Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

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Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore
from USD $27.64
Have you ever wondered why there are so many Gods in India? Or what the stars have to do with your future? As you walk through the Mylapore neighborhood in Chennai, explore fascinating stories hidden from the mundane rituals of daily life in South India - stories of Gods and demons, and 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.
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In Brief

Chennai, India
3 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: San Thome Church, 38 San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras) 600004 India

Visit the Santhome Basilica and listen to stories of the arrival of St Thomas to India and the evolution of Christianity in these parts

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Kapaleesvarar Sannadhi Street Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Chennai (Madras) 600004 India

Visit the Kapaleeshwara temple in Mylapore and explore every Hindu customs and rituals and the fascinating stories behind them

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mylapore, Chennai (Madras) India

This is a walk through the Mylapore neighbourhood in the heart of Chennai. It is a 2000 year old village that predates the city itself and is the nub of local culture.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Coffee and/or Tea


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

Departure Point

Mylai Karpagambal Mess, 20, E Mada St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017, India

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 20 recent reviews

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!
• Submitted 06 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).
• Submitted 04 Feb 2020
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.
• Submitted 20 Apr 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.
• Submitted 07 Feb 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!
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 13 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
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
Fantastic guide :
• Submitted 11 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.
• Submitted 07 Nov 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.
• Submitted 07 Aug 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!
• Submitted 29 May 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.
• Submitted 12 Mar 2017
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.
• Submitted 06 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.
• Submitted 01 Feb 2017
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.
• Submitted 06 Jun 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!!!
• Submitted 10 Jan 2016
We had a wonderful guide who was very knowledgeable and informative and made the day fascinating
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015
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.
• Submitted 06 Feb 2017
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.
• Submitted 29 Feb 2016
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.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2017

In Brief

Chennai, India
3 hours

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