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Kolavai Lake on the outskirts of Chengalpattu
|Elevation||36 m (118 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Chengalpattu, formerly known as Chingleput, is southwestern suburb of Chennai city and Taluk in Kanchipuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the headquarters of the Chengalpattu Taluk of the district and is 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of the state capital, Chennai on the National Highway 45.
The city is believed to have been named after a lily called 'chenkazhuneer poo' which is found aplenty in the region. It is on the Palar River about 56 km southwest of Chennai city (Madras). Chengalpattu is an important railway junction and commercial center. It has a medical college and other colleges affiliated with the University of Madras. As of 2011, the town had a population of 62,579.
Chingleput was formerly a capital of the kings of Vijayanagara, after their defeat by the Deccan sultanates at Battle of Talikota in 1565. In 1639 a local governor or nayak, subject to these kings, granted a piece of coastal land to the British East India Company where Fort St George now stands, which became the nucleus of the city of Madras. The fortress at Chingleput, built by the Vijayanagara kings in the 16th century, was of strategic importance, owing to its swampy surroundings and the lake that flanked its side.
Chingleput was taken by the French in 1751 and was retaken in 1752 by Robert Clive, after which it proved of great strategic advantage to the British, especially when Lally failed to capture the fortress in his advance on Madras.
During the wars of the British with Hyder Ali of Mysore, it withstood his assault and afforded a refuge to the nearby residents. In 1780, after the defeat of Colonel W. Baillie, the army of Sir Hector Munro took refuge there. By 1900 the town was noted for its manufacture of pottery and was a local market center, especially of the rice trade. The surrounding district was home to cotton and silk weaving, indigo dyeing, tanneries, and a cigar factory, and extensive salt manufacturing took place along the coast.
Chengalpattu is located at  It has an average elevation of 36 metres (118 ft). Lake Kolavai is near Chingleput..
According to 2011 census, Chengalpattu had a population of 62,579 with a sex-ratio of 1,020 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 5,884 were under the age of six, constituting 3,045 males and 2,839 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 15.55% and 1.44% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 83.25%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 15675 households. There were a total of 23,937 workers, comprising 264 cultivators, 215 main agricultural labourers, 475 in house hold industries, 19,376 other workers, 3,607 marginal workers, 127 marginal cultivators, 66 marginal agricultural labourers, 175 marginal workers in household industries and 3,239 other marginal workers.
There are number of educational institutes in Chingleput.
- Chengalpet Government Medical College
- Rajeswari Vedachalam Govt Arts College
- Karpaga Vinayaga College of Engineering and Technology
- Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Medical Science
- Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Dental Science
- Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Nursing
- Asan Memorial College of Engineering and Technology
- Indra Gandhi Women's college of Engineering
- Vidyasagar Women's College
- Shri Andal Alagar College of Engineering
Chenglapattu is well connected by road and rail. The Chennai Airport lies just 38 km north of the town and can be reached in about 1 hour by road. Melmaruvathur is about 35 km from Chengalpet. To reach Tindivanam, which is 69 km away,it takes about 1.3 hours through GST Road or NH 45.
Chengalpattu is a railway junction and it lies in the Main Broad Gauge line and most of the south bound trains stop here. There is a railway connection to Arakkonam via Kanchipuram. There are many trains running from Kanchipuram via Chingleput to Beach Station stopping at all stations up to Tambaram. Superfast trains are available, running from Chingleput to Tambaram, Guindy, Mambalam, Egmore, Park and finally Beach Station.
There are many buses connecting Chengalpattu with other parts of the state and beyond. Some of them are
Few MTC Buses Towards Chengalpattu
|157 M||Mamallapuram||Cheyyar||Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu|
|164 C||Kalpakkam||Chittoor||Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Arakonam|
|144 C||Chengalpattu||Chittoor||Kanchipuram, Ranipet, Ponnai|
|197 UD||Kalpakkam||Nagerkoil||Chengalpattu, Trichi|
|831 UD||Tambaram||Bengaluru||Chengalpattu, Vellore|
|212 H||Kalpakkam||Tirupathi||Chengalpattu, Arakonam, Thiruthani|
|EXP||Kalpakkam||Trichy||Chengalpattu, Tindivanam, Villupuram|
|471 UD||Kalpakkam||Coimbatore||Chengalpattu, Tindivanam, Salem|
|834 UD / 444K EXP||Kalpakkam||Bangalore||Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Hosur|
|500||Tambaram||Chengalpattu||Vandalore Zoo, Guduvanchery, Maraimalainagar, S.P.Koil|
|500 Dlx||T.Nagar||Chengalpattu||Saidapet, Guindy, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Vandalore Zoo, Guduvanchery, Maraimalainagar, S.P.Koil|
|500A||Hasthinapuram||Chengalpattu||Tambaram, Vandalore Zoo, Guduvanchery, Maraimalainagar, S.P.Koil|
|500B A/C||Broadway||Chengalpattu||Central, TVS, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Vandalore Zoo, Guduvanchery, Maraimalainagar, S.P.Koil|
|500J||Velachery||Chengalpattu||Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Camp road Tambaram East, Vandalore Zoo, Guduvanchery, Maraimalainagar, S.P.Koil|
|577||Mandaveli||Chengalpattu||Adyar, Guindy, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Vandalore Zoo, Guduvanchery, Maraimalainagar, S.P.Koil|
Today Chengalpattu has developed as a touristic spot for many foreign travellers on their way to Mamallapuram, Thirukazhukundram, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary and Kanchipuram, [Kraikali Bird Sanctuary]. The boat house established by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) in the Kolavai lake which is alongside the NH 45 highway has turned into a place where people can relax with their families on weekends. The monsoon rains flooded the gates of the lake in December 2005 due to which the TTDC boat club operation has been stopped. It also serves as a bridge connecting all nearby districts with the renowned tourist places like Mahabalipuram, Muttukadu, theme parks on East Coast Road (ECR), Thirukazhukundram, Beautiful village villagam Famous for karimanikka perumal temple, Eralliamman temple located just 20 km from chengalpet town.
- Sri Raghavendra Temple,Chengalpattu (Near Ramakrishna School)
- Sri Hayagriva Temple, Chettypunyam
- Sri Agora Veerabhadra Temple, Hanumanthapuram
- Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Tirumalai Vaiyavoor, Near Vedanthangal
- Sri Eari katha Ramar Temple, Maduranthakam
- Sri Vedhapurieswarar Temple, [Thirukalukundram]
- Sri Thirupurasundari Amman Temple, [Thirukalukundram]
Kolavai Lake is the second largest lake in the Kanchipuram District after Madhuranthagam Lake. Once very huge, it has been reduced to nearly half the size due to the creation of the Mahindra World city on its banks and other encroachments. Kolavai Lake is well known for its perennial nature: There are no records of going dry in summers. It even supplies water to industries in Chennai when the lakes in Chennai go dry. The lake is now being polluted due to the rapid urbanisation of Chengalpattu. The early morning sunrise and the moon hovering above the lake over its waters in the night are scenic to the eyes. The lake's beauty can be experienced by taking a train from the Chengalpattu station to Paranur.
There are several modern industries around Chengalpattu, due to the town's proximity to Chennai and its frequent connectivity to other places through rail and road.
Several companies in and around the town like Tech Mahindra, Wipro, BMW, Ford, Flextronics, Foxconn, Dell, Samsung, Infosys, Pepsi, TVS, Siemens, Nissan Renault, Apollo Tyres, Mahindra R & D, Bay forge have production plants near Chengalpattu.
Madurantakam Co operative Sugar Mill.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Chengalpattu
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- "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Chengalpattu". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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