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5th Retro-walk / Enchanting Egmore :

April 7, 2014

Walk around the Egmore Legacy :-

Date: 13th April, Sunday. Time: 06.30 am – 09.30 a.m

Walk Leader : Muthuswamy R (+919444949507)

Meeting Point: in front of Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium, Gandhi-Irwin Road

Landmarks Covered :-
Veeran Alagu Muthukon Statue

Egmore Railway Station (Fort Egmore Redo – Egmore Station in 1908)

Tamil Nadu Archives – (“the Madras Record Office” in 1909)

Moti Baba Dargah – Tomb of Hazrat Khaja Gulam Dasthagir Moti Baba – one of the most important Dargah shareef in Chennai.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (Adithanar Rd, Egmore) (Indo Saracenic)

Government ophthalmic eye hospital, the Oldest Eye Hospital in South Asia – Lawley Ward (Indo-Saracenic), Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road, Egmore

Indian Red Cross Society (1920)

End Point: Egmore Government Museum (1851)

Route Map :

P.s. : Coincidentally this was also the 5th Chennai Photowalk route on 16thMar’08.

Diamond Jubilee Walk – 75th Walk amidst Greens

March 18, 2014

A walk amongst the Green Thumb of Chennai :-

We’ll Cross
1) Olcott Memorial School
2) Rajaji Bhawan
3) Pamban sami Memorial
4) Theosophical Compound
5) The School KFI
6) Avvai Home
7) Travancore Bungalow enroute ….

Starting Point : Beasant Nagar Bus Stand
Time : 06:30 Hrs
Date : 23rd Mar’14
Route :

Note :
a) No Registrations needed
b) Just click the “Join” in FB Group or Just land up at the starting point
c) Any Camera will do, not jus a DSLR, even No Camera will do (jus walk with us)
d) Call Ram – 9444062684 if you’ve lost your way (i dont think Beasant nagar bus stand is difficult to locate)
e) Find your OWN parking
f) Exchange no.s amongst yourselves / same route clickers and hitch a ride together

4th Retro-Walk. Mount Road Monuments.

March 4, 2014

4th Retro-Walk. Mount Road Monuments

Retro-Walk #4 : Mount Road Monuments: Quai-de-Millath Women’s College – LIC Building -Bootha Perumal Kovil Streets – Philately Bureau – Cosmopolitan Club – Bharat Insurance

Walk Leader : Muthusamy R @ 9444949507

Date: 09th March, Sunday. Time: 06.30 am – 09.30 a.m

Meeting Point: Quai-de-Millath Govt. college for women (1974) = Government Arts College for Men (1948) = Madras Mohammedan College

Madrasa-e-Azam Higher Secondary School (1849) = Umda Bagh (home of Princess Khayrunnisa Begum Sahiba,wife of the 12th [ last] Nawab of the Carnatic,Ghulam Muhammad Ghouse Khan)

Agarchand Mansion (Khaleel Mansion) (1930)

VST Motors  = Cuddon Building (Gove Building), (1916)

Chellarams (1915)

LIC Building (1959)

United India Building (Murray & CO)

Higgingbothams Pvt Ltd. (1844)

Poompuhar Handicrafts  = Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd (1973)

Bootha Perumal Koil Street and lanes plus Pachaiamman Samedha Mannareeswaran Temple

Mount Road Dargah = Hazrath Syed Moosa Sha Khaderi (17th century)

Makka Masjid

The Casino Theatre (1841)

Elphinston and New Elphinston Theater and Jafar Ice cream parlour

Phitalic Bureau Anna Salai Pot office = Electric Theater – Second Permanent Cinema Theater

First subway of Madras = underground war time chamber

Suguna Vilasa Sabha club (1945)

Christ Church Anglo-Indian higher Secondary School (1842)

Cosmopolitan Club (1873)

Ending Point: Bharat Insurance Building (1897)

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74th Photowalk – Villivakkam

February 16, 2014

Are you game to walk past the foll.?

