Mylapore, also known as Thirumayilai, is derived from ‘Mayil arparikum oor’, which means ‘Land of the peacock call’. Mylapore is known as the birth place of Thiruvalluvar, the Tamil sage of the Sangam period and the author of many popular Tamil aphorisms, Thirukkural. It is a hub of both art and religion. A great blend of the modern and the traditional. A locality that features modern trends yet shines bright with its vibrant history. The neighborhood has evolved beautifully and has welcomed the label of modernization. Even as classical music now blends with new jazzy beats, and traditional dances adorn an international flavor, Mylapore has retained the flavor of ancient sweetness and has gracefully accepted modernity in its own unique style.
There are well renowned educational institutions such as Vidya Mandir Secondary School, P.S Higher Secondary School, which is over a hundred years old. Mylapore is a home to hundreds of temples, churchers and mosques. One of the most religious place is the Kapaleeshwarar Karpagambal temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are a number of shops and exhibition halls in the area.