Valasaravakkam is a municipality in the Thiruvallur district of the Indianstate of Tamil Nadu and a residential suburb of the city of Chennai. It is located in the taluk of Poonamallee at a distance of approximately 15 kilometres from the heart of Chennai city. Valasaravakkam lies on the Arcot Road, one of Chennai's arterial roads. It is under the Maduravoyal election constituency. In October, 2011 Valasaravakkam Municipality ceased to exist and the area became part of Chennai Corporation as Ward Nos. 149 and 152 (Zone XI), Southern Region, Corporation of Chennai. As of 2011, the town had a population of 47,378.
The first planned residential colonies in Valasaravakkam made their appearance during the Second World War. Prior to the war, Valasaravakkam was a small village forming a part of the Saidapet taluk of Chingleput district. Due to its remoteness, development took place at a slow pace until the 1980s. Its strategic location on the Arcot Road has resulted in accelerated growth since then.
1981 - 2001: G. Dattatri (February 10–11, 2005). WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION IN PERI-URBAN CHENNAI – CASE STUDY FINDINGS. Service Provision Governance in the Peri-Urban Interface of Metropolitan Areas. p. 8.
According to 2011 census, Valasaravakkam had a population of 47,378 with a sex-ratio of 1,004 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 4,696 were under the age of six, constituting 2,439 males and 2,257 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 7.01% and .09% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 86.39%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 12278 households. There were a total of 18,485 workers, comprising 117 cultivators, 75 main agricultural labourers, 338 in house hold industries, 16,379 other workers, 1,576 marginal workers, 29 marginal cultivators, 14 marginal agricultural labourers, 58 marginal workers in household industries and 1,475 other marginal workers.
BBCL and Purvankara have developed major residential projects in Valasaravakkam. There are also big apartments ( with around 10 storeys) coming up near the main road (ie) the Arcot Road. The region has good sewage and road infrastructure. The region has its own neighbourhood newspaper called Valasai Times and Arcot Road Times. The Velveeswarar Shivan temple is a very famous temple here. A movie called 'Veedu' was based on Valasaravakkam.