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Location of Pallavaram
in Chennai and India
Coordinates 12°59′N 80°11′E / 12.98°N 80.18°E / 12.98; 80.18
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District(s) Kancheepuram
Municipal Chairman E. Karunanidhi[1]
143984 (2001)
7,999 /km2 (20,717 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
18 km2 (7 sq mi)
16 m (52 ft)

Pallavaram (Tamil: பல்லாவரம்) is a suburban town within the city of Chennai. It is a municipality in Kanchipuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Pallavaram is located just next (within 1 km) to Chennai Airport (International & Domestic) and it's a hub for suburban local trains as well as long distance trains bound south. Road Transport Buses have to cross this very place to go across all over Tamil Nadu. So it's well connected to the road system as well.



Pallavaram was originally called Pallavapuram. It has existed since the times of the Pallava king Mahendravarman I, who built magnificent temples there.

A cave shrine excavated on the Pallavaram Hills is one of the oldest temples in Chennai and predates Mamallapuram. The British archaeologist Robert Bruce Foote discovered artifacts and stone implements belonging to the Old Stone and Iron Age here.


Pallavaram (பல்லாவரம்) is one of the fastest growing towns of Chennai. Image Courtesy - Wikimapia.

Pallavaram in recent times has grown significantly as a residential area. Many skyscrapers have been raised in the past 3 years by India's top most builders as this place is seen as good investment source for the future. Schools, Colleges and university are available in vast number.

It is a roadway hub, as all buses coming to Chennai from the South have to pass through this very place. A 200-foot road being constructed will provide easier access to Old Mahabalipuram Road (New Chennai) and Grand South Trunk (GST) Road.

Pallavaram is located just next (within 1 km) to Chennai Airport (International & Domestic). It's an IT corridor and a business city as we can see many new corporates have been setup offices in Pallavaram.


Pallavaram is well connected to the city of Chennai by public transportation services including the famous electric train service that was built during British rule. Pallavaram is located in the Beach - Tambaram-Chengalpattu suburban railway network.

Pallavaram is around 1 km away from the Chennai Airport. The perungudi bypass road connects Adambakkam, Nanganallur, Madipakkam, Medavakkam, velacheri and perungudi.

The Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST) that connects various south Indian cities to Chennai passes through this township.

In the 1960s and 1970s taking a walk along the GST road was a common activity of elderly residents of Pallavaram; however, this has become uncommon today as the road now has heavy traffic at most times of the day. Train service is one of the important transport source for the residents here.

Buses to Tambaram, Chennai Beach, T Nagar, High Court, Avadi etc are available at regular intervals from Pallavaram. Pallavaram bus stop is a boon to the thousands of residents in and around this area to reach the main road and some other important landmarks in Chennai city.

Pallavapuram Municipality

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1971 51,374
1981 83,901 63.3%
1991 111,866 33.3%
2001 143,984 28.7%

Pallavapuram Municipality was constituted as a III Grade Municipality on 17.01.1970 vide G.o.No. 55 R.D. & L.A. Department dated 12.01.1970, by Combining the following Town Panchayats and Panchayats.

  • Zamin Pallavaram Town Panchayat
  • Issa Pallavaram Town Panchayat
  • Hasthinapuram Town Panchayat
  • Kilkattalai Panchayat
  • Nemilichery Panchayat

It has been upgraded to 2nd Grade Municipality vide G.O. No. 200 R.D. & L.A. dated 10.02.1975, and to 1st Grade on 09.02.1983 as per R.D.& L.A. G.O. No. 651 dated 08.05.1983.

Pallavapuram Municipal office is located at G.S.T. Road, Chromepet. It is very near to Chromepet Railway Station and M.I.T. Campus.[2]

Surrounding area

  • Guindy
  • Chrompet
  • Pammal
  • Anakaputhur
  • Pozhichalur
  • Nagalkeni.

Educational institutions

These schools are located in pallavaram and it's surroundings.

  • Govt.HigherSec.School - GSTRoad,Pallavaram
  • Govt.ElementarySchool - GSTRoad,Pallavaram
  • PrivateElementarySchool - GriffithStreet,Pallavaram
  • PrivateElementarySchool - GriffithStreet,Pallavaram
  • Govt.Hr.Sec.School - PonniammanKoilSt,Zamin Pallavaram
  • Govt.ElementarySchool - Zamin Pallavaram
  • ImmaunualHr.Sec.School - SaraNagar,Zamin Pallavaram
  • SankaraVidyalaya - TiruvalluvarNagar,OldPallavaram
  • PrivateElementarySchool - SaraNagar,OldPallavaram
  • Vel’sCollege - P.V.V.Road,OldPallavaram
  • P.M.A.School - BharathiNagar,Z.Pallavaram
  • SaintMary’sHr.Sec.School - RajajiNagar,Z.Pallavaram
  • VictoriaPrimarySchool - PachaimmanNagar,Pallavaram
  • HolyAngelSchool - GSTRoad,Chrompet
  • SarvodayaSchool - NewColony,Chrompet
  • Govt.BoysHr.Sec.School - NewColony,Chrompet
  • Govt.GirlsHr.Sec.School - NewColony,Chrompet
  • PrivateElementarySchool - NewColony,Chrompet
  • PrivateElementarySchool - 18thCrossSt,NewColony,Chrompet
  • BalajiMedicalCollege - CLCWorksRoad,Chrompet.
  • - BigStreet,Keelakattlai
  • HolyfamilyHr.Sec.School - MedavakkamRoad,Keelakattlai
  • VaishnavaWomensCollege - Chrompet
  • RobertMatriculationSchool - RadhaNagar,Chrompet
  • St.MarksMat.Hr.Sec.School - RadhaNagar,Chrompet
  • VengateswaraPrimarySchool - Chrompet
  • VengateswaraMiddleSchool - Chrompet
  • HolyCrossSchool - ShanthiNagar,Chrompet
  • C.S.I.School - Chrompet
  • St.MarysPrimarySchool - RadhaNagar,Chrompet
  • BharathiMiddleSchool - Bharathipuram,Chrompet
  • SaintPaulsMat.School - Bharathipuram,Chrompet
  • XavierHr.Sec.School - NGOColony,Chrompet]
  • CSIMiddleSchool - PurusothamanNagar,Chrompet
  • MunicipalEle.School - Hasthinapuram
  • MunicipalHr.Sec.School -Hasthinapuram
  • RamakrishnaMat.School - Hasthinapuram
  • SathyaSaiMat.School - Nemilicherry
  • DonBoscoMat.School - Nemilicherry
  • MaheswariMat.School - Nemilicherry
  • IyyasamyMiddleSchool - NehruNagar
  • VivekanandaMat.School - NehruNagar
  • NSNMatriculationSchool - NehruNagar
  • CSMatriculationSchool - NehruNagar
  • BharathiConventSchool - MuthamizNagar[3]


Cinema is one of the important entertainment in this city of Chennai. The following theatres are located in pallavaram.[4]

  • Lakshmi at G.S.T. Road
  • Venthan at Suguna Colony
  • Dhanalaskhmi at Madavakam Road
  • Vetri at G.S.T. Road
  • Rakesh at G.S.T. Road

Pallavaram Hill

Pallavaram hill is believed home to a relic of Prophet Mohammad, and Muslims of the place take a religious walk to the top of the hill on the eve of Ramzan.

The Hill is a shooting spot for Tamil Movies and Television dramas. Some of the movies that have been filmed here include Bhairavi, Oor Kaavalan and Indru Poi Naalai Vaa. The central government has also set up a research centre on the hill.


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