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)
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)
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)
Google Map URL:
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) : https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Agatheeswarar+Temple,+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,firstname.lastname@example.org,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
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 : https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Beach+Station+Bus+Stop%2C+North+Beach+Road%2C+George+Town%2C+Chennai%2C+Tamil+Nadu&daddr=13.0906335%2C80.2910324+to%3AGokhale+Hall+%28YMIA%29%2C+Armenian+Street%2C+Mannady%2C+George+Town%2C+Chennai%2C+Tamil+Nadu+600001+to%3AArmenian+Church+Of+Virgin+Mary%2C+116%2C+Armenian+Street%2C+Parrys%2C+Parrys%2C+Armenian+St%2C+Parry%27s+Corner%2C+George+Town%2C+Chennai%2C+Tamil+Nadu+to%3AArmenian+St+to%3ANSC+Bose+Rd+to%3ANSC+Bose+Rd+to%3AEsplanade+Rd&hl=en&ll=13.08974%2C80.288408&spn=0.012289%2C0.018539&sll=13.091763%2C80.289792&sspn=0.003072%2C0.004635&geocode=FUzMxwAdzynJBCn1y9VdT29SOjEbe8WDmslIIQ%3BFUm_xwAd2CTJBCmrohL7Tm9SOjG0mB9i60NRGA%3BFZfCxwAdsxjJBCmvPGLVT29SOjHvVbHSFMWMsg%3BFSW_xwAdRhnJBCFDJMD2uMb3AClh27D8UW9SOjFDJMD2uMb3AA%3BFZK3xwAdqhfJBA%3BFcq3xwAdRhvJBA%3BFRy3xwAd_hHJBA%3BFSesxwAdswvJBA&gl=in&dirflg=w&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=18&via=1&t=m&z=16
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 : https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=University+Union+Grounds%2C+East+Spur+Tank+Road%2C+M.S.+Nagar%2C+Chetpet%2C+Chennai%2C+Tamil+Nadu%2C+India&daddr=13.07364%2C80.2524909+to%3A13.073958%2C80.252586+to%3A13.0747874%2C80.2537519+to%3AEgmore+High+Rd+to%3APoosala+Gangu+St+to%3APoosala+Gangu+St+to%3ASrinivasa+Pillai+St+to%3ADr+Nair+Rd+to%3AHalls+Rd+to%3AHalls+Rd+to%3APantheon+Rd&hl=en&ll=13.073866%2C80.254601&spn=0.006145%2C0.00927&sll=13.069895%2C80.256436&sspn=0.006145%2C0.00927&geocode=FUl7xwAdo4nIBCGZ2sC9WvwNMynD1XWtc2ZSOjGZ2sC9WvwNMw%3BFeh8xwAdSo7IBCkvTJgcc2ZSOjHSgx8Pz5kL4Q%3BFSZ-xwAdqo7IBCmJansRc2ZSOjEo4NvNpQOklg%3BFWOBxwAdN5PIBCnX7X5Lc2ZSOjH3U-brY9DSHg%3BFWqBxwAdVJPIBA%3BFTuGxwAd2JLIBA%3BFQmExwAdMZ3IBA%3BFV-JxwAdSp7IBA%3BFS2ExwAdOKTIBA%3BFa18xwAdIJ7IBA%3BFS1zxwAdJpTIBA%3BFVFnxwAdk5nIBA&oq=University+Union%2C+Chennai%2C+Tamil+Nadu%2C+India&dirflg=w&mra=mi&mrsp=11&sz=17&via=1%2C2%2C3&t=m&z=17
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.
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)
Walk Leaders : Muthusamy Ramaiah (9444949507) & Vinod Velayudhan (9840708452)
Do you want to
Spot the mini Angkor-wat?
The Place where the Broken Doors / Windows from your old houses end up?
The Old Buckingham & Carnatic Mills?
Walk along ….
Route : https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Mahalakshmi+Cinema+Hall%2C+Strahans+Rd%2C+Purasaiwakkam%2C+Chennai%2C+TN%2C+India&daddr=13.0977277%2C80.2531271+to%3APerambur+High+Rd&hl=en&sll=13.097742%2C80.256935&sspn=0.001536%2C0.002317&geocode=FTvaxwAdX6TIBCF2nUV_uUfNcilRW0Rs6WVSOjF2nUV_uUfNcg%3BFf_axwAdx5DIBCmBXroXwmVSOjG9U80rkrOlAg%3BFRr_xwAdLnvIBA&oq=Maha&dirflg=w&mra=ls&t=m&via=1&z=16
Time : 630am
Starting Point : Opp Mahalakshmi Theatre, Strahans Road
Date : 29Dec’13
Call 9444062684 if you have lost the route…
Starting Point: Fire Temple (Dar E Maher), West Madha Church Street
Date: Sunday, 22nd December 2013
Time: 06.30 am
Walk Leader : Muthusamy R / +91 94449 49507
A. Royapuram Railway station
In early 1850s the Madras Railway Company (MRC) took up the task of laying railway lines to connect the east and west coasts of India. The Railway line was thrown open in 1856, and Royapuram remained in full glory till opening of Central station in 1873. On December 17, 1875 when the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII visited the place.
B. Madha Church, St.Peters Church in West Madha Church Street
The church was built around 1799 by local residents. The area got its name Royapuram as St.Peter was referred in Tamil as “Rayappar’. The architecture of the church was a classic example of Strawberry hill gothic architecture.
C. Royapuram Oil Tankers West Madha Church Street & Arathoon Road Junction
Royapuram Oil tankers located near the church. Mr.Haji ir Ismail Sait brought kerosene oil for the first time to Chennai. Here only the Emden the war ship from Germany bombed the oil tankers in 1914 and caused colossal damage.
D. Misionary of Charity, West Madha Church Street
Missionaries of Charity. Opposite to the church there was a house belonging to Missionaries of Charity. Here Mother Terasa used to stay during her visits to the city.
E. Parsi Anjuman Bagh and Temple of Fire (Jal Phiroj Clubwala Dar-e-Meher). West Madha Church Street
F. Shrine of Hazarath Sheik Gunangudi Masthan Sahib Dargah, Pichandi Lane off Cemetry Road.
It is generally believed that Tondiarpet got its name from him, since he was believed to have come from Tondi (Sri Lanka). The shrine contains the resting place of the Sufi saint and it has a small subterranean chamber used by the saint for his meditations, the chamber was 4 to 5 feet below ground level.
G. RSRM (Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar) Lying In Hospital, Cemetery Road
Opposite this park was Government RSRM (Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar) Lying In Hospital, which is now managed by Stanley Medical College.
H. Anna Park Cemetery Road
I. Robinson Park, MC Road
Robinson Park (now called Arignar Anna Park). It was here on 17 September 1949 in front of a huge crowd that Former Tamil Nadu CM Thiru C.N.Annadurai along with other stalwarts founded DMK Party which changed Tamil Nadu State politics forever.
End Time: Approx 09.00 am.