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The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Permabur was consecrated in the year 1900.
The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Permabur was consecrated in the year 1900.
Perambur is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 13°06′26″N 80°14′40″E / 13.10727°N 80.24448°E / 13.10727; 80.24448Coordinates: 13°06′26″N 80°14′40″E / 13.10727°N 80.24448°E / 13.10727; 80.24448
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600011
Vehicle registration TN-05
Lok Sabha constituency Chennai North
Vidhan Sabha constituency Perambur

Perambur is a locality in Northern part of the metropolitan city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India. Though the nomenclature source of Perambur is not known, it is widely regarded as a place which used to be a bamboo forest a few hundred years ago, around the Huzur Gardens area, which currently houses the Simpsons Pvt. Ltd,. In Tamil, "Perambu" means bamboo and "oor" means city or place. It is located 4 km from Chennai Central station.

This area was annexed to Chennai in 1742 AD.[1]

Perambur is considered a perfect mixture of commercial and residential hub. Madhavaram High Road, is one of the busiest streets in Perambur. It is famous for its jewelry and pharmacies. It also features a busy grocery market.


Perambur Railway Station with view of Perambur Fly over

Perambur is served by three railway stations. They are Perambur, Perambur Carriage Works and Perambur Loco Works. It is also one of the earliest British settlements in Chennai, mainly because of the railway establishments during the 1850s. Perambur is also noted for the largest presence of Anglo-Indians in Chennai and arguably in South India, mainly because of the erstwhile aplenty British settlements in and around Perambur, during the construction and running of the ICF. Perambur also houses a large number of malayalees who also work for the railways. St.Joseph's Syro-Malabar church is one of the catholic churches in Perambur which serves the malayalee catholics of North-Chennai.

Perambur, incidentally, is one of the major railway hubs in Chennai not only because of ICF but also due to a number of express/super-fast trains having stops. Perambur is the fifth largest station in Chennai in terms of passenger volume after Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram and Mambalam.


Perambur has a wide range of entertainment venues such as cinemas and parks. Perambur has the first shopping mall of the north Chennnai Spectrum Mall which contains wide range of shops and food courts. It also consist of a 5 screen Multiplex named S2 Cinemas which is controlled by popular Theater franchise SPI Cinemas. Perambur also has many other Cinemas Theatres such as Ganga Cinemas which is in Kolathur which is just 5 km from Perambur. Sri Brinda theatre also serves an important destination for cinema lovers in Perambur and part of Moolakadai & Vysarpadi. Perambur has also got a Chennai First Disco Water park named MurasaliMaran Membala Poonga which is always crowded in the weekends.

Neighbouring places[edit]

Perambur serves as an important link between the Northern mofussils of Chennai to the rest of the Greater Chennai. The neighbouring places of Perambur are Kodungaiyur East (3.9 km), Kodungaiyur West (3.3 km), Sembium (2 km), Periyar Nagar (3 km), TVK Nagar (3 km), Kolathur (4 km), Moolakadai (3 km), Madhavaram (6 km), Manali (8 km), Mathur MMDA (7 km), Vyasarpadi (2 km) and Doveton or Purasaiwalkam (3 km), Ponniammanmedu (5 km), Vepery (3.5 km), Vinayagapuram (6 km)), Chennai Central railway station (8 km)

Fly over[edit]

The rail over bridge connecting Perambur railway station with that Perambur Carriage Works had been a source of transportation discomfort because of its narrow pass and low road which used to flood during rain. In 1999 the then Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government decided to build a flyover along with 9 others. But the work reached a halt when one of the columns started sinking. This led to the cost of the proposed flyover shoot from Rs.21 crore (210 millions) to Rs 34 crore (340 millions). Furthermore DMK lost in the consecutive 2001 elections (although its ally Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) retained Perambur constituency) which led to a further stalemate in executing the project.[2] The flyovers became the centre of political debacle to follow for the next 5 years ([1]. After DMK came back to power in 2006,it started working on the project once again but this time with an even more shooting up of the proposed cost. This flyover serves the people living in Perambur, Kolathur, T.V.K. Nagar, Periyarnagar, Aynavaram, Madhavaram and Kodungaiyur

