Koyambedu for Chennai-dwellers and those who visit Chennai is synonymous with the Mofussil Bus Terminus and the wholesale fruit and vegetable market. The newest arrival to Koyambedu is the Metro. One of the busiest areas of the city currently, with several thousand footfalls per day, the roots of Koyambedu date back to the legend of the Ramayana.

Koyambedu was once part of Sage Valmiki’s ashram, where a pregnant Sita took refuge. It is the place where Lava and Kusha were born and raised and where they met their father for the first time, not knowing who he was. The twin temples at Koyambedu bear testimony to the tales of Lava and Kusha and how they fought valiantly against their own father. The walk will also include a visit to the Lavapureeswara and Semathamman temples nearby, each having several unique facets to them.

This guided tour is free.

Padmapriya Baskaran
Walk Leader
Padmapriya Baskaran is a heritage enthusiast, researcher and blogger, and has been creating awareness about lesser-known heritage sites through her blog Aalayam Kanden since 2010.