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British Blueprints

Discover colonial Madras through the buildings the British left behind. Look closely at each structure and you will find stories of grand ambitions and unexpected revolutions; the hopes, fears, and ideas of the creators, as well as the history of this ever-vibrant city.

  • Reporting Venue

    Storytrails Office, 21/2, TTK Road, 1st Cross, Sriram Nagar, Chennai 600018

    Map

  • Time

    8:00 am-11:00 am or 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

  • Conveyance

    Air-conditioned coach

What do buildings tell you about a city? Quite a lot, if you only lent a ear to their stories. The British left behind a rich legacy – their language, their bureaucracy, their education system and their buildings. And these monuments are a window into Chennai’s past.
Join Storytrails and take a peek into colonial Madras, where Hindu Gods sit under Muslim domes, where stained glass reflects Kerala-style roofs, and majestic Greek columns stand next to sleek Art Deco edifices.

Look more closely at these structures and you will find stories of grand ambitions and unexpected revolutions, determined idealists and rascally traders. Each building is a time capsule which reveals the hopes, fears, and ideas of its creators, as well as the history of this ever-vibrant city.

Why does this hot city have the cool-sounding Ice House? What is the link between the railways and the Independence movement? How did Cenotaph Road get its name?

Come and discover colonial Madras through the buildings the British left behind.

test Testimonials

Thank you for a lovely and fun tour! I really liked the stories about both the buildings and the history.

Antara Trillingsagar

Thank you very much for a great and very interesting tour!

Matthias

The tour was amazing! City tour would have been incomplete without these stories.

Priyanka Mukherjee

Very nice trail and interesting stories and good scope! Will definitely be in for another trail!

Janet Ryerson

Interesting stories, appropriate length and mix!!A wonderful day! The city of Chennai is filled with so many interesting and funny stories. Very informative and a lovely mix. Thank you so much!

Ursula

A lot to learn about the things around the buildings.

Abuaj

My morning was unique, a wonderful way to see Chennai as I could never design the tour so well. Even though I have been to India twice before it is only now that I know the history and story behind every building I see.

Kevin Weekley

Very nice, interesting and the story was lively. Thank you very much!

Sastina

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