1) 500 Year Old Agatheeswarar Temple & its Angaraka Theertham
2) 500 Year Old Soumya Damodara Perumal Temple & its Amirtha Pushkarni Theertham
3) Villivakkam Fish & Vegetable Market

and other interesting streets of the Largest Assembly Constituency of Tamilnadu.

Lets meet at : Temple Tank of Agatheeswarar Temple (very close to the Villivakkam Bus Stand)
Time : 06:30 am
Date : 23 Feb 14

Tentative Route (We would take even smaller streets in between, Hence its Tentative) :,+Ambedkar+Nagar,+North+High+Court+Colony,+Konnur,+Chennai,+Tamil+Nadu+600049,+India/13.1071281,80.208077/13.1097561,80.2078248/Kotiswari+Medicals/13.107581,80.2060287/13.106811,80.2068206/@13.1053625,80.2069883,18z/data=!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x3a52646b064abb11:0xbf2a6e982e18cdd7!2m2!1d80.206426!2d13.105165!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0x6f1b0

Call me @ 9444062684 if you’ve lost your way :)

Retro-Walk #3 : Glimpses of Indo-Sarcenic & Art-Deco Buildings

February 4, 2014

3rd Retro-Walk. Firstline Beach and Esplanade (PhotoWalk amidst
Indo-Saracenic and Art-deco Monuments)

Date: 09th February. Time: 06.30 – 09.30 a.m

Meeting Point: Beach station Bus stop, Opposite Beach Station, Rajaji Salai

Mercantile Bank of India (HSBC) (1923)
General Post Office building (1884)
Bank of Madras (the State Bank of India Local Head Office building) (1895),
Parry’s Dare house, (1940), NSC Bose Road, Esplanade, Parry’s Corner
CSI Anderson Church (1859), NSC Bose Road, Esplanade
State Bank of Mysore Building, NSC Bose Road, Esplanade
LIC Building, NSC Bose Road, Esplanade
YMCA Building (1900)
Armenian Church of St.Mary (1772), (Armenian Street)
St. Antony’s Church, (St.Mary Co-Cathedral) (1642), (Armenian Street)
Oriental Building (1930) (Armenian street)
Gopal Krishna Gokhale Hall (1915), (Armenian street)
Law college building

Ending Point: Raja Annamalai Mandram

Walk Leader : Muthusamy Ramaiah @ 9444949507

Route :

73rd Photowalk : Amidst garden houses of Egmore

January 20, 2014

The Houses of Egmore are a Quaint amalgamation of Vernacular & Colonial styles. The once preferred area of the British is now a crowded mix of small & medium continuous housing units.

A new route,and the streets many wouldn’t have stepped in…

Date : 26/Jan/2014
Time : 630 am (we’d aim to start as planned so don’t come late as the route goes through bye-lanes and we’d not be able to navigate you if you join us later)
Starting Point : Hotel Palimar, World University Services Centre (WUS).

Route :

Call me @ 9444062684 .. if you’ve lost your way and need help in locating the starting point. (Google Map is clear, anyways)

Parking : Pls arrive 10-15 mts earlier to search for one, as we’d not be able to locate one for you.

2nd Retro-walk : Mylai & Festival

January 6, 2014

Mylapore (Thirumayilai) is an ancient residential village pre-dates Chennai’s birth in the 17th century and evolved today as a major cultural and commercial center. This place retains the look and feel of an old neighborhood, the culture and heritage typically south Indian.

We’re coinciding the Retro-walk along with the Mylapore Festival …

Starting Point : Kalathi Stores / “World famous” Rosemilk Shop / Chitrakulam

Time : 3:30 pm (yes evening)

Date : 12 Jan 2014 (Sunday)

Route :…

Walk Leaders : Muthusamy Ramaiah (9444949507) & Vinod Velayudhan (9840708452)


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