George Town heritage walk

The Making of Chennai

Georgetown Heritage Walk

Listen to the story of making of Chennai at Georgetown and how the first English settlement has transformed into a bustling trading city

History, legends & thriving bazaars

Retrace the evolution of George Town from a trading post for British East India Company in the 17th century to its emergence as Chennai's foremost market today. Find out about a local hero who helped avert a "Jallianwalan Bagh" type massacre by British soldiers and went on to become the the first Chief Minister. Recall moments from history like the attempt by Hyder Ali to poison the wells of George Town to reach the British a lesson and bombing of the High Court building by SMS Emden during the First World War. Explore the 5 main streets selling everything under the Sun, ancient temples, a church built by Armenian traders in 1712 and savor mouth watering snacks in a food street!

Trading legacy of Chennai

Trace the evolution of George Town as the trading post for East Indian Company in the 17th century to its modern avatar as the trading hub of Chennai.

Cultural Evangelist

The George Town Heritage walk in Chennai is led by a cultural evangelist who will bring alive the heritage and legacy of Chennai's first settlement.

Ancient temples & Churches

In the George Town Heritage walk in Chennai, Experience cultural diversity as we walk to ancient temples predating the British Era and an iconic Church of Armenian traders.

Mouthwatering Snacks

The food street of George Town is a haven for foodies and provides a great opportunity to savor local snacks.

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Pricing Chart

5+ Persons
  • Guide
  • Snacks
  • Entrance Charges
2-4 Persons
  • Guide
  • Snacks
  • Entrance Charges
Single Person
  • Guide
  • Snacks
  • Entrance Charges

Walk Itinerary

Markets of George Town, High Court, Ancient Temples, Armenian Church & local eateries

4:00 PM - Fort St George
Meet the guide at the entrance of Fort St George
China Bazaar Road
Walk through the market famous for utensils, cosmetics and clothes.
Chennakesava Temple
Visit the twin temples of Chennakesava Perumal and Mallikarjuna, next in George Town walk in Chennai
Kasi Chetty Street
Walk through the markets famous for stationery, gift items, bags and electornics.
Mint Street
It is here where the East India Company set up its Mint. Today its famous for clothing markets.
Experience a riot of colours and jazz in the Saree market. It is also time for savouring snacks in this famous food street.
Armenian Street
Next in our George Town walk in Chennai, visit the street where Armenian refugees set up trade for silk, spices & gems. Visit the unique Armenian Church.
630: PM - George Town walk in Chennai ends at High Court
Set up in 1862 by a decree from Queen Victoria, the High court serves the state of Tamil Nadu today.

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“My husband and I took this lovely walk on a Saturday afternoon. It was a fantastic outing as we walked past some of the most colorful bazaars i have seen anywhere in the world. The buzz in the streets is infectious! We also sampled some local delicacies in a eatery there and its highly recommended.”
Carol Peters
Home Maker
“George Town is steeped in history and Kannan did a great job of explaining the transformation of this place over the last 3 centuries. The quaint Armenian Church is a must visit. The bazaars are a great hub of activity and worth a visit.”
Samuel Sterenfeld

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