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Chennai, India
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore Chennai's Mylapore neighborhood with a local guide and learn about the rituals of daily life, hear stories of gods and demons, and gain a deeper understanding of local customs and traditions. This popular walking tour showcases the highlights and the history of this incredible city and is not to be missed.
  • Peacock Trail walking tour in Mylapore
  • See the sites of Chennai and learn about local culture
  • Get a chance to sample popular snacks and coffee or tea
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a local guide
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Bottled water
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Coffee and/or Tea
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Camera tickets at monuments (if applies)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Mylai Karpagambal Mess , 20, E Mada St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017, India

Meet outside the Karpagambal mess

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Storytrails India
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Great walk
Anna_R
, Feb 2020
Well spoken, with great English. We enjoyed every moment of our tour with you. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, Thank you for feedback. It is lovely to hear that you had a great walk that was all you could ask for. :D We hope to see you on more of our trails- we also run them in Mumbai, Madurai, Pondicherry or Trivandrum. Warmly, Akila
star-5
Highly recommend
bettyungerman
, Feb 2020
Great experience! I highly recommend!! We learned so much about the temple and it’s inner workings. Plus, the idly still the end was delicious.
star-5
Fantastic Tour, Even Better Tour Guide
meganpukala2007
, Feb 2020
What a lovely tour, and an even better tour guide! Aquila was a wonderful storyteller with a warm personality. She showed us shades of Chennai through visits to a famous temple, a famous cathedral, and a local priest's home. Aquila mixed stories of India's past with commentary on its modern society, both of which I found so fascinating. The tour included a bonus auto ride and ended with a delicious idly and sambar snack. Highly recommend!
star-5
Loved it!
efleishman
, Feb 2020
Karunya was an excellent guide. She shared so many stories about the temple and took us into the family home of a priest. We felt like we got an in-depth view of daily life. We also enjoyed the snack at the end (at local cafe).
star-5
Excellent guide, fascinating stories
Anna_B
, Jan 2020
Lakshmi was a delightful and knowledgable guide and really brought life to the Hindu myths and stories. She was also solicitous of our need for shade. The pick up option seemed very expensive. Viator sent our booking on through another website, so there was a delay in it being recognised.
star-5
We had a wonderful guide and despite...
Greg C
, Apr 2018
We had a wonderful guide and despite turning up to somewhere we had never been before it was out first morning in India, our guide found us pretty quickly amongst the crowds of people arriving to visit the Temple. We had a very personal service and great introduction to India. It was all capped off with a lovely breakfast and south-Indian coffee, which I can whole-heatedly recommend. We were also given a local cafe/restaurant recommendation for a place near our hotel, Chamier, which despite not selling alcohol, is a great place to eat. Mylapore and the Temple is an amazing place, as is Chennai, and really tests our senses, both from an historical perspective, but also from the sheer number of people and the chaos that creates on the roads etc. We had a wonderful tour and happy to recommend highly.
star-5
The Mylapore tour was wonderful! We...
Steven M
, Jan 2018
The Mylapore tour was wonderful! We learned so much about local and Hindu culture and traditions while exploring the temple and church. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and clear. We had been to many temples and cities before but never understood as much as we did while taking this tour. Well worth it!
star-5
It was a wonderful first taste of...
Frances K
, Jan 2018
It was a wonderful first taste of India for our group. We thought it was well done and we so appreciate our guides patience
star-5
We had a really great tour and...
Govindh M
, Nov 2017
We had a really great tour and Lakshmi our guide was amazing. I am a native of chennai and spent 25 years in Chennai before moving to the USA and very familiar with Mylapore but decided to take the tour for our American friends instead of giving them my own home brewed version. That was the best decision that I made. The tour was very informative and structured very well. The tour of the Hindu temple priests house is a really unique experience and the tour also took us to St. Thomas church which I had never visited and did not realize that it commemorated one of the apostles. Very well narrated and organized. Will fully recommend it for tourists and natives.
star-2
The storyteller was good but this...
Eugenia T
, Aug 2017
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.
star-5
Aquilla not sure of spelling was one...
Charlotte O
, Aug 2017
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.
star-5
This is the best thing to do to get...
Linda W
, May 2017
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!
star-5
If you have limited time and you...
Peter M
, Mar 2017
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.
star-4
I flew into Chennai to attend a...
Jacqueline S
, Feb 2017
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.
star-5
A real pleasure! The tour completely...
Graham C
, Feb 2017
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.
star-5
This was a great tour of...
Richard R
, May 2016
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.
star-4
The tour was well-organized and fun...
Sowmya R
, Feb 2016
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.
star-5
We had the most wonderful time with...
joris d
, Jan 2016
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!!!
star-5
We had a wonderful guide who was...
Bonnie B
, Nov 2015
We had a wonderful guide who was very knowledgeable and informative and made the day fascinating
star-5
Ich kann den voranstehenden...
Rainer_G
, Feb 2018
Ich kann den voranstehenden positiven Eindrücken anderer Reisender voll und ganz zustimmen. Akueella I hope I wrote her name not too wrong made a very good job. Sie hat die kleine Gruppe in leicht verständlichem Englisch sehr anschaulich informiert und auf Nachfragen kompetent und humorvoll reagiert. Ich kann eine Tour mit ihr ohne Einschränkungen empfehlen.

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