San Thome was the big city when the English arrived here with dreams of building a small trading post. When Madras had a population of three (Thimmappa, Nagabathan and Francis Day), San Thome had 10,000 people within its walls, for yes, it was a fortified city. San Thome, the town of St Thomas is not just the cathedral – strewn around are small reminders of the fact that this was once a Portuguese town. Some old churches, a few street names, a flagstaff, and who knows what else.

Let us set about on a journey of rediscovery on Sunday June 15. The walk will begin at 6.00 am and end by 8.30 am with a breakfast to follow. Those interested can register by email at