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    Discover the city through these walks being organised by various outfits, in celebration of Madras Week

    Last week we gave you a heads up on the most notable events lined up for the eight-day celebration that is Madras Week. And with just three days to go before the city’s 376th birthday festivities conclude, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on some of the low-key events (read walks) that deserve no less attention than the lectures, exhibitions, history lessons, workshops and contests. The last few walks of the season:
    birdBird spotting
    How would you like to spend Sunday morning in the company of eagrets, ducks, pelicans and other feathered friends? Organised by the Madras  Naturalists’ Society, this two-hour nature walk at the Perumbakkam tank is a must visit for two reasons. Firstly, you get to spot up to 40 plus species of birds (aquatic, raptors, etc). Secondly, you get to learn about the threats that are being posed to this wildlife hotspot and then do your bit to spread awareness. “This wetland needs to be protected from raw sewage. The last time we saw about 43 species including Kingfishers and crows. And if you’re lucky, you will even spot the Greater Flamingo,” says Vijay Kumar, honarary secretary of the Madras Naturalists’s Society. Details: gopivkumar58@gmail.com

     

    greenCode green
    The last in Nizhal’s Landmark Tree Series of Walks for Madras Week, this one is going to be conducted in Hindi. “We conducted two other walks in English – Pangal Park – and Tamil – Kotturpuram Tree Park – last week,” says Shobha Menon, founder of Nizhal. “My Ladye’s Garden in Periamet is one of the first gardens in the city that has been around since the time of the British. The walk will last an hour and introduce you to species like the real Ashoka, Nagalingam, Sarakondrai, Ball Badminton tree and the Divi Divi,” she adds. In all, you can expect to learn about 10 indigenous trees during the walk. At 4.30 pm on Sunday. Details: 9840604912

     

    marinaThe others
    ●    The Islamic Heritage of Triplicane: Led by S Anwar, this heritage walk will focus on the Islamic Heritage of one of Chennai’s busiest areas and end with breakfast. From 6 am to 8 am on August 22. Fee: `500 per head. Details: editor@madrasmusings.com

    ●     Mint Street food trail: For some North Indian snacking, sign up for this trail that starts at Kakada Sweets on Mint Street, Sowcarpet, at 4.30 pm on August 22. Details: 24986651

    ●     Living statues of Marina Beach: Witness dramatic enactments of six historical figures during this walk that begins at the Kannagi Stature on Marina Beach. At b7.30 am on August 23. Details: 9840394282

    ●     From Ireland to Madras’ Shores: This walk will narrate the stories of the first missionaries. Starting at the VOC statue, outside Madras Port, it will be led by Vincent D’ Souza and cover George Town and St Mary’s Cathedral, Armenian Street. At 6.45 am on August 23. Details: themadrasday.in

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