - Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple and San Thome Basilica - but it's a great way to learn about the history and people of Chennai. Vijay was a charismatic and knowledgeable guide, and the group was small and leisurely enough to allow for plenty of Q and A. My favorite part was meeting a temple priest in his own home, a nice addition that other tours do not offer. The dosa and coffee at the end of a tour capped off a perfect afternoon.

  • I booked the Peacock Trail walking tour in Chennai, India though Trip Advisor, with about 12 hours notice. The guide showed up on time.and provided an excellent description of what I was seeing, including extensive cultural tidbits not often heard on these programs.
    Although billed as a walking tour, it is not overly so and an auto-rickshaw and significant snack enough for my lunch are included. i was also told that they offer this and other tours with Airport pick-up, for those on layover.

  • A real pleasure! The tour completely lived up to expectations.
    From the outset Veejay our guide set a light humorous tone yet gave us excellent historical detail and charming folksy stories.
    As we ambled around the area he answered many questions and explained all sorts of sights as we passed them.
    We particularly liked the way he positioned himself and his family in the mix so that there was a closer attachment to the culture in front of us.
    We shall use this company in Madurai if we can.
    Thank you.

  • This was a great tour of Kapaleeswarar temple and surrounding area including a priest's traditional house, a tuk-tuk ride to St Thomas' Basilica and back, and tiffin in a local restaurant.Our guide, Vijay, was excellent in every way and provided great stories about the origin of the city Mylapore, the gods and other deities, and spiritual practices both in and out of the temples. This is a great way to see Chennai in a safe environment and I highly rate Vijay and Storytrails india.

  • The tour was well-organized and fun. I live in Mylapore, yet I hadn't heard a lot of the stories we were told! Our guide Vijay was professional, friendly, and keep us engaged with a lot of stories. The logistics was managed well - I was especially impressed that a line of auto rickshaws were waiting for us and we didn't have to wait around.

  • We had the most wonderful time with our guide Mrs. Akila. She tells with lots of passion about her city. Don't expect an 'ordinary' guided tour around the main seeings of Chennai, but she will introduce you to a lot of different aspects of Indian lifestyle, religion, food etc.
    MUST-DO in Chennai!!!

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