The Flyover was constructed with different plan and was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Mr. Karunanidhi and the then Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Stalin on 28 March 2010. The flyover serves to reduce the traffic congestion in and around North Chennai. It is 1.3 km in length and 13 meters high from the ground level, and is one of the tallest bridge in Chennai after Kathipara, Guindy. The Bridge consist of three berths namely Road transport below level and Rail Transport at the middle level and again road transport at the upper level.


The current Member of Legislative Assembly for the Perambur constituency is Soundararajan from the CPI-M party (an alliance of ADMK). Perambur is bifurcated by two other constituencies, namely that of Kolathur and Thiru-Vi-Ka-Nagar . It also falls under the North Chennai constituency fo elections. Perambur comes under the 51st, 52nd and 53rd wards of the Chennai City Corporation. Perambur assembly constituency (SC) is part of Chennai North (Lok Sabha constituency).[3]


Temples: Ayyappan Temple, Thulukathamman Thirukoil, Vinayakar Koil, Lakshmi Ammman Koil, Lord Ayyappa temple, Pazhani Aandavar Koil, Kalasathaman koil and Muthumariyaman Koil

Churches: Our Lady of Lourdes' Shrine (Roman Catholic) (over 100 years old), Saint Theresa Church (Roman Catholic), Saint Joseph Church (Syro-Malabar Catholic), Saint Gregory Church (Orthodox), Saint George Church (Orthodox), CSI Wesely Church (CSI, Protestant) (over 150 years old)

  • Don Bosco Hr Sec School
  • KRM public school
  • St Joseph's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School (Girls)
  • Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School & Savio Primary School(Located at Our Lady of Lourdes' Shrine campus)
  • Lourdes Girls Hr.Sec. School, Begum Latheefunnisa Islamic Nursery Primary School, St. Mary's Group of Schools, Don Bosco Hr.Sec. School (Near Sri Brindha Theatre), Vivekananda Vidhyalaya, Gnanodhaya Vidhyalayam, Gnanodhaya Girl's High School, SKNS PMC Vivekananda Vidyalaya, St Thomas' Primary School,
  • Railway Mixed Hr. Sec. School,Nayeemullah of this school was world famous
  • Dharmamurthi Rao Bhahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty (DRBCC), Ebeneser Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Kaligi Ranganathan Montford Matriculaton Hr. Sec. School, VOC Vidyalaya, Veera Savarkar, Friends Educational Society School, Bharatha Matha, Sri J.R.E.T Schools
  • Corporation Higher Secondary School
  • Mother Theresa Primary School, Veera Shivaji
  • St Joseph's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School (Girls)
  • St.Mary's Group of Schools (Girls & Boys)
  • Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School (Girls & Boys till Standard V)

Popular streets and roads: Paper mills road, Main road(Siruvallur Road), Foxen street, beer shop lane, Rangasai street, Ballard street, Mohamedan street, Damodaran Street, Raghavan street, Jaganathan colony, Carpenter street, Bundergarden street and Madhavaram high road.

Hospitals: Abhijay Hospital Perambur (ISO 9001 :2008 Certified),Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital


  • Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar
  • Periyar Nagar
  • Peravallur
  • Jawahar Nagar
  • Agaram
  • Ram Nagar
  • Perambur High Road
  • Perambur Barracks
  • Integral Coach Factory
  • GKM Colony
  • Mankalapuram
  • Southern Railway Quarters
  • Panamthope Colony
  • Selavayal
  • Sri Durgai Avenue[4]
  • New Kamaraj Nagar

Location in Context[edit]


  1. ^ "Acquisition of Neighbouring Villages of Madras". Corporation of Chennai. 
  2. ^ . Chennai, India  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  4. ^ Sri Durgai Avenue

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