Mylapore is an ancient residential neighborhood of Chennai and a cultural hot spot today. It history goes back to Roman times when it used to trade pepper and fine cloth with Rome for Gold! It was occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later fell into the hands of the British till India’s independence in 1947. The most famous landmark of Mylapore is the magnificent Kapaleeshwar temple. Built in the 7th century this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mylapore is also famous for its numerous heritage restaurants and bazaars.