Adyar, Chennai

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Adyar
அடையார்
neighbourhood
A view of Adyar and Adyar estuary
A view of Adyar and Adyar estuary
Locality map of Adyar
Locality map of Adyar
Adyar is located in Tamil Nadu
Adyar
Adyar
Locality map of Adyar
Coordinates: 13°00′23″N 80°15′27″E / 13.0063°N 80.2574°E / 13.0063; 80.2574Coordinates: 13°00′23″N 80°15′27″E / 13.0063°N 80.2574°E / 13.0063; 80.2574
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
Government
 • Body CMDA
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600020
Vehicle registration TN-07
Lok Sabha constituency Chennai South
Vidhan Sabha constituency Mylapore
Planning agency CMDA

Adyar or Adayar is a large neighbourhood in south Chennai (formerly Madras), Tamil Nadu, India. It is located on the southern banks of the Adyar River. It is bounded by the Buckingham Canal to the west, Tiruvanmiyur to the south, and Besant Nagar to the east. Adyar is one of the costliest areas in Chennai with property values four times the value of similar sized properties in the northern part of Chennai.[1]

Adyar is situated on a flat coastal plain, near Adyar river

History[edit]

The neighborhood gets its name from the Adyar River which flows through its northern limits. Adyar and the neighbouring Guindy had been used as hunting grounds by British officials of Fort St. George from the 1680s onwards though Adyar is first mentioned as a suburb of Madras only in a map from the year 1740 when the British purchased the village and integrated it with the Madras Presidency.[2]

Adyar started to grow rapidly at the turn of the 20th century following the founding of the headquarters of the Theosophical Society by Mrs. Helena Blavatsky here in 1883. Following the establishment of the Theosophical Society headquarters, the Kalakshetra, a cultural organisation to promote traditional arts and culture was established by Rukmini Devi Arundale at Adyar in 1936. The 1931 census records Adyar as a zamindari village in Chengalpet district. Adyar was included within the Chennai Corporation limits in 1948. A typical scene of charming Adyar, 1905. "Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries."

Transport[edit]

The Mass Rapid Transit System (Chennai) runs through Adyar and has three stations within the neighbourhood - Kasturbai Nagar, Indira Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur. Adyar has a bus depot operating both intra-city and inter-city buses.

Landmarks[edit]

  • The Theosophical Society, is headquartered in Adyar. The campus, located on the south bank of the Adyar river provides a calm environment for quiet contemplation on comparative religion.
  • The Adyar estuary has been home to over a hundred species of birds[3] but has been affected by urbanization.[4] The Adyar Eco Park was set up by the Government of Tamil Nadu in January 2011 to restore this fragile eco-system to its natural state.[5]
Adyar Signal near Malar Hospital
  • The Elliot's beach in nearby Besant Nagar is the nearest point to the sea, and a popular recreation spot.

Educational and Research Institutions[edit]

Adyar is also home to Adyar Cancer Institute and Central Leather Research Institute, the world's largest leather research institute. IIT Madras, Anna University, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Asian College of Journalism and the Technical Teachers Training Institute are all located in adjacent neighborhoods.

Schools[edit]

Schools in the neighbourhood include Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bala Vidya Mandir, The Hindu Senior Secondary School, Bharath Senior Secondary School, Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Sishya, St Johns English School & Junior College, The School K.F.I., Indus Early Learning Centre and the twin schools of St. Michael's Academy and St. Patrick's.

Localities[edit]

Sub-localities of Adyar include Gandhi Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Indira Nagar, Venkatarathnam Nagar, Padmanabha Nagar, Bhaktavatsalam Nagar, Parameshwari Nagar, Jeevaratnam Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Karpagam Gardens, Besant Nagar and Arunachalapuram..

Sweets and Snacks[edit]

Adyar Ananda Bhavan was founded and is famous in chennai, The Grand Sweets and Snacks which is famous for its Akkaravadasal, the famous Coimbatore based Sri Krishna Sweets which is known for its Mysorepak.

Gallery[edit]

Location in Context[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Property values in an unequal city". The Hindu. 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ Julie Mariappan & Devparna Acharya (22 April 2010). "Rebirth of Adyar creek". Times of India. 
  3. ^ "How urbanisation watered down the natural wealth". The Hindu. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Death of an estuary". The Hindu. 2003-01-12. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Eco-park may cover all of Adyar Creek". The Hindu. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2009-09-